The Santa Fe Botanical Garden will celebrate the changing of the season at the fall Equinox Celebration with a festive seated dinner in the magical setting of the Garden on September 22 from 5:30 until 9:00pm. The evening celebrates the shortening days and lengthening nights as the earth and garden enjoy the summer’s bounty and look to the winter’s slumber. This gala event is the Botanical Garden’s primary annual fundraiser and supports our commitment to education and community service. Last year alone, brought 13,000 Santa Fe children to the garden for classes and reached another 3,000 area residents with 152 programs and classes.
Proceeds from the Equinox Celebration will support the Education Mission of the Botanical Garden with programming and experiential learning for children and adults.
We hope to secure corporate and individual sponsorships to cover the costs of the event, so more of the funds raised that evening can be spent on our mission. Please consider sponsoring at one of the following levels:
- Sunshine – $10,000 (tax deductible amount of $8,800) Includes 8 tickets, 4 VIP parking passes, recognition in all publicity for the event, on signage at the event, and on the invitation and program.
- Moonglow – $7,500 (tax deductible amount of $6,545) Includes 6 tickets, 3 VIP parking passes, recognition in all publicity, on signage and in the invitation and program.
- Aurora – $5,000 (tax deductible amount of $4,390) Includes 4 tickets, 2 VIP parking passes, recognition on signage and in the invitation and program.
- Planets – 2,500 (tax deductible amount of $2,200) Includes 2 tickets, 1 VIP parking pass, recognition on signage and in the invitation and program.
For recognition in invitation and publicity, sponsorship must be received by July 10. For recognition at the event and on signage and program, sponsorship must be received by August 15.
Tickets will go on sale in late June at $275 per ticket (with a tax deductible amount of $140.) Tables for 8 may be purchased for $2,000 (with a tax deductible amount of $1,120.)
In addition, a step up ticket price for Garden Stars will be offered for those wanting to support at $500 per ticket (tax deductible amount of $360) or $4,000 per table (tax deductible amount of 2,880.) Recognition will be given the night of the event.
We hope you will choose one of these avenues for supporting our Equinox Celebration to help fund our education mission. Last year the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill and our Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve welcomed nearly 44,000 visitors. We appreciate your support in making the Botanical Garden and the Wetland Preserve treasured nature sites in our community.
Checks should be made payable to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, or you may call the garden office at 505-471-9103 to provide credit card information. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Clayton Bass or Rebecca Jensen at the same number.