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Dinner on the Desert

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Savor the Sonoran Desert

On April 26, 2014 the Desert Botanical Garden hosted 610 guests at the 28th Annual Dinner on the Desert, the Garden’s major annual fundraiser. Chaired by Martha Hunter Henderson the event theme Savor The Sonoran Desert celebrated the desert’s colors, shapes, and scents.

The sophisticated and breezy evening began with guests arriving at Ottosen Entry Garden with warm welcomes, signature Blood Orange and Prickly Pear Margaritas, and music by Simply Three. Guests enjoyed the setting sun as they passed by stunning Chihuly in the Garden installations on the stroll to Dorrance Hall for the silent auction and chance to bid on 300 striking specimen plants, garden art, benches, fountains, travel packages, and exceptional experiences.

The magical setting of the Stardust Foundation Plaza, in the presence of several magnificent Chihuly in the Garden sculptures, provided the background for an evening of inspired cuisine prepared by Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events.

After dinner, musical guest Porangui enticed guests back to the Ottosen Entry Garden for a sweet treat and nightcap under the stars. Telescope viewing of Saturn and Mars was available courtesy of the Phoenix Astronomical Society and the Garden featured live animal encounters with a desert tortoise, spiny lizard, and leopard gecko. Signature notecards served as the guest parting gift.

Proceeds from Dinner on the Desert

Funds raised by Dinner on the Desert benefit educational and community programs. The Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. Dinner on the Desert helps to ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.

TABLE SPONSORS

Cardon Cactus

  • Jacquie & Bennett Dorrance


SENITA CACTUS

  • Marta Morando & Bill Moio


SAGUARO CACTUS


GOLDEN BARREL CACTUS


ORGAN PIPE CACTUS


PITAYO CACTUS


SILVER CHOLLA CACTUS

  • Thelma & Max Biegert
  • Polsinelli PC 
  • Jennifer E. & Charles F. Sands


GOLDEN SPINES CACTUS SEATS

  • Patricia Auch
  • Carolyn & George Bosworth
  • Karen & Bill Clements
  • Virginia Cave
  • Shelley Cohn & Mollie Trivers
  • Janet Cotton & Dawne Ward
  • Nita & Phil Francis
  • Ann & Greg Denk
  • The Faber Family
  • Barbara & Terry Fenzl
  • Teny & Charles Fisher
  • Ann & Gary Goodman
  • Betsy & Frank Goodyear
  • Hensley Beverage Company
  • Peggy Herz & Philip Smith
  • Barbara &Tom Hoffnagle
  • Barbara Johnson
  • Melissa & Ted Lagreid
  • Kimber Lanning
  • MaryLou Fulton Teachers College
  • Peggy Mullan & Kathy Berzins
  • Barbara & Don Ottosen
  • Dr & Mrs. Jerry Payne
  • Mary Kay & Bill Post
  • Joyce Rolfes & Nancy Broerman
  • Adrienne & Charles Schiffner
  • Carol & Randy Schilling
  • Janie & Archer Shelton
  • Diana & Paul Smith
  • Nancy Swanson
  • Jennifer Theobald
  • Bruce Thoeny
  • Tammy & Jon Underwood
  • Roma & Raymond Wittcoff


SIGNIFICANT GIFTS, UNDERWRITERS AND AUCTION DONORS

               

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