Harvest Dinner

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On Friday, September 16, Marin Art and Garden Center hosted over 120 guests for their 7th Annual Harvest Dinner, a progressive garden party and intimate dining experience under the stars.

Guests enjoyed welcome drinks from The Watering Can, the Center’s newest addition, followed by cocktails and music performed by Wyld Iris at the Fountain Pond, and a three-course dinner under the heritage oak canopy and bistro lights in the Stratford Garden, with music performed by Andrew Byars.

$90,000 was raised in ticket sales, a live Fund a Need, and auction including a private concert donated by Eos Ensemble. Proceeds support Marin Art and Garden Center’s commitment to continuing its historic legacy to harness the power of an inclusive public green space to inspire curiosity in the arts and our natural environment, and foster the next generation of environmental stewards.

The locally sourced menu was crafted by Sage Catering. Wines were sponsored by Duckhorn, Hafner Vineyard and Lorenza, and decor donated by Mayesh and The Little Flower Shop. Jeri Dexter was this year’s Harvest Dinner Event Sponsor. 

Complete photo album can be viewed here with password harvestdinner2022.

Photography by Stephanie Poole

2022 Event Sponsor:

Jeri Dexter

Individual Sponsors:

Bill & Rinda Bishop

Sisi Damner

Robin Donoghue

Stephanie Evans

Thomas Jackson & Kathleen Grant

KC Lauck

Debbie Matthies 

Candy & Robin MacNaughton

Suzanne & Robert Mellor

Tom & Jan Perry

Trish Scales

Pamela Scott

Anne-Marie & David Walker

Media Sponsor:


2022 Host Committee

Robert Beadle

Jeri Dexter

Diane & Frank Doodha

Andy & Stephanie Evans

Jim & Ann Kauffman

Jeff & Phyllis Koblick

Ed & Margaret Lewis

Bob & Robin Mayer

Tom & Jan Perry

Pam Scott

Andrea Schultz

June & John Sullivan

Thank you to our In-Kind Donors:

IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center