On Friday, May 8, 2015, The Friends of the Public Garden celebrated its 18th annual Green and White Ball at Taj Boston. This festive black-tie party was the largest and most successful Ball to date, raising $500,000 to provide care for the Public Garden, Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, which has been the mission of the Friends since its inception 45 years ago. 275 guests enjoyed a lively cocktail reception, music by a jazz trio and DJ, and a seated dinner in the Taj Grand Ballroom, which was transformed by Winston Flowers into a garden oasis. Proceeds from this year’s Ball will provide critical funds for park stewardship, a most essential element of the Friends’ efforts that ensure the 1,700 trees and over 40 pieces of public art and newly restored turf areas in the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall remain beautiful for all to enjoy. The Friends of the Public Garden would like to thank the Green and White Ball co-Chairs Jennifer Dolins, Alexis Egan, Annsley McAleer, Renee Skeffington and Kerry Swords, the committee, all of the guests and Taj Boston for their tremendous support!