Desert Botanical Garden hosted 570 business leaders, philanthropists, community partners and Garden friends April 25 at the 29th annual Dinner on the Desert, the Garden’s major annual fundraiser.
Chaired by Carole Kraemer, the event theme, “Heart of the Sonoran,” celebrated and the heart, el corazón, of the Sonoran Desert, its essence, culture and beauty.
The sophisticated evening began with guests arriving at Ottosen Entry Garden to warm welcomes, Hibiscus Flower Margaritas and music by The Sahnas Bros.
Guests delighted in the magnificent display of succulents and cactus framed by matchless views of the Papago Buttes, before strolling through the new Desert Terrace Garden and Jan and Tom Lewis Desert Portal on their way to the silent auction in Dorrance Hall and the chance to bid on more than 280 distinctive plants, pots and garden art, plus unusual and exciting experiences.
A silent auction featured 19 one-of-a-kind experiences and items, and raffle prizes included $1,000 cash, a Staycation at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, SONOS Play 5 System and a Desert Botanical Garden Patrons Circle Membership.
After dinner guests gathered at the Jan and Tom Lewis Desert Portal to enjoy the sounds of the Flamenco Guitar by Chris Burton Jácome and the beauty of Flamenco Dance.
Dinner on the Desert proceeds support the Garden’s research, conservation, exhibition and environmental education programs, nurturing respect and appreciation for the Sonoran Desert. 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.
The event raised $425,000.
Photos by Haute Photography.