Young Friends
Young Friends of the Garden

Fest-of-AleYoung Friends of the Garden is a group of young professionals with an interest in the Garden’s work in promoting sustainability and strengthening cultural life. Participants enjoy opportunities to meet other young professionals and socialize at after-hours Garden events. 

Sign up for the Young Friends email list.

Young Friends events include Trivia Night—Garden Style, Garden Gallop, and Fest-of-Ale.

Young Friends Council
The Young Friends Council is a board of young-professional leadership volunteers who serve as ambassadors for the Garden within the community. 

Officers

Council Chair
Mike Torney 

Council Co-Chair
Gwen Arenberg

Communications Committee Chair
Meghan Santen

Membership Committee Chair
Kati Johnson

Outreach Committee Chair
Erica Agnew

Members

Lucy Adams Andrew Martin
Jack Arnold Evan Martin
Trey Bartsch Jennifer Merritt
Eryn Bassett Chelsea Merta
Laura Bentele Susan Meyer
Adam Berkowitz Laura Miller
Kimberly Bousquet Jennifer Mullikin
Billy Brennan Rosemary Nazaruk
Allison Cohn Jessica Neumeyer
Erin Davis Kevin O'Shaughnessy
Ashley Diaz Katy Robertson
Brenna Doyle Chrissy Hill Rogers
Mallory Fisk Kyle Rosborg
Colin Gibbs John Strahlman
Jesse Gray Erin Sullentrup
Hillary Gredell Kate Tichelkamp
Richard Jerelds Courtney Vomund
Rachel Jones Elizabeth Wells
Kyle Juvers Lee Wilber
Caroline Lemp Athanasia Xeros
Megan Maher  

Join the Young Friends Council

A call for Council members is made every spring through the Young Friends email list and the Young Friends Facebook group. Council members are selected through a résumé submission process by a nominating committee consisting of current Council members. New members are announced in June.

To learn more, please email young_friends@mobot.org or call (314) 577-5154.

Call for Council members

The Young Friends Council is currently accepting applications for new members. Please submit your cover letter and résumé by June 19 to young_friends@mobot.org

Council members are expected to support the program by donating their time, participating in decision-making and providing financial commitments. This includes but is not limited to:

  • maintaining an active Garden membership
  • attending monthly Council meetings and programs
    (8 Council meetings per year, Tuesday evenings)
  • volunteering for Garden events
  • supporting Young Friends events through volunteering, financial support and attending the events
    (4 events per year)

Council members are also expected to serve as ambassadors for the Garden by promoting the institution and its mission to their professional and social networks.

All nominees for the Young Friends Council will be notified of selections by July 19, 2020.

Questions? Email young_friends@mobot.org or call (314) 577-5154.

Making an Impact: Fundraising Success

Woman helps young girl water plants in recycled containerBetween 2014 and 2018, Young Friends events raised $270,00 to support the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden. The funds benefited improvements to the Children's Garden, including new nature instruments and nature-inspired books. Funds also supported education staff, program enhancements, and seasonal closing weekend activities.

In 2019, the Young Friends fundraising efforts began to support the Garden's sustainability programs across our community, raising more than $70,000 that year. The Young Friends Council continues to support sustainability in 2020.

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