Beginning in 2015 Ruthmere launched the Adopt a Pom campaign, the opportunity for the public to annually adopt 292 little orphan Pomegranates (decorations from Ruthmere's interior and exterior) aka “Poms” to raise public awareness for historic preservation and have summer bash! 

2017 proceeds go to restore Ruthmere's historic perimeter wall.  Ruthmere, Elkhart’s historic landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  ‚Äč

  • Contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger by special appointment to "Pick out Your Pom" and learn how you can become a "Pom Parent" supporting Elkhart's historic landmark. Deadline for Pom adoption is August 9, 2017.
  • All Pom Parents are invited to attend free of charge the chic Adopt a Pom Party, to be held Thursday, August 10th, 6:30-9pm.  Make Ruthmere's Pom Party YOUR summer party by purchasing a Pom that allows you to invite multiple friends!  2017 Pom Party theme is "The Wall" honoring the restoration of Ruthmere's perimeter wall.  Entertainment will include the Greenhouse light show, a film screening in the Game Room of the 1982 British musical drama "The Wall" directed by Alan Parker and inspired by the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name.  Music in the gardens will feature "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party," "Dark Side of the Moon" and, of course, "The Wall."   Click link to sign up for Pom Party
  • Pom prices range $30-$1,000. Minimum contribution of $30 per individual or $60 per couple to attend the Pom Party. Purchase a more prestigious Pom and invite more guests to the party. Example: Adopt a $100 Pom and receive a Pom Party invitation for four people. Adopt a $300 Pom and reserve a table for eight. Donations tax deductible within limits of the law.  If you mail a check, please make out to "Ruthmere" and place "Adopt a Pom" on the memo line.
  • At the Pom Party, attendees can upgrade their Poms by purchasing any remaining available Poms or by participating in the “Premium Pom Auction.”  NEW for 2017, the Pom Auction will also include "Cash and Carry Art and Antiques," the proceeds of which go to support Ruthmere fine art collections. 
  • Pom Party event generously underwritten by the Firefly Trust.

Adopt Your Pom and Register for Party on August 10



To explore your Pom Parent options contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at 574-264-0330 ext. 105 or email



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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