Root Ball a celebration of trees on Derby Day

Root Ball a celebration of trees on Derby Day
Steve Taras, Honorary Chair Lori Boyer, Dendra Shields and Jeanie Taras

With graceful Live Oak trees surrounding its new event venue at Bowing Oaks Plantation, the 2019 Root Ball simply exuded Southern charm. Cheryl and Jim Efstathion’s plantation was the perfect locale to celebrate trees, said Event Co-Chair Robin Patton. Bowties and bodacious bonnets adorned the more than 250 guests who gathered to take part in Kentucky Derby Day excitement by sipping mint julips, watching the race on big-screen TVs and being serenaded by the Fire Water Tent Revival psychedelic bluegrass band. Money raised for Greenscape of Jacksonville came through a silent auction, wine grab, 50/50 competition based on the race and ticket sales, which alone totaled more than $115,000. Serving as honorary chair of the event was District 5 Councilwoman Lori Boyer of San Marco. Sharing event chair honors with Patton was E. Zimmerman Boulos of San Marco.

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