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The 25th Annual Desert Museum Gala - Anniversaries in Bloom, celebrating treasured legacies and a flourishing future

Thank you for joining us for the 26th Annual Desert Gala featuring Sonoran Nights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on Sunday, April 28th, 2019. Almost 500 loyal supporters attended this event, and the evening grossed $265,000 in support of the Desert Museum’s amazing work! $30,000 of this directly supports animal and veterinary care for some of our most important Sonoran desert residents.

We hope you enjoyed the lovely Evening in the Desert and truly appreciate your support of the Desert Museum. We look forward to welcoming you to the Desert Museum Gala celebration in 2020!

Milky Way over Saguaro

2019 Gala Photos

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is grateful to the businesses, agencies, organizations, and individuals who supported our 66th annual Desert Gala as sponsors and underwriters.

2019 Desert Gala — Sponsors and Underwriters

Mountain Lion Sponsor

Tucson Electric Power

Ringtail Sponsor

The Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Charitable Foundation

Mesquite Sponsors

Alphagraphics Logo Lynn and Sharon Ericksen Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP R & A CPAs

Table Ambassadors and Underwriters

Anonymous Paul & Alice Baker N. Bloomfield Arch & Laura Brown Jim Click
Cox Communications CBIZ Arizona Desert Diamond Casino Desert Mountain Construction Mark & Frankie Holbrook
Amy Fletcher Judy Gans & Joe Kalt The George Mason Green & Lois C. Green Foundation Bill & Carol Lomicka John & Adrienne Mars
Marco Mercaldo Pima County Rancho Rossa Vineyards Research Corp. Bill & Alice Roe
Roberta Lopez-Suter Peter & Nancy Salter Shannan Marty & Chris Pendleton Susan & Charles Ott University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
University of Arizona College of Science University of Arizona Foundation UFCW Local 99 Visit Tucson

In addition, a special thank you to the 200+ businesses and individuals who donated items and services for our live and auction items!

Interesting in being a sponsor or underwriter for future Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum events and activities? Contact Lynnae Wenker lwenker@desertmuseum.org or (520) 883-3039.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution fully dedicated to conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region. All proceeds from the Desert Gala support our annual fund which includes daily operations, programs, and conservation efforts of the Desert Museum.

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“During our first visit to the Desert Museum in 1994 we agreed it was the best full spectrum natural history experience we'd ever had - and right here in our own backyard!
We've supported the Museum annually since then and encourage friends and business associates to do the same.”
--Jerry Weinert
& Marni Dittmar