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February 02, 2008 - Fairchild Garden's "Gala in the Garden 2008"

What: The Gala Committe of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden welcomes guests to

Where: Fairchild Gardens

When: Saturday, February 2, 2008

Time: 6:30 PM

Beneficiary: Fairchild Tropical botanic Gardern

Gala Chairperson(s): Bunny Bastian and Teresa Boniconti

Honorary Chairperson(s): Jean Ellen Shehan will serve as Honorary Chairman, with Anna May Conese, Joyce Dickerson, Swanee DiMare, Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa and Brenda Nestor Castellano as Philanthropic Chairmen.

Committee Members: Anne B. Baddour, Nancy Matchelor, Maria J. Beguiristain, Julia R. Bianchi, Paula Brockway, Joyce Burns, Pamela W. Cole, Leatric Damus, Diane de Olazarra, Joyce L. Dickerson, Ellen Downey, Barbara Guilford, Patricia Herbert, Judy Kramer, Susan McGrath, Patricia G. Mederos, Cybelle Santo Domingo, Stuart Sibley, Barbara Tria, Lisa S. Wheeeler, Virginia N. Wheeler HONORARY COMMITTE MEMBERS: Wendell beard, Silvia E. Fortun, Penelope W. Stamps & Jody Wolfe

President(s): Bruce W. Greer

Music: Peter Duchin Orchestra

Board of Directors: Board of Trustees 2006 - 2007 Mike Maunder, PH.D., Executive Dirctor - Officers/Trustees - Bruce W. Greer, President - Louis J. Risi, Jr., Senior Vice President & Treasurer - W. Bryan Latham, M.D., Assistant Treasurer - Suzanne Steinberg, Vice President - Joyce J. Burns, Secretary - L. Jeanne Aragon, Vice President & Assistant Secretary - 2006 - 2007 Trustees - Leonard L. Abess, Jr.- Henry N. Adorno, Esq. - Alejandro J. Aguirre - Raymond F. Baddour, Sc.D. - Nancy Batchelor - Norman J. Benford - Faith F. Bishock - Leslie A. Bowe - Swanee DiMare - Silvia E. Fortun - José R. Garrigó - Kenneth R. Graves - Willis D. Harding - Patricia Herbert - Robert M. Kramer, Esq. - Lin L. Lougheed - Bruce C. Matheson - Robert A. McNaughton, M.D. - Clifford W. Mezey - Stephen D. Pearson, Esq. - T. Hunter Pryor, M.D. - Charles P. Sacher - Jean Ellen Shehan - Janá Sigars-Malina, Esq. - Penelope W. Stamps - James G. Stewart, M.D. - Vincent A. Tria, Jr. - Reginald N. Whitehead - Angela W. Whitman - Trustee Emeritus- Harold E. Kendall, Sr.

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino - Featured photo by Sergio Alsina

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Teresa Buoniconti, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Swanee DiMare, Bunny Bastian
Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Teresa Buoniconti, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Swanee DiMare, Bunny Bastian

Fairchild’s Gala in the Garden Guests Enjoy a Splendid Evening
        Coral Gables, FL, February 5, 2008— Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden held its 15th annual Gala in the Garden: on Saturday February 2, 2008. Co-chairs for this year’s black-tie fundraiser were Bunny Bastian and Teresa Buoniconti. Jean duPont Shehan served as Honorary Chairman, with Anna May Conese, Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, Brenda Nestor Castellano and Swanee DiMare as Philanthropic Chairmen and Barbara Tria as Silent Auction Chairman.
        This year’s Gala in the Garden for 450 guests began with cocktails and a highlight of the evening, a silent auction, in the Northern Trust Ballroom of the Jean duPont Shehan Visitor Center. Guests proceeded to a large lakeside pavilion for dining and dancing to the music of The Peter Duchin Orchestra, one of the most sought after bands of the modern era who returned after last year’s much talked about performance.
        Along with catering the event, Le Basque Catering in association with Karla Productions, created the modern, innovative décor with orange, purple, hot pink and emerald green fabrics draped throughout the pavilion, creating a contemporary themed atmosphere. Brightly colored gerber daises were used for table centerpieces. The centerpieces were donated to a local hospital. Gala guests enjoyed a spectacular evening in the stunning tropical landscape while they also supported the vital work of Fairchild. Proceeds from Gala in the Garden support the advancement of Fairchild’s programs in education, research and conservation.
        Guests included: Sheldon & Florence Anderson, Adrienne Arsht, Bunny Bastian & James Murphy, Nancy & Jon Batchelor, Trish & Dan Bell, Julia & David Bianchi, Paula & Bob Brockway, Teresa Buoniconti & Richard Lancaster, Joyce & Tony Burns, Brenda Nestor Castellano and Robert Castellano, Sylvia & Tom Collins, Eugene Conese, Swanee and Paul DiMare, Jean duPont Shehan, Evelyn & Bruce Greer, Kirk Landon & Pamela Garrison, Lin Lougheed & Aaron Fleischman, Mike Maunder & Sawsan Khuri Maunder, Sue and Peter Metzger, Darlyne & Jorge Perez, Mary Jean & Lou Risi, Manny & Irene Rodriguez, Frances & Eugenio Sevilla-Secasa, Penny & Roe Stamps, Barbara & Vinnie Tria, Angela Whitman, Virginia & Willard Wheeler, Libby and Gene Witherspoon.
Save the date for Gala in the Garden 2009 scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2009.
About Fairchild
        Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms; an education program reaching more than 30,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 35,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for Children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit
Media Contact:
Paula Fernández de los Muros
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

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