Conservatory foundation presents Sweet Harvest

TAYLOR — The Taylor Conservatory Foundation will hold its fourth annual fall fundraiser, Sweet Harvest, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 16703 Fort Street, Southgate.

Tickets are $50 each, $25 of which is tax deductible, for what organizers call the celebration of a “sweet and bountiful” year. Seating is limited. Proceeds will support the foundation’s work to educate and inspire through its garden expansion and programs.

“Fall is the traditional time to reap the fruits of your harvest and give thanks for your blessings each year,” said Larry Wright, board member and event chairman. “We’ve been blessed with supportive donors, wonderful volunteers and great feedback from our visitors, who deeply appreciate a place of tranquility and beauty in their community.

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we want everyone to join in the fun and show their support. It’s a delicious night of food, fun, fellowship and great entertainment in support of a new Downriver cultural icon. We guarantee it will be very special.”

The menu will include grilled beef tenderloin, side dishes, desserts and a premium bar. Jazz trio 8:14, with singer Jill Ryan, will entertain from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Business casual attire is advised.

The event also will feature a live and silent auction, including many items for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. In keeping with the horticultural theme, special items of interest include a “stimulus package tree” containing gift cards from local restaurants and businesses, as well as a money tree.

The Taylor Conservatory Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit “dedicated to creating beautiful spaces for public enjoyment, learning and recreation.”

For tickets contact Patty Donahue at (888) 383-4108, or e-mail

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