Win one of 20 curated gift baskets in support of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud) — A long-standing fall fundraising activity by Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is the latest event adapted to meet the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus.

Organizers said they decided to replace Wine and Roses, a traditional outdoor dinner in the rose garden, with a Remote Raffle Affair. People can now celebrate the riches of the Botanic Gardens by participating in a raffle for one of 20 curated baskets, from the comfort of their own home.

Each basket features unique artwork, gifts, decor, memorabilia or gift certificates for local experiences. A sampling of experiences include: a hayride tour and lunch for six people at Burden Museum with Director Dr. Jeff Kuehny, a Louisiana Culinary Institute cooking class for two people, a one year membership to Baton Rouge Orchid Society.

A variety of gift cards from the some of the Capital City’s favorite businesses are also included, such as Red Stick Spice, Wild Birds Unlimited, Maxwell’s, Grace Yoga and Teatery.

LSU fans may be most interested in the ‘Bleed Purple and Gold Basket’ which includes a National Championship football signed by Ed Orgeron, a baseball signed by head coach Pail Mainieri, a ‘Burreaux’ football jersey, Alumni Hall gift card and more.

Every basket also comes with a bottle of wine, a bottle of prosecco, two wine glasses and a custom-designed rose bouquet.

Individuals may purchase raffle tickets for their favorite basket and take a chance on more than one offering. Individual raffle tickets are $25 each or get five tickets for $100 ($20/each), 15 tickets for $200 ($13.33/each) or 30 tickets for $300 ($10/each). Online ticket sales are open until Nov. 23 at

Winners will be drawn at 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 and notified shortly thereafter. All proceeds benefit the building of the Burden Museum & Gardens Welcome Center.

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