Committee Plans 28th Annual Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Orchid Ball "Out of Africa"



CONTACT:  Debby Steele
Director of Marketing and Communication
941.366.5731 Extension 225

(Sarasota, FL – March 2, 2009): Plans are under way for the 28th Annual Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Ball on Saturday, April 4, 2009.  The black tie event, themed ‘Out of Africa,’ includes cocktails, dinner and dancing in a safari-inspired tent and silent auction featuring exotic and unusual orchids.  Catering by Michael’s On East will feature South African wines.  Music will be provided by the popular Sarasota band My Friend Scott.  The event is co-chaired by Emily Walsh Parry and Karin Parry Leereveld.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Gardens’ conservation, research and educational outreach programs.  For invitation or sponsorship information, call 941.966.5731 ext. 229 or email

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a respected center for research and education as well as a famous orchid showplace.  The Gardens are located at 811 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota. It is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Christmas day.  For further information call 941.366.5731 or visit