What a night! Harvest Moon Dinner 2023 was a sold out celebration in honor of the Foundation’s 40th anniversary and the culmination of our Summer of Love fundraising campaign. 140 people dined, danced, and connected with friends old and new at Ilan-Lael amid art, nature,   and the glow of full moon.

We wish to thank our many sponsors and in particular Storum Ranch and Cidery, Ramona Ranch Winery, Julian Beer Company, and Mom’s Pies, all of who donated food and drinks for the guests. Event sponsors include Olive Public Relations and Julian Farm and Orchard who helped make the evening possible. The paddle raise helped push our Summer of Love campaign above the $100,000 mark. All proceeds helps with the care and keeping of Ilan-Lael, its buildings, grounds, and the programs that benefit our community. We’re so grateful to have shared this special evening with our Ilan-Lael family.

Speaker Pete Jensen shares a memory of a walk in nature with Jim Hubbell. Photo by Drew Hubbell
ILF Center at arrival and registration. Photo courtesy Vicki Bergstrom
Gathering at the Center for the moon rise. Photo by Mati Moon
Linda and John Jahnke and friends bask in the beauty of the Boys' House. Photo by Mati Moon
Tables set and ready for dinner. Photo by Mati Moon
L to R Laurie Dietter, Rich Louv, John and Dina Johns. Photo by Mati Moon
Dinner under the oaks. Photo by Mati Moon
Ryan and Megan White in front of the Drafting Studio. Photo by Mati Moon
Executive Director Marianne Gerdes demonstrates a paddle raise. Photo courtesy Vicki Bergstrom
Laurie Dietter votes for the traveling charcuterie cups. Photo by Mati Moon
Marianne Gerdes shows off the Hubbell sculpture that the prize in the drawing. Photo courtesy of Vicki Bergstrom
Torrey and Sally Hubbell enjoy the festivities. Photo by Mati Moon
Lights illuminate the Center's architectural beauty. Photo courtesy of Vicki Bergstrom
The magical moon rise. Photo courtesy of Vicki Bergstrom
The party unfolds under the rising moon. Photo by Laurel Costa
A string trio serenades the moon rise. Photo by Mati Moon
The evening keeps on enchanting. Photo by Mati Moon
Kathy Wilder, Executive Director of Camp Stevens. Photo by Mati Moon
Joseph and Lorena Henseler. Photo by Mati Moon
Michael Gerdes and Keith York, emcee for the evening. Photo by Mati Moon
Music with a view. Photo by Mati Moon
Drew Hubbell chats with Lesley McClelland and Pat Straube. Photo by Mati Moon
Armando de la Torre owns the moon lighting scheme. Photo by Mati Moon
Jeanette Stevens enjoys listening to the violist. Photo by Mati Moon
A delicious buffet provided by Julian Beer Company. Photo by Mati Moon
Vicki Berstrom, Carol and Ken Schloo-Wright. Photo by Mati Moon
A celloist plays in the shadow of the Big Studio. Photo by Mati Moon
Laurie Dietter visits with Conner Hubbell. Photo by Mati Moon
Mai Ngyuen and husband Greg enjoying Ilan-Lael. Photo by Mati Moon
Angie Brenner enjoys the afternoon. Photo by Mati Moon
A memorable moon rise over the mountains. Photo by Mati Moon
Michole More and Teri Kerns of Ramona Ranch Winery, one of the evenings food and beverage sponsors. Photo by Mati Moon
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Christine Brady and Annie Dunne headed to dinner under the oaks.

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