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Summer Dinner Dance Raises Nearly $1 Million For Chicago Botanic Garden

Julie McCaffrey
(847) 835-8213, direct

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

More than 400 guests raised nearly $1 million and were introduced to Color in the Garden at the annual Summer Dinner Dance, the Garden’s most important fundraising event. This summer, visitors will notice the display gardens have been designed around the color wheel, a theme that was carried into the décor for the evening. From the flower arrangements on the tables to the changing lights in the tent, it was certainly a colorful evening.

At the Chicago Botanic Garden, we believe that beautiful gardens and natural environments are fundamentally important to the mental and physical well-being of all people. More than one million visitors come to the Garden each year and many more benefit from our horticulture, conservation science, and education programs locally, nationally and internationally. Fundraisers like the Summer Dinner Dance make this possible.

The black-tie party began with cocktails in the Crescent Garden and Heritage Garden, followed by dinner and dancing in a tented pavilion on the Esplanade, designed by Revel and Frost. Food for Thought created the colorful menu served throughout the night. Maggie Speaks played while guests danced the night away.

Co-chairs for the event were Cassie and Steve Gavin, Gillian and John Growdon, Jane Irwin and Ryan Ruskin and Michael Andrews. The Summer Dinner Dance was generously supported by Northern Trust.


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