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Selby Botanical Gardens nears Phase One fundraising goal with $2.5M gift for Master Plan

  • September 23, 2022
Evelyn Mink, who volunteered at the Welcome Center at Selby Gardens for 25 years, has left a $2.5 million gift from her estate to support Phase One of Selby Gardens’ Master Plan.

Evelyn Mink, who volunteered at the Welcome Center at Selby Gardens for 25 years, has left a $2.5 million gift from her estate to support Phase One of Selby Gardens’ Master Plan.

Evelyn Mink volunteered at the Welcome Center at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus for 25 years. Now Selby Gardens will create a special place for volunteers like her as part of Phase One of Selby Gardens’ Master Plan.

Selby Gardens announced last week that it will receive approximately $2.5 million through the Evelyn S. Mink Charitable Trust to support Phase One construction of the Master Plan. In her honor, the Evelyn S. Mink Volunteer Suite will be dedicated at the new Plant Research Center that is part of the project.

When the building opens next year, the suite will house volunteer workstations, a lounge area, and the office of the volunteer coordinator.

An artist's rendering of the Plant Research Center that will open next year as part of Phase One of Selby Gardens' Master Plan. The Evelyn S. Mink Volunteer Suite will be dedicated at the facility.

An artist’s rendering of the Plant Research Center that will open next year as part of Phase One of Selby Gardens’ Master Plan. The Evelyn S. Mink Volunteer Suite will be dedicated at the facility.

“For 25 years, Mrs. Mink volunteered in our Welcome Center, contributing almost 5,000 hours of service to Selby Gardens over that time,” said Vera Neumann-Wood, Selby Gardens’ volunteer coordinator. “Until very recently, you could see her driving onto the Downtown Sarasota campus in her Thunderbird convertible!”

Mink’s last day of volunteering at Selby Gardens was in March 2020, just before the Gardens temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mink passed away in June 2021 at 101.

“Evelyn Mink’s dedicated service and generous philanthropy are an inspiration and, really, part of a legacy here at Selby Gardens,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. “Both of our campuses were established by forward-thinking women of their

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