Benefits Desert Botanical Garden
photos courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden

Above, top: Left to right; Co-chairs Bruce and Dana Macdonough,  Larry West and Amy Flood with Craig Thatcher and Ken Schutz. Bottom: Guests enjoying dinner under the stars.

Desert Botanical Garden’s annual fundraising gala, Dinner on the Desert, was held on April 27. More than 450 business leaders, philanthropists, community partners and Garden friends gathered at dusk to enjoy a glorious evening under the stars. 

Above, top left: Rebecca Pierson and Fred Pakis. Middle: Ellen and Howard Katz. Right: Andrea and Tom Evans. Bottom left: The auction items were garden-themed.. Right: The table decor was festive.

The 2019 event chairs were Amy Flood and Larry West of Phoenix and Dana and Bruce Macdonough of Paradise Valley. Thanks to the co-chairs meticulous planning and the guests generosity, the 33rd annual Dinner on the Desert far exceeded its goal of raising $450,000.

Upon entering, guests enjoyed a lively cocktail reception, offering them the opportunity to mingle as well as peruse and place bids on the garden-themed auction items. An elegant sit-down dinner followed.

Above, top left: Nathan and Becky West. Middle: Violinists serenaded guests as they entered the event. Right: John Hamilton and Tammy McLeod. Bottom left: Left to right; Jan Lewis, Sandi Williams and Ardie Evans. Right: Left to right; Jim and Christine McNair with Shawn and James Ducusin.

After dinner, guests were invited to meander through the current exhibition Electric Desert: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective. Violinists Teresa Joy, Rachelle Romeo and Alex Oliverio provided a lovely musical backdrop as attendees entered the event. Turning things up a notch, the after-party featured live entertainment by Silent Disco from VOX DJs. 

Above left: Guests danced the night away to Silent Disco from VOX DJs. Right: Left to right: Sarah Shtylla, Dawn Seidel Milovich, Natalie Salvione and Rachel Stigge. Bottom: Seated, left to right; Kimber Lanning, Ellen Solowey, Mark and Debra Vanderwerf, Shellie Cohn, Deb Carstens and George Poste. Standing, left to right; Lorenzo Perez, Miki Garcia, Donna Rossi, Mollie Trivers and Nicole Stanton.

Now celebrating its 80th year, thanks to leadership and investments from its many supporters, the Garden has blossomed from a dream into a unique, living museum. Proceeds from the event will advance the Garden’s research, conservation, exhibition and environmental education programs, instilling community respect and an appreciation for our Sonoran Desert home. For more information, visit www.dbg.org