Dallas Arboretum Recognizes Five ‘Garden Greats’

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden recently hosted the Great Contributors Gala honoring Tom and Phyllis McCasland, Sue Ringle (posthumously), and Al and Carolyn Olson.

The event featured a champagne reception and silent auction before the dinner and program. Event co-chairs Sharon Ballew and Mari Epperson also served as Artscape co-chairs.

“We are here tonight to recognize and honor individuals from our board, volunteers and Women’s Council who have contributed their time, talent, and resources to help our garden grow and draw more than a million visitors from around the globe,” Dallas Arboretum board chairman Alan Walne said.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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