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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2011
What: Wildflower Center Green Gala & Silent Art Auction
When: Friday, May 13, 2011. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner at 8 p.m.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX, 78739
Background: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center unveils this year’s Wildflower Gala and Silent Art Auction with special guest Laura Bush, former First Lady of the state of Texas and of the United States. Mrs. Bush was a friend and admirer of Lady Bird Johnson and is a long-time supporter of the Center. She has also been a champion of sustainable landscapes, and was instrumental in creating the First Bloom Project in our national parks, for which the Wildflower Center provided educational oversight. She will be recognized at the gala for her environmental contributions.
The greenest gala in town, this elegant outdoor party will include dinner catered by the Four Seasons and a Silent Art Auction with more than 60 pieces of art contributed by noted artists from Texas and beyond. The event will celebrate and raise awareness of the Center’s research and education programs designed to save plants for future generations, create and restore sustainable landscapes and provide other environmentally sustainable benefits. Gala proceeds support the annual operations of the Wildflower Center and directly impact our important work, research and educational outreach.
For more gala details and details on Mrs. Bush’s advocacy for native landscapes, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/gala/. To see Silent Auction art, Buy-It-Now before 6 p.m., May 11, or place a bid on art by proxy before 6 p.m. on May 12, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/galacatalog/.
Ticket and table sponsorships (available until 5 p.m., May 11: $100,000 for an indoor, Private Party for up to 40 guests at the Gala and Silent Art Auction; $50,000 for a Presenting Sponsorship (Two tables of 12); $25,000 to be an Ambassador (Table of 12); $10,000 for a Benefactor (Table of 10); $ 5,000 for a Leader (Table of 10); and $1,000-plus for an Advocate (Recognition in Gala announcements). Individual tickets are $2,500 Gold; $1,000 Silver; $500 Bronze.