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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

March 7, 2014

Gala and Silent Art Auction May 2

What:  The 2014 Wildflower Gala and Silent Art Auction honors Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin, as well as many other donors to the Family Garden that bears their name.

When:  The Gala is Friday, May 2, 2014. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is at 8 p.m.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of  The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX, 78739

Background: This year’s Wildflower Center Gala and Silent Art Auction honors donors to the Luci and Ian Family Garden that will open May 4. This 4.5 acre garden designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith will welcome children of all ages for hands-on, creative play among native plants and woodlands. Friends and Wildflower Center supporters will gather at the Gala to celebrate this accomplishment and raise funds for the Center’s work. Nearly half of our annual philanthropic support comes from this event.


The Gala is an elegant gathering in the beautiful Wildflower Center courtyard and gardens. It includes a locally-sourced dinner catered by the Four Seasons. Our renowned Silent Art Auction offers a stunning collection of more than 40 nature-themed pieces contributed from Texas and beyond. The event also showcases our leadership work in environmental sustainability through the use of native plants.

For details, ticket and table prices or to preview the fabulous art available at the auction, go to http://www.wildflower.org/gala_landing/2014/gala.php. Please consider a gift to support our work even if you can’t attend.

Ticket and table sponsorships: $25,000 to be an Ambassador (Table of 12); $10,000 for a Benefactor (Table of 12); $ 5,000 for a Leader (Table of 10). Individual tickets are available for $500, $1,000 or $2,500.

Organizer: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Gala Committee, chaired by Jeffrey Howell of Austin and Los Alamos, NM.


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