San Diego Botanic Garden’s (SDBG) 18th Annual Gala in the Garden was a wild success. A record 600 guests attended the Night in Nature-themed event, enjoying local food, drinks, and live musical entertainment to raise over $300,000 towards the fund-a-need for the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory, a new facility scheduled to open in 2018. Longtime SDBG supporters Ann Hunter-Welborn and David Welborn were the distinguished guests of honor. “The garden was pleased to recognize Ann and David with the 2017 Paul Ecke, Jr. Award because of their steadfast generosity to the community,” said SDBG President and CEO Julian Duval. “We were also humbled to receive such a wonderful response to our fund-a-need appeal for closing out the [Conservancy] campaign.”

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