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The 2019 Gala at the Gardens is Planned for September 20

Andy Grinsfelder


Buffalo, NY
- The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced their annual Gala at the Gardens will take place on Friday, September 20 starting at 6:00pm. The Gala will welcome over 400 dedicated supporters to raise funds for the Botanical Gardens.

Co-Chairs, Naniscah Koessler and Jackye Mandell, along with the Gala Committee have planned a memorable affair with a few special surprises.  Honorary chairs Ted and Terry Johnson will welcome guests for an evening to celebrate coming together at the Botanical Gardens.

Guests will delight in the Botanical Gardens’ indoor and outdoor gardens while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and sipping cocktails with friends. The evening’s emcee, Kelly Schultz, will set the stage for this magical evening.  Dinner, catered by Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, will be served under an enchanted tent in front of the Botanical Gardens.  A live auction will also be hosted by Kelly Schultz and will keep guests bidding on spectacular auction packages to raise funds to support the Botanical Gardens’ important mission.  Then, a meaningful Mission Moment auction will highlight the Botanical Gardens’ educational programs. This auction will raise funds to provide free Hands-On Educational Programs for students in grades K-8 in the Buffalo Public and Charter Schools and Lackawanna Public and Charter Schools.

The Gala at the Gardens is presented by West Herr and is sponsored by Hadley Exhibits, Moog and M&T Bank. Individual tickets are $175 and sponsorships range from $1,500 up to $7,500.  Program ads are also available for $150 up to $450. For sponsorship opportunities or tickets, please contact Brittany Zandi, Director of Development, at 827.1584 ext. 203 or bzandi@buffalogardens.com.

Use #GalaattheGardens and/or tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.


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