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LAF 36th Annual Benefit

A roomful of guests catch up with a wall of windows and the Nashville skyline in the background


With 490 guests and 18 generous sponsors, this event raised $256,000 to support LAF research, scholarships, and leadership programs.

LAF's 36th Annual Benefit was held on November 19, 2021 at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Thank you to all who attended — it was so great to see you in person! With the backdrop of the Music City skyline from the soaring 40-ft windows, guests enjoyed catching up and dancing to a live genre-spanning band.

The benefit celebrated the transformative work that your support makes possible. 2021 LAF Medal recipient Karen A. Phillips, FASLA received the award and gave brief remarks. The benefit also recognized the exceptional students named as 2021 LAF Olmsted Scholars.

View Photos from the 2021 Annual Benefit

The LAF Annual Benefit is always a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connections. Attendees include well-known designers, rising leaders, professors, suppliers, emerging professionals, and students. The short program allows plenty of time for introductions and interaction.

As LAF's first in-person gathering after more than a year of virtual events, the 2021 Annual Benefit felt especially convivial. We met many of our 2020 and 2021 scholarship winners and program participants for the first time and connected with new and long-time supporters. The program recognized 2021 LAF Medal recipient Karen Phillips and the 2021 LAF Olmsted Scholars in attendance.

In addition to food and an open bar, this year's event included a live band and dancing befitting of the Music City locale. 

7 guests at the LAF Annual Benefit pose for a photo

Thank you to our Annual Benefit sponsors!

The support of our sponsors ensures that all proceeds from ticket sales go directly toward LAF research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives.

LAF is honored to have IRONSMITH and SiteOne Landscape Supply as the Annual Benefit’s Lead Sponsors.

IRONSMITH logo SiteOne Landscape Supply

LAF Annual Benefit Sponsors

Platinum and Gold Levels

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  • Gold Sponsor

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  • Promotion Partner


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Interested in sponsorship?

For information on becoming a sponsor of the LAF Annual Benefit, contact Christina Sanders at csanders [at] (csanders[at]lafoundation[dot]org).


LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.