The night of September 9, 2017 was truly a lovely and elegant affair at the Virginia Robinson Garden Patron Gala. Co-chaired by Marian Power and Christine Centolanza. “The Loveliest Night of the Year” started with a champagne toast in the dining room. The party then moved onto the lawn where guests were able to bid on marvelous items of the Silent Auction.
The delicious three-course dinner was catered by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods. Entertainment was provided by the smooth sounds of “Art Deco,” who paid tribute to Mario Lanza with their first song. The Live Auction was a fundraiser for the renovation of Virginia’s card room as well as the irrigation system for Virginia Robinson Gardens’ Australian King Palm Forest—the largest King Palm Forest in the Northern Hemisphere.
Maralee Beck presented the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award to Lisa Greer, who is a philanthropist, investor and entrepreneur. Joan Selwyn introduced Ellisa Lanza Bregman as she presented her with the Camellia Award. Ellisa is a past Friends Robinson Garden President and has been on the Board since 1994.
The evening can be summed up in this beautiful passage by Tim Lindsay:
It is nimble and gentle as a song bird,
But has the strength and roar of a lion,
It blows like a fragrance in the wind seeking funding,
It articulates the past while embracing the future through educational programming,
It constitutes policy to protect and preserve
The first estate of Beverly Hills,
It nurtures a community that honors our national heritage,
It is uniquely the Friends of Robinson Gardens!
It is the night to celebrate the grandness of your accomplishment.
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Post by Angela Cohan
Friends of Robinson Gardens Member