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Opening gala surprises and delights Children's Adventure Garden supporters

Opening gala surprises Children's Adventure Garden supporters

Howard Meyers,  Rory Meyers, Kevin Meyers,  Craig Meyers  with Annie Hickman’s Rainforest Creatures
Howard Meyers, Rory Meyers, Kevin Meyers and Craig Meyers with Annie Hickman's Rainforest Creatures. Photo by Kristina Bowman
Steve Ratchford, Brandy Ratchford, Rory Meyers Childrens Adcenture Garden
Steve Ratchford, Brandy Ratchford Photo by Steve Foxall
Alana Brame,  Ron Brame, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Gala
Alana Brame, Ron Brame Photo by Steve Foxall
Michael Han, Rita Han, Rory Meyers Childrens Advevnture Garden
Michael Han, Rita Han Photo by Steve Foxall
David Javitch, Rikki Javitch, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Garden
David Javitch, Rikki Javitch
Bill Graue, Mary Brinegar, Willis Winters, Don Glendenning
Bill Graue, Mary Brinegar, Willis Winters, Don Glendenning Photo by Kristina Bowman
Emily Corrigan, David Corrigan, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Garden
Emily Corrigan, David Corrigan Photo by Kristina Bowman
Amber Harrell, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Gardens
Amber Harrell Photo by Steve Foxall
Debra Shivers,  Brian Shivers, Rory Meyers Children Adventure Garden
Debra Shivers, Brian Shivers Photo by Kristina Bowman
Will Huckin, Marisa Huckin, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Garden
Will Huckin, Marisa Huckin Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Carlos Garcia, Martha Guera, Rory Meyers Children Adventure Garden
Carlos Garcia, Martha Guera Photo by Daniel Driensky
Natalia & Artoush Varshosaz, Rory Meyers Children Adventure Garden
Natalia Varshosaz, Artoush Varshosaz Photo by Daniel Driensky
Travis & Stephanie McElroy, Curtis Hale, Rory Meyers Adventure Gardens
Travis McElroy, Stephanie McElroy, Curtis Hale Photo by Daniel Driensky
Howard Meyers,  Rory Meyers, Kevin Meyers,  Craig Meyers  with Annie Hickman’s Rainforest Creatures
Steve Ratchford, Brandy Ratchford, Rory Meyers Childrens Adcenture Garden
Alana Brame,  Ron Brame, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Gala
Michael Han, Rita Han, Rory Meyers Childrens Advevnture Garden
David Javitch, Rikki Javitch, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Garden
Bill Graue, Mary Brinegar, Willis Winters, Don Glendenning
Emily Corrigan, David Corrigan, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Garden
Amber Harrell, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Gardens
Debra Shivers,  Brian Shivers, Rory Meyers Children Adventure Garden
Will Huckin, Marisa Huckin, Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Garden
Carlos Garcia, Martha Guera, Rory Meyers Children Adventure Garden
Natalia & Artoush Varshosaz, Rory Meyers Children Adventure Garden
Travis & Stephanie McElroy, Curtis Hale, Rory Meyers Adventure Gardens

Nearly 1,000 glam guests descended on the Dallas Arboretum to celebrate the opening of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, the most thrilling new go-to destination for Dallas families.

The evening began with cocktails on the terrace and was followed by a seated dinner in Rosine Hall, where guests enjoyed an elegant meal and caught up with fellow green thumbs and supporters of the arboretum.

The naming gift was provided by Howard Meyers and his sons in honor of his wife and their mother, Rory Meyers, a well-known civic leader, community volunteer, and longtime member of the arboretum board and chair of the education committee.

Joining the Meyers family and gala co-chairs Judy Gibbs and Sandra Estess were Diane and Hal Brierley, Caroline Rose Hunt, Linda Evans, Margaret McDermott, Skye and Bill Brewer, Brent Christopher, and Susie and Leo Corrigan.

This wasn't any ordinary gala, so of course there were bound to be some unique surprises. Entertainment for the evening was a real treat, as the Texas Winds Musical Outreach, the Garland Independent School District fifth grade children’s choir, and Annie Hickman’s Rainforest Creatures and Dancers took turns performing.

“Although the weather prevented us from having the Children’s Gala in the garden, it was a wonderful celebration to honor the Meyers family and all the donors who have helped us build the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden,” said Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum.

“This 8-acre interactive was designed to address state and national standards in life and earth sciences and to help the next generation learn about science and nature in nature.”

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is open 9 am-5 pm daily. All proceeds from the gala benefited the arboretum, which Dallas can proudly claim as one of the leading botanic gardens in the world.