This year’s Orchid Ball took the more than 550 guests on a trip to Tahiti - in celebration of the opening of “Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise” the following day. And with women elegantly attired in the shades of a Tahitian sunset, well, it would have made a beautiful painting, indeed.
The annual event, with this year’s theme, “Sunset in Paradise,” was held under tent on the great lawn of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and benefits the gardens and its many programs.
Seen were President and CEO Jennifer Rominiecki and Rob Rominiecki, Wendy Deming, Emily Lane, Ann Logan, Ida Zito, Billy Gamble, Marko Radisic, Cornelia Matson, Nikki and Jeff Sedacca, Julia and Ulrik Trampe, Teri Hansen, Mason and Anne Ayres, Sally Schule, Brian Lipton, Anne Virag, Deb Kabinoff, Mette Milland, Patrick and Maureen Smith, Jean Weidner-Goldstein, Ariane Dart, Elizabeth and Gary Butler and Paul Gauguin’s granddaughter, Mette Gauguin.
Guests mixed and mingled on the great lawn, some settling in small gauzy tents, before moving into the main tent where tall, brilliantly colored centerpieces in various shades of oranges, pinks and corals set the tone for the room.
They were welcomed by Board Chair Mike Wilson and then Jennifer Rominiecki who thanked guests for their support of Selby, which she called “a downtown oasis in perpetuity.” She then thanked the evening’s co-chairs, Liebe Gamble, Katie Hollingsworth, Ashley Kozel and Emily Stroud, as well as Nicole Kaney of NK Productions for creating the lovely setting.
Liebe Gamble spoke for the co-chairs, noting that each of them had connections with Selby Gardens that are very real and tangible. Liebe, for example, first came to Selby as a young girl and today brings her 3-year-old daughter to the gardens. She called Selby “a distinguished legacy” of our community. A lucrative paddle raise followed the first course. Following dinner and dessert, guests took to the dance floor and then could enjoy an after party at Michael’s on the Bay later in the evening.

Liebe Gamble, Ashley Kozel, Katie Hollingsworth and Emily Stroud.
PHOTO BY ROD MILLINGTON