Annual Partnership Program

Reflecting on a challenging year, 2020 was a year of growth as we served over 60,000 guests – the most ever since our founding in 2005! Highlights of 2020 include:

  • A record-setting Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights returned even bigger and brighter, featuring over ¾-million lights, new features, and a safer guest experience for over 20,000 guests over 17 nights!
  • The opening of our world-class Japanese-inspired “Island Garden,” a gift from Don and Jurate Krabill, designed by renowned Japanese garden designer and Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, Sadafumi Uchiyama.
  • Growing Community inspired by a pandemic with more Community Partnerships than ever before, including with CAPS, the Elkhart County Symphony, Elkhart Public Library, the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, supporting a different not-for-profit on each of 17 nights of Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights, and more!

As an Annual Partner, Event Sponsor, or Corporate Sponsor (NEW for 2021), you’ll share in these accomplishments that further our Mission to celebrate the inseparable relationship between water and life, inspire creativity and lifelong learning, foster stewardship of our natural world, and grow community. Your support makes a direct impact in our community. Through the vision of our board of directors, the tireless commitment of volunteers throughout the community, and the dedication of passionate staff, we are committed to making a difference in Elkhart and beyond!

Will you help us in making that difference?

We invite you to be a part of a vibrant, dynamic, and growing regional attraction! 2021 promises to be an exciting year as we launch 2021: The Year of Peace, featuring OrigamiintheGarden2 – on display April 24 through October 17, complementing our world-class Japanese-inspired “Island Garden”. From our Groovin’ in the Gardens Summer Concert Series and new Origami Nights to Taste of the Gardens on August 22 and our incredible Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights experience beginning November 26, there’s something for everyone’s interest and involvement.

As a Partner or Sponsor, you will share in these accomplishments that further our Mission to celebrate the inseparable relationship between water and life, inspire creativity and lifelong learning, foster stewardship of our natural world, and grow community. Your partnership allows us to build capacity and ensures that we will continue to grow strong roots. Please consider a partnership that not only serves you or your organization through increased positive exposure, great benefits, and shared values, but also grows the community of Elkhart and creates an invaluable regional resource for generations to come. NEW in 2021 – – Corporate Sponsorship packages for all support levels that can be customized to meet the needs of your business!

Options and benefits are included below. It would be our pleasure to present a more thorough overview of what’s to come by meeting you where you’re at, connecting via Zoom, or by giving you a tour at Wellfield, scheduled at your convenience. Feel free to reach out with questions, ideas, or to schedule a brief meeting or tour. Thank you for your consideration.

Please consider our 2021 Partnership Opportunities Menu. Each program offers a variety of support levels and benefits to suit your individual needs. Click each for full details and to download sponsorship form.

  • Annual Partnership

    • Help us meet our most essential needs; Annual Partnership is critical to our operations and puts your support where it’s needed the most. Support levels begin at $2500 and include year-round recognition, gift memberships, and event tickets/table benefit at Summer Evening in the Gardens Setptember 8. NEW in 2021 – – Corporate Sponsorship packages for all support levels that can be customized to meet the needs of your business!

  • OrigamiintheGarden2 Exhibit

    • Apr 24-Oct 17, 2021, this is the first traveling exhibit of its kind in Elkhart County, 21 unique sculptures by artist Kevin Box of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Support levels from $1500-10,000 with terrific PR/marketing exposure on/offsite with great benefits.

  • Origami Nights

    • Evening cocktail parties featuring our OrigamiintheGarden2 exhibit. Individual Tickets available and Sponsor Levels from $500-5000. June 9, July 20, and August 17.

  • Groovin’ in the Gardens – Summer Concert Series Sponsorship:

    • In its 6th season, our summer concert season June 17-August 19 provides a recurring weekly audience, great weekly concert benefits for your clients or social guests, with support levels and associated benefits from $1500.

  • Taste of the Gardens:

    • Annual favorite bringing 4000+ to Wellfield for great food, art, and live music; support levels from $500 to $5000; great marketing exposure, membership, and ticket benefits. August 22.
  • Summer Evening in the Gardens
    • Our Premier Summer Evening Gala Dinner honoring our Annual Partners and Sponsors, this year celebrating and featuring our OrigamiintheGarden2 exhibit. Sponsorships are available; tickets/tables reserved for Partners and Sponsors at $5000-level and above. September 8.

    Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights:

    • A popular family tradition in its fifth and much-anticipated “Million Light Year”, will attract over 20,000 guests in December; support levels from $500-5000, seasonal exposure to an expanding regional audience with great benefits.

Please help us in thanking our 2020-2021 Annual Partners (*Annual Partners that have renewed their commitment for 2021-2022)

$100,000 Plus
*Peggy Weed
The Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director Chair Endowment

$50,000 Plus
Robert E. Richardson Freedom Legacy Fund

$25,000 Plus 
*John Alter and Sueann VonGunten
Doug Grant
Welch Packaging / Scott and Kim Welch

$15,000 Plus
Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Rex and Alice A. Martin Foundation

$10,000 Plus
Center for Hospice Care
*Steven K. Haines
Merrill Lynch – Kahn, Ruthrauff & Associates / Matthew and Janine Kahn
Dana and Tom Pletcher
*The Elkhart Truth (in-kind)

Vision in Mission

$5,000 Plus
Stuart and Paula Barb
Aimee and Jason Bontrager
Patty Brotherson
Burns Rent-Alls, Inc.
Joel and Amy Duthie
Irene Lawson
MORryde International, Inc.

Family of Phyllis and Paul Myers, Karen and Tom
*Doug and Sharon Risser
Gerald Shaffer
*Brian and Lauri Smith

$2500 Plus
Tom and Dottie Arnold
George and Patricia Bucklen
Chiphone Federal Credit Union
Aaron and Julie Clow
Cornerstone CPA Group, LLP
Teri and Mike Crabill
*Elkhart Rotary Club
Indiana Trust Wealth Managment
INOVA Federal

Cidney and Don Walter

Conservation Partner 2020
Orbis Environmental Consulting

For more information about Annual Partnership opportunities, please contact Eric Garton, Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director at (574) 266-2006 or email Or Download our 2021 Annual Partnership Opportunities sheet by clicking here.

Wellfield Botanic Gardens was founded in 2005 and is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which derives all of its operating capital, development costs and endowment from private donations, user fees, annual memberships, private grants and earned income. Wellfield Botanic Gardens receives NO government or tax-based funding of any kind. 

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