Dracula seeks the pleasure of your company at the Dracula Orchid Ball – Gala under Glass
A fundraising benefit for the Conservatory of Flowers

Dracula orchids, native to Andean Cloud Forests, represent both the powerful glory of an ingenious Earth, employing near-miraculous schemes to attract pollinators and thrive, and the poignant tragedy of assault on Earth by mining, logging and climate change.  The Andes is the most diverse region of the planet, home to 15% of the world’s biodiversity.  The Conservatory of Flowers is a portal to the verdant diversity of Earth’s tropical rain and cloud forests, through which guests can glimpse the glory and learn about these fragile ecosystems to protect them.

5:30 – 6:30 VIP Reception
6:30 – 9:30 Gala
9:30 – midnight The Gaslamp Fantasy After-Party
Tickets: $500 – All three experiences
$350 – Gala and The Gaslamp Fantasy

The Dracula Orchid Ball seeks to engage you to raise funds supporting the renovation of our Cloud Forest Gallery, to better immerse visitors in Dracula’s compelling story, and to enhance our renowned orchid collection and greenhouse.

The Dracula Orchid Ball is a multifaceted adventure highlighting the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile beauty of rainforests all over the world.  Each Gallery will seduce you with sublime experience.

Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum
evokes the duality of existence.

San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia will thrill with powerful verse.

Tigerlily Perfumery will seduce with aromatic magic.

Diva Marias will mesmerize with techno-opera.

The Poetry Store will set up shop.

Wrecking Ball Coffee will explain definitively “third wave coffee” – and keep you awake for the after-party!

Humphry Slocombe creates brain freeze with vanilla – the most delicious edible product produced by the family Orchidaceae.

A participatory art installation will create the magic of the Dracula Orchid!

The Bay Area’s finest caterers and purveyors of spirits will sate you in splendor.

Capacity is limited – please RSVP today!


The Dracula Ball experience is designed and produced by Carina Hessmer of Entire Productions.

Catering donated by



For more information, contact Samantha Smart Merritt, Chief Development Officer, at 415-595-6950 or ssmartmerritt(at)sfcof.org