RIDGELY Guests attending Adkins Arboretum's inaugural "Magic in the Meadow" fundraising event Sept. 20 were the first to learn of a major gift to the Arboretum's capital campaign. Dr. Peter Stifel, supporter and board president, has pledged $1 million to the Arboretum's first, multi-year campaign, the Campaign to Build a Green Legacy.
A retired University of Maryland geology professor, Stifel lives at his family estate, "Hope House," near Tunis Mills. He has served on the Arboretum Board of Trustees since 2002.
The $5 million Campaign to Build a Green Legacy supports the expansion of an environmentally sensitive Arboretum Center for the 400-acre garden and nature preserve in Ridgely. The new facilities will host year-round programs and seasonal events promoting the conservation of the Chesapeake region's native landscape and the value of sustainable "green" living.
At the evening's events, Stifel spoke about both the Arboretum's contributions to the region and his commitment to helping it achieve its goal.
"This gift is to help Adkins Arboretum fulfill its goal and mission to provide a place, in nature and the outdoors, for learning about plants and the environment, for reflection and contemplation, and for the enjoyment of art, of music and of the natural world around us," Stifel said. "Having taught about the earth and its life for thirty years at College Park, I totally support everything the Arboretum is doing and am truly honored and grateful to be able to help Adkins improve its facilities."
Arboretum Executive Director Eleanor Altman added that, "Peter's gift is an affirmation of the Arboretum's contributions to the region and the children and adults it serves. Through his generosity, his commitment to environmental stewardship is now a legacy. The prospects of beginning construction on the Arboretum's new visitor's center in spring 2009 are very exciting a dream come true."
For more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.