Gala in the Garden set in a breathtaking, floral landscape, is Fairchild’s largest annual fundraiser, themed â€œInspiration.â€ In its 24th year, more than 400 guests enjoyed an evening of unmatched beauty, while celebrating and supporting our programs in science education, conservation, horticulture and research. Gala in the Garden 2017 was chaired by Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa.
The black tie formal evening started with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, featuring luxury getaways and world-class experiences. Board of Trustees President Bruce Greer welcomed guests announcing that Fairchild has been rated the number one garden in the country by Charity Navigator. Gala Chair Swanee DiMare recognized the Board of Trustees and Gala Committee for their hard work. She was also presented with an orchid named after her, Renanthera Swanee DiMare. A longtime benefactor of Fairchild, Joyce Burns was honored for her continued support of the Garden and her dedication to the Gala.
Le Basque served a sumptuous gourmet dinner featuring a seafood cocktail; rioja braised short rib, and chocolate terrine for dessert. Afterwards, everyone packed the dance floor enjoying the upbeat tunes of the Soul Survivors Orchestra. Upon departure, guests received beautiful orchid plants to take home.