To the Editor:

On behalf of everyone at the Polly Hill Arboretum, I thank Catalyst Concerts and Lia Kahler and Richard Gordon for last Sunday’s wonderful benefit concert, “Songs for my Father.” This concert of songs and arias about flowers, plants, and animals was dedicated to the memory of Ms. Kahler’s father, Albert Littlefield, who was born and grew up on what is now the Polly Hill Arboretum.

Ms. Kahler, the founder of Catalyst Concerts, which does benefits for selected non-profit organizations, notes, “I want to celebrate the bond between people and nature, as expressed in the caring for land and animals, which results in such enduring beauty as the Arboretum landscape and such loving places as the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard.” The concert was a benefit for both organizations.

Through Ms. Kahler’s tireless efforts more than $11,000 was raised for each organization. Many thanks to Catalyst Concerts and all those who supported this event.

Karin Stanley

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Polly Hill Arboretum