The 23rd Annual Gala at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden twinkled with this year’s theme “Starry, Starry Night.” The evening began with a cocktail reception and a silent auction in the new Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, then continued at the Lakeside Marquee, which was bathed in celestial midnight-blue light and star ceiling lights. Trees wrapped in white orchids reflected the garden atmosphere. The event was co-chaired by Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, with Philanthropic Chair Joyce Burns. Board of Trustees President Bruce Greer welcomed guests and thanked this year’s sponsors — Paul and Swanee DiMare, Tony and Joyce Burns, Lou and Mary Jean Risi, Bunny Bastian, Codina Partners, and Kenneth O’Keefe and Jason Stephens. A longtime benefactor of Fairchild, Angela Whitman, was honored for her support of the Garden’s educational endeavors.
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