We would like to invite and encourage each MRA family to participate in our 26th AnnualGardens of Madison County. This is a school-wide event that not only allows us to raise funds, but also provides MRA with additional opportunities to partner with our wonderful community. The event is scheduled to start on Friday, May 1, 2020, with the annual Garden Party followed by the Garden Tour on May 2 - 3, 2020. We need the support of all MRA patrons with this event as it continues to grow each year. Please take a moment to look over the committees below and sign up to help with this event. It takes all of us to make it happen, and we need your help! Please send any questions or inquiries to gardens@mrapats.org. We look forward to hearing from you and thanks in advance for your help!





Help with planning, set up and clean- up of Garden Party​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Auction Committees: Solicit individuals and businesses for items and services for various auctions. Set up and assist with items within your committee. • Online Auction- Starts 2 weeks before Gardens, runs through weekend. (approx.200 items) • Silent Auction- to be held at Garden Party (approx.75 items) • Live Auction – to be held at Garden Party (approx. 10 items)​​​

Ticket Sales Committee - Help with the distribution and tally of ticket sales. ​

Garden Market/Café Committee- Set up and help with on-campus Garden Shop and Café the weekend of Gardens.​

Home Liaison Committee- Serve as one of the main contacts for one of the homes on the tour. Communicate with the homeowner to make sure their needs are met. Remind hostesses of their shifts. One Liaison per home. ​

Home Tablescapes Committee- Secure local businesses to set-up multiple tablescapes at each home.

Home Presenters Committee- Secure local businesses to do presentations at each home. Cooking/grilling, gardening, entertaining, etc.​

Home Write-Ups Committee - Meet with each garden homeowner to familiarize yourself with their garden and the flowers, features, etc. it includes for the individual write-ups. Then put together a write up on each garden.

Publicity Committee- Help distribute posters to businesses and help with other promotional opportunities for Gardens in the community. (i.e.; radio, TV, newspaper, etc.)

Student Prize Committee- Work with administration and faculty to encourage ticket sales, including ticket distribution and securing/awarding prizes to students.

Correspondence/Thank You Committee- Write thank you notes and help deliver thank you bags to corporate sponsors. ​

Home Hostess Committee- Work one shift at one of the garden homes during the weekend of gardens. Greet and direct guests and mark tickets. Usually two hostesses per shift.

Corporate Sponsors Committee - Secure corporate sponsors through a solicitation letter, phone calls and emails. There are different levels of sponsorship that have different benefits such as # of tickets, NSS Ad sizes, etc.

Green Thumb Sponsor Committee - Secure Green Thumb sponsors through a solicitation letter and emails. Greenthumb sponsors who will receive two tickets to the Garden Party, two tour tickets and will be listed in the Northside Sun.

Route/Sponsor Signs and Tents Committee – Prior to the tour tickets being printed, determine the route of the tour for the tour map to be completed. On Thursday/Friday of the tour weekend place all directional signs out throughout the route. Also, place corporate sponsor signs at each home and a tent at each home for the home hostesses to sit under. After the tour is over on Sunday, pick up all signs and tents. ​