October 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Moonlight in the Gardens, South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center’s 12th annual signature fundraiser, presented for the fifth year by CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, begins at 5:30 p.m., 
Friday, October 12, at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Drive. Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, and wife Mrs.Thetis Neal will be honored at the event, which this year features two bands. 

Judge Neal’s public service career, one of the most impressive in South Texas, spans 30 years in the Military, and 40 years in the corporate world, including numerous community and public service leadership positions, notably Chair of South Texas Military Task Force, three gubernatorial appointments, four terms as Mayor of Corpus Christi, three as Nueces County Judge--plus numerous civilian, Military and Texas A&M University honors, awards and board positions. 

The 2018 event, benefiting Botanical Gardens environmental education and conservation programs, keeps its casual format and interplanetary travel theme, with continuous entertainment inside and outside the venue, including golden features Vulcan Valet, Starlight, Grand Galaxy, Live auctions, Stellar Spirits, Pictures with Parrots, Aphrodite’s Patio Party with music by The Deadbeats, Wine Pull, Best Steak on the Planet, and Nep-Tunes by pop and rock favorite Flashback. Event co-chairs are Botanical Gardens Executive Board member Dr. Mary Jane Garza, and CITGO’s Government & Public Affairs Manager Christina Cisneros-Guzman. Program master of ceremonies is State Representative Todd Hunter.

New ONLINE AUCTION BIDDING, and check-in system this year contracted through "GiveSmart," with company reps on site for assistance.

Moonlight in the Gardens full table sponsorships now are being sold, from $1500 to $10,000. Individual seats on sale beginning Sept. 10, $150, $125 members. Contact Scott Simmonds, Development Director,; or Michael Womack, Executive Director,, 361-852-2100, for more information.hip or call 361-852-2100.

  • Oct 12th at 5:30pm to 10:30pm