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Root Ball 2023:  Ante Up for Derby Day (May 6, 2023)

May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Root Ball 2023:  Ante Up for Derby Day


Please join Late Bloomers Garden Club and Greenscape of Jacksonville for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” as we watch the 149th Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 6, 2023!

Ante Up for Derby Day” is the theme for this year’s ROOT BALL, which will feature casino games, frosty mint juleps, a bourbon bar, and Derby-inspired buffet.  Casino games include several blackjack tables, roulette, and craps.  A silent and live auction, DJ, and other Derby-themed activities will round out the event.  Ann Hicks, community benefactor, and philanthropist is the Honorary Chair.  Garrett Bedenbaugh, a First Alert meteorologist for Action News Jax is the emcee for the evening.

This year’s co-chairs are Tiffany Davis, Sally Ragsdale and Debbie Early.  Davis is a Greenscape board member and Ragsdale and Early are members of Late Bloomers Garden Club.

Root Ball 2023 co-chairs, Sally Ragsdale, Debbie Early and Tiffany Davis
Root Ball 2023 co-chairs, Sally Ragsdale, Debbie Early and Tiffany Davis

Since 2007, Late Bloomers Garden Club has partnered with Greenscape to produce the Root Ball, Greenscape of Jacksonville’s annual fundraiser. Funds raised through this event assist in the ongoing operation of one of the nation’s longest-running tree groups that has provided education, advocacy, and trees in the ground right here in our city, for more than 48 years.

Tickets and Sponsorship Levels:

Tickets are $75/each for ages 35 and under, and $175/each for ages 36 and above. For those generous sponsors who wish to contribute at a higher level, please see the levels listed below.  Sponsors at the Trunk level and above who purchase tickets before March 11 will be listed on the invitation.

Sponsorship Levels:

  • Tree of Life (Presenting Sponsor) – $20,000  (10 tickets)
  • Majestic Elm – $10,000  (8 tickets)
  • Grand Cypress – $5,000  (6 tickets)
  • Towering Pine – $2,500  (4 tickets)
  • Trunks – $1,000  (2 tickets)
  • Canopy – $500  (2 tickets)

Ticket Levels:

  • General Admission – $175
  • Young Professionals (35 and Under)  – $75

Ticket Reservations may be made online on Greenscape’s website (Click here.)  If you prefer to send in a check, please click here to download the form (Checks should be made out to Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc.)

Photo Gallery from Root Ball 2022: Jockeys Juleps & Jazz:


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