Fête des Fleurs, the signature fundraiser for Denver Botanic Gardens, is much more than a lovely dinner-dance held in the late summer splendor of one of the city’s most beautiful venues.
The money that it generates funds DBG-hosted programs that range from therapeutic horticulture to the distribution of fresh vegetables to those living in areas of the city that are considered food deserts.
As event chairs Jocelyn Ege and Samantha Thompson told the 565 who attended Fête des Fleurs 2017: The $250,000 in ticket purchases, table sponsorships and generous donations will enable the DBG staff and volunteers to build on what was done with proceeds from the 2016 gala.
Last year, they noted, the money was used to grant free admission to some 34,000 children on school group tours and to expand the Veterans Farm Program that resulted in 57,000 pounds of produce being grown for the Community Supporting Agriculture Program and Urban Food Initiatives. Also, in cooperation with Denver Housing Authority and Denver Human Services, Fête funds were responsible for helping DBG staff and volunteers grow 3,500 pounds of fresh vegetables to give to those whose diets otherwise would not include such healthy elements.
Therapeutic horticulture sessions, Ege and Thompson added, also received funding and involve using plant life to comfort, enhance memory or simply evoke a smile in seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and children on the autism spectrum.
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Fête 2017 began with cocktails, conversation and hors d’oeuvres served in the All-America Selections Garden and continued with dinner — roasted yellow pepper custard surrounded by heirloom tomatoes, marinated purple fingerling potatoes and baby greens, and basil-butter tenderloin followed by an assortment of bite-sized desserts from Catering by Design.
Guests dined at tables set up in the beautifully decorated Amphitheater Tent and Orangery and then danced until midnightto …
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle