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. Signature Young Friends events include Fest-of-Ale, an annual tasting of locally brewed beers each fall, and the annual Trivia Night–Garden Style.

Young Friends Council
The Young Friends program is led by the Young Friends Council, a group of 50 young-professional leadership volunteers who serve as ambassadors for the Garden within the community. A call for Council members is made every spring through the Young Friends email list and through our Facebook group. Council members are selected through a résumé submission process by a nominating committee consisting of current Council members.

Meet the Chair
Young Friends Council chair Cindy HultsCindy Hults, Senior Field Supervision Director with Edward Jones, became the third chair of the Council in July 2015. Learn a little more about her.

Sign up for the Young Friends email list

To learn more, please email or call (314) 577-9432.

Success in 2015

Children's GardenThe Young Friends Council decided that all proceeds raised through Young Friends events in 2014 through 2018 would be directed to support the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden. The Council raised more than $50,000 through 5 events in 2014.

These funds will be used by the Children’s Garden for physical improvements to the Nature Explore Classroom, including a new log-climbing structure, new instruments, and a weaving loom. Funds will also support education staff, program enhancements, and seasonal closing weekend activities.

Young Friends events include perennial favorites Trivia Night—Garden Style, Tulip Trot, and Fest-of-Ale as well as newer offerings Be A Kid Again and Garden Gallop.

The Young Friends Council is excited to continue this success in 2015 and has already raised over $27,000 toward the 2015 goal.

The Young Friends Council has also personally contributed more than $46,000 to the Garden for the World campaign to support the expansion of the Brookings Interpretive Center, furthering their commitment to children's education at the Garden. The Board of Trustees was so impressed with this success, they have matched the total and doubled the impact!

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