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LAF 38th Annual Benefit

Looking down on the sizable crowd below the angular, wood-paneled walls of the venue


With 550 guests and 27 generous sponsors, this lively event raised $290,000 to support LAF research, scholarships, and leadership programs.

LAF's 38th Annual Benefit was held on October 27, 2023 at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center. Guests enjoyed catching up and making new connections over food and drinks in the soaring, wood-lined Memorial Hall. Thank you to all who attended!

The event celebrated the exceptional students named as 2023 LAF Olmsted Scholars, the first cycle of the LAF Ignite program, and all of the transformative work that your support makes possible.

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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.

With a strong showing from long-time supporters, partners, and LAF program alums, we gave the first-time attendees and students a lively introduction to the LAF community. The program recognized the 2023 LAF Olmsted Scholars and celebrated the first cycle of LAF Ignite, our new scholarship-internship-mentorship program for BIPOC landscape architecture students.

Four guests smile for the camera at the LAF Annual Benefit

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

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Interested in sponsorship?

Sponsors of LAF's Annual Benefit receive high-quality brand association and opportunities to connect to key target audiences. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Cara Chard at cchard [at] (cchard[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.