Make your Green Ball date for Food, Fashion, Philanthropy, Fun!

Green Ball

Friday, April 26th • 7-11 p.m. • Moonrise Hotel • 6177 Delmar

by Jean Ponzi

Shimmer into your emerald sequins and shake your teal tuxedo tails at the 4th annual Green Ball. On Friday April 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. even the moon glows Green over the Delmar Loop, as sustainably-chic Moonrise Hotel presents this gala event.

Date-friendly tickets at $50 include an evening full of fun: creative cocktails, beer and wine, local-food delicacies and deserts, Lindy-hopping to music of The Trip Daddys and the chance to mix with our town’s mover-and-shaker champions of Green. The Green Ball benefits the EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden, supporting some of our region’s best sustainability education work. And Garden member tickets are just $40 each.

A Green Ball highlight returns this year: the fabulous and funky Green Fashion Contest. An expert panel of fashion and style judges will award Best Dressed prizes to three winners. Whether you wear recycled, handmade, eco-friendly, vintage or simply and superbly colored green, your creative attire is encouraged. Shine in the spotlight of sustainable design!

The Moonrise Hotel, located at 6177 Delmar in the Loop, employs extensive green efforts including hotel-wide composting and recycling, a solar-powered rooftop bar and rotating “moon” and an electric vehicle charging station.
“We’re extremely pleased to partner with the Moonrise for this fourth year on the Green Ball to raise awareness of sustainability and Missouri Botanical Garden’s efforts in this area,” says Glenda Abney, director of the EarthWays Center. “We’re looking forward to a great turnout to demonstrate how our choices that affect the environment can be exciting, beautiful and fun!”

To highlight the importance of sustainable events, the Green Ball will be Earth Friendly. Carbon offsets for travel and electricity will be provided. Materials will be printed on recycled paper and food waste will be composted. Decor will be eco-friendly, paper and glass waste will be recycled and guests will enjoy “St. Louis’ Finest” tap water instead of drinking from single-use bottles. Free valet parking will treat carpools with four or more Green Ball guests.

Guests may purchase raffle tickets for premium baskets featuring eco-friendly goods, gift certificates and weekend getaways donated by local businesses.
All raffle proceeds will also benefit the EarthWays Center.

While Missouri Botan-ical Garden’s mission is to protect and preserve plants, the EarthWays Center focuses on educating and motivating the greatest threat to plants and the environment: people! EarthWays provides sustainable living programs for students, teachers, community leaders, businesses, municipalities, and green building professionals and contractors in Missouri and Illinois. Discover EarthWays Resources at www.mobot.org/sustainability.

Go paperless: purchase your Green Ball tickets online at http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability-conservation/sustainable-learning/special-events/green-ball.aspx or by calling 314-577-0291. Find 2013 Green Ball updates on Facebook.

See you on the Green carpet, Friday evening April 26th, at the 2013 Green Ball!