Spotlight on Lori Gordon

Each month we spotlight a volunteer, staff member, docent, donor, or sponsor of the Virginia Robinson Gardens (VRG) -- those that have made an impact on the organization. We want to let you know about these wonderful people and corporations that give so much to the Virginia Robinson Gardens and to the community, and what they do that is so impactful.

This month, we spotlight Lori Gordon, a wonderful and dedicated member of the Friends of Robinson Gardens. Lori is also an accomplished and talented harpist who has performed in many venues, including the Peninsula Hotel.

We asked her these four questions:

  1. How did you first learn about VRG, and what inspired you to become a Friend?

I have been aware of VRG for many years. In 2003, I accompanied my daughter, Natalie, on her third grade class field trip to the Gardens. We both found it to be a magical place right in the middle of our city. Over the years, I attended both Garden Tours and Galas, until one day my daughter and I were invited to become Friends, too! Our entire family is very committed to VRG, and we love being part of the legacy of Virginia Robinson’s vision.

  1. What is your role - how do you contribute to VRG? 

I love to work on membership activities. Last spring, I co-chaired a New Members Tea, which we hope will become an annual event. In September, my daughter and I chaired the Membership Luncheon. Our co-chair on both of these events was our dear friend and fellow member, Candy Beaver. Due to the pandemic, our home has often become the organizational center for programs like the Gingerbread House event and the See’s Candy membership gift. I often feel like my den is Willy Wonka’s factory; at times you can find candy everywhere as we pack and prep for these activities. It’s a lot of work, but also a ton of fun.

  1. Can you share a favorite VRG memory with us?

The thing that will always stand out in my mind is the day, last March, when Natalie’s boyfriend, Kyle, proposed to her at the base of the King Palm Forest. He wanted to pop the question in a place that was special to her. My elder daughter, Victoria, knew how much VRG meant to her, and suggested the Gardens. Happily, former FRG President, Patti Reinstein, assisted in planning a clever ruse where Natalie would assist her in showing the grounds to a faux prospective client (once again, thanks to the wonderful Candy Beaver!) who was planning a fictitious event there. When the tour group arrived at the King Palm Forest, Natalie’s soon-to-be-fiancé stepped out of the bushes and got down on one knee. Both sets of parents watched from a distance as he slipped the ring on her finger. It is a moment I will never forget, and it was made even more special because it happened at Robinson Gardens.

  1. Please add any additional information you would like to share!

I am honored to be the Spotlight member for this month. I am looking forward to many more wonderful experiences at VRG and to spending time with all of the lovely women I have gotten to know during my time as a member.

  1. Natalie
    | Reply

    Lovely article about a wonderful member (and the best mom!)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *