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Dinner on the Desert


On April 25 the Desert Botanical Garden hosted 570 guests 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 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 Hibiscus Flower Margaritas, hors d’oeuvres 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.
The elegant three-course dinner featured regional cuisine prepared by Chef Brad Gillespie of Copper Square Kitchen / Hyatt Regency Phoenix and was served in the magical outdoor setting of the Stardust Foundation Plaza.

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.

Through underwriting, sponsorships, silent auction purchases and raffle ticket sales, Dinner on the Desert generated $425,000 in net revenue! 

Click here to see our Table Sponsors, Underwriters, Auction Donors, and Significant Gifts.  You can also view event night photos.

Proceeds from Dinner on the Desert support the Garden’s research, conservation, exhibition and environmental education programs, nurturing respect and appreciation for our unique Sonoran Desert home. 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.

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