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Guests Enjoy an Unforgettable Evening at Banyan Ball 2019

The Out-of-Door community came out in its finest to the Ritz Carlton on Saturday, March 9, 2019 for its annual Banyan Ball—an elegant evening of festivity and fundraising. The unforgettable evening themed “World Traveler” began with an exclusive VIP event.
The Out-of-Door community came out in its finest to the Ritz Carlton on Saturday, March 9, 2019 for its annual Banyan Ball—an elegant evening of festivity and fundraising. The unforgettable evening themed “World Traveler” began with an exclusive VIP event.

Guests enjoyed live music, decadent hors d'oeuvres, and fabulous cocktails, all with views of the European countryside through the windows of the Orient Express. The main event was held in a ballroom lavishly decorated with Eiffel Towers, Turkish lamps, and regional floral arrangements. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails, sat for a talented caricaturist, posed for photos with travel-themed props, and relished an incredible 4-course dinner with dishes from Italian, French, Turkish, and Swiss cuisines.

Patrons responded by surpassing the challenge contributing over $200,000 to exceed the match. This amazing philanthropic support will enrich and expand the educational opportunities we can offer for our students.

Chairs Shari and Doug Phillips, along with The Out-of-Door Academy Board of Trustees, thank you for supporting the Banyan Ball by attending the black-tie event and participating in this year’s online auction. 100% of the proceeds from the Banyan Ball support our students, faculty, and the programs that make Out-of-Door an OUTstanding place to learn.

Click here for photos from the event.
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