GALA FOR THE GARDENS Benefiting the Gardens of Golden Gate Park

On Saturday, May 18, supporters gathered in San Francisco Botanical Garden for the Gala for the Gardens, the Gardens of Golden Gate Park’s signature fundraising event of the year, and raised more than $500,000 to support plant conservation and collections, lifelong learning and engagement, and making the Gardens accessible to everyone.

The Gala was led by Committee Co-Chairs PWP Landscape Architecture Directing Partner Adam Greenspan and KPMG lead partner to Fortune 100 companies Susan Zetzer. State Senator Scott Wiener provided remarks and presented honorees Dr. Frank Almeda and the Friends of the Japanese Tea Garden with certificates of recognition for their contributions to the Gardens and community at-large. Mayor London Breed was introduced by San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg and Mayor Breed provided an official welcome on behalf of the city and county of San Francisco and also presented Gardens CEO Stephanie Linder and Board Chair Sarah Ryan an official proclamation that May 18, 2024 was “Gardens of Golden Gate Park Day”. Co-host of KQED’s Forum Alexis Madrigal emceed the event and also shared remarks about the cultural power of plants.