The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota sparkled with gold and silver embellishments as guests arrived for the 2022 Banyan Ball: A Glitz & Glamour Gala! As VIP guests entered, they were greeted by an ensemble of talented ODA musicians who played an assortment of contemporary pieces by Van Morrison, Adele, John Legend, and more.
Once the doors opened for the main event, guests dressed in glittering gowns and elegant evening attire entered the ballroom decorated with artfully arranged floral arrangements by Beneva Flowers and Plantscapes, inviting plush velvet couches for lounging, beautifully laid tables, and a large black and white dance floor ready for guests to show off their moves.
The evening included a warm welcome by Interim Head of School Mr. Jim Connor, a decadent gourmet dinner, and the celebration of Mr. Tim Brewer and Mr. Jeff Horr for their 25 years of dedication and service to ODA. The evening moved on to an exciting live auction that included a major league baseball package, a John Mayer concert at Amalie Arena, and a stay in an exclusive vacation home in historic Cape Cod. Guests then took to the floor and danced the night away to heart-pumping live music played by the talented band members of No Filter!
The incredible generosity and support for the Out-of-Door community was felt throughout the entirety of the evening. Special thanks to our Banyan Ball sponsors. All of the proceeds raised from Banyan Ball benefit the Annual Fund, which supports ODA’s strategic goals and bold vision for the future. We thank everyone who participated in this wonderful event and hope to see you all again next year!