Annual Partnership Program


We invite you to be a part of a vibrant, dynamic, and growing regional attraction!

2020 promises to be the best yet as we launch Kisetsu: The Year of the Island Garden 2020, celebrating our NEW Japanese-inspired “Island Garden,” a generous gift from Don and Jurate Krabill. From our featured exhibit: OrigamiintheGarden2 (postponed to 2021 due the Coronavirus pandemic) to our Summer Evening on the Island Garden events scheduled for June 23, July 21, and August 18, Groovin’ in the Gardens Summer Concert Series, Taste of the Gardens on August 23, and our incredible Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights experience beginning November 27, there’s something for everyone’s interest and involvement. 

As a partner or sponsor, you’ll share in events and 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 sustain momentum, build capacity, and ensures that Wellfield continues to grow toward sustainability. 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.

Please consider our 2020 Partnership Opportunities Menu. Each program offers a variety of support levels and benefits to suit your needs. Click each for full details and to download sponsorship form.

  • Annual Partnership:

    • Addesses our most essential needs, 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 including our Summer Evening in the Gardens dinner gala on June 11.

  • OrigamiintheGarden2 (Postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus pandemic):

    • May-October 2021, Wellfield’s first traveling exhibit, 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 including admission and event tickets.

  • Summer Evening on the Island Garden:

    • Our Premier Summer Evening Parties honoring our Annual Partners and Event Sponsors, this year celebrating the opening of our NEW Japanese-inspired “Island Garden.” Individual Ticket and Sponsor Levels from $1000-10,000.

  • Groovin’ in the Gardens – Concert Series Sponsorship:

    • In its 5th season, our 10-week concert season June through August provides a recurring weekly audience of 350+, great weekly concert benefits for your clients or social guests, with support levels from $1500.

  • Taste of the Gardens:

    • Annual favorite bringing 5000+ to Wellfield for great food, amazing art, and live music; support levels from $500 to $5000, great marketing exposure on/offsite, membership and ticket benefits.

  • Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights:

    • A family tradition in year four, will attract over 20,000 guests in December; support levels from $1000, seasonal exposure to an expanding regional audience with great benefits.


Please help us in thanking our 2019-2020 Annual Partners
*Thanks to those donors who have renewed their commitment for 2020-2021!

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

$25,000 Plus 
*Doug Grant

$15,000 Plus
*Community Foundation of Elkhart County
*Rex and Alice A. Martin Foundation
Kurt Janowsky / Navarre Hospitality Group
 Welch Packaging
*John Alter and Sueann VonGunten

$10,000 Plus
*Center for Hospice Care
Merrill Lynch – Kahn, Ruthrauff & Associates /
Matthew and Janine Kahn

*Dana and Tom Pletcher
*Vision in Mission

$5,000 Plus
*Stuart and Paula Barb
*Aimee and Jason Bontrager
*Burns Rent-Alls, Inc.
D&W, Inc.
*Joel and Amy Duthie
*Steven K. Haines
Helgeson Steel, Inc.

Kem Krest
Irene Lawson
*MORryde International, Inc.

*Family of Phyllis and Paul Myers, Karen and Tom
*Elkhart Rotary Club
*Gerald Shaffer
Brian and Lauri Smith
Carl and Emilie Tiedemann

$2500 Plus
1st Source Bank
*Tom and Dottie Arnold
*Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Broderick Chiropractic Center
*Patty Brotherson
Janette Burkhart-Miller
Ken and Tammie Carr / TalentSource
Chiphone Federal Credit Union
Tom and Libby Eisele
Helgeson Steel, Inc.
Indiana Trust Wealth Managment
INOVA Federal
Lake City Bank
Bob and Ann Moore
Rex Martin
Thomas and Sue Neat
Steve and Jane Poe
Sandy Richardson
*Doug and Sharon Risser
Stan and Linda Rupnow
STIFEL | The Elkhart Group
Welter Foundation, Inc.

Conservation Partner 2019
*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 2020 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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