October 12 "out of this world" MOONLIGHT in the GARDENS honors Judge Loyd & Thetis Neal, features two bands
CORPUS CHRISTI-- Moonlight in the Gardens, South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center's 12th annual signature fundraiser, presented for the fifth year by CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, begins at 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 12, at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Drive. Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, and wife Mrs. Thetis Neal will be honored at the event, which this year features two bands.
Judge Neal's public service career, one of the most impressive in South Texas, spans 30 years in the Military, and 40 years in the business world, including numerous community and public service leadership positions, Chair of South Texas Military Task Force, three gubernatorial appointments, four terms as Mayor of Corpus Christi, three as Nueces County Judge--plus numerous civilian, Military and Texas A&M University honors, awards and board positions.
The "out of this world" 2018 event, benefiting Botanical Gardens environmental education and conservation programs, keeps its casual format and interplanetary travel theme, with continuous entertainment inside and outside the venue, with golden features Vulcan Valet, three auctions with on-line bidding, Stellar Spirits, Pictures with Parrots, Aphrodite's Patio Party with music by The Deadbeats, Wine Pull, Best Steak on the Planet, and Nep-Tunes by pop and rock favorite Flashback. Due to the Judge's intense Texas A&M loyalty, guests may expect touches of maroon in the décor!
Event co-chairs are Botanical Gardens Board members Dr. Mary Jane Garza, and CITGO's Government & Public Affairs Manager, Christina Cisneros-Guzman. Program master of ceremonies is State Representative Todd Hunter. Flour Bluff NJROTC will present colors, and Mike Bergsma will sing the National Anthem.
Table sponsorships now are being sold, from $1500 to $10,000. Individual seating went on sale September 10, at $125 members, $150 others. Event proceeds benefit Botanical Gardens environmental education programs. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by October 8. Contact Scott Simmonds, Development Director, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Michael Womack, Executive Director, email@example.com, 361-852-2100, for more information. Or visit www.stxbot.org. The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.