Portland, September 12th, 2015. The pavilions and courtyards of Lan Su Chinese Garden were the scene of the fourth annual Under the Moonlight Fundraising Dinner. KGW Anchor Tracy Barry was the emcee for the evening. Supporters donated more than $72,000 to help support Lan Su Chinese Garden’s mission of engaging visitors in the rich cultural history of China. The funds will help support award winning cultural programming, garden and plant maintenance and fill the gap between the reduced price Lan Su charges for school groups to visit and their actual cost.

Vanessa Abahashemi, Lan Su Chinese Garden Director of Philanthropy; Table Host Christina Wilson

Vanessa Abahashemi, Lan Su Chinese Garden Director of Philanthropy; Table Host Christina Wilson

Connie Hiram - Board Director; Soren Jorgensen; and Henry Bruns

Connie Hiram – Board Director; Soren Jorgensen; and Henry Bruns

Bartender Adam Simpson creates the famed Spanish Coffee from Huber’s Restaurant on the lakeside terrace of Lan Su Chinese Garden

Bartender Adam Simpson creates the famed Spanish Coffee from Huber’s Restaurant on the lakeside terrace of Lan Su Chinese Garden

Ian Lindsay, event auctioneer; Terry Smith - Board Director; SaTina Smith

Ian Lindsay, event auctioneer; Terry Smith – Board Director; SaTina Smith

Jonathan and Laura Wilson

Jonathan and Laura Wilson

A Cena assistant chef creates risotto with Chef Enrico Merendino from A Cena Ristorante

A Cena assistant chef creates risotto with Chef Enrico Merendino from A Cena Ristorante

The evening featured eight of Portland’s best chefs and restaurants treating attendees to a unique and exciting three and four-course meal under the evening sky at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Limited to only 100 guests, this experience is one of Portland’s best-kept secrets. Under the Moonlight at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Participating chefs and restaurants included Adelé Nofield from Wilf’s Restaurant & Bar with appetizers and custom drinks; Chef Cory Schreiber from the Art Institute of Portland; Chef Enrico Merendino from A Cena Ristorante; Chef Mark Hosack from Gracie’s in Hotel DeLuxe; Chef John Eisenhart from Nel Centro; Chef Alex Diestra from Saucebox; and Chefs Ed Ross and Gabe Rosen from Biwa + Noraneko. Additionally bartender Adam Smith from Huber’s Café created Huber’s signature Spanish Coffee on the lakeside terrace as an after-dinner treat.

From Lan Su Chinese Garden:

Lan Su Chinese Garden depends on visitors, members and donors to maintain the garden as a center of calm, culture and beauty in the in the heart of the city.

Supporting Lan Su Chinese Garden is easy and impactful. Become a member and enjoy the hundreds of programs a year or make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one. Provide your employees with a place to decompress with a business membership or sponsor an event to highlight your company’s commitment to cross-cultural engagement.

Choose Your Way to Support Lan Su

Thank you for giving. Your support of Lan Su ensures that Lan Su is always there for young children to discover, for friends and families to connect, and for people to find a place of calm when they need it most.

 

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