FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2024) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the state, will host “An Evening in Paris” on Saturday, March 2 at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club, 10420 Washingtonia Palm Way in Fort Myers. The 2024 gala, hosted by the Southwest Florida Symphony Crew, begins at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary valet parking, dinner, live music, dancing, and exciting silent and live auctions.

“The annual gala is a key fundraiser for the symphony,” said Liz Marnul, Southwest Florida Symphony board member and gala chair. “We invite the community to attend and help the orchestra continue sharing world class music for all ages throughout Southwest Florida.”

            Individual tickets are $125. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are also available, including:

  • Palais du Louvre’s Cour Napoleon Host and Venue Sponsor, $1,500 – Table for eight with preferred seating and one complimentary cocktail for each guest at “Harry’s New York Bar in Paris;” recognition on the website, in the 2024/2025 SWFLSO program book and at the event; eight sets of raffle tickets; and valet parking
  • Moulin Rouge Entertainment Sponsor, $1,000 – Two tickets with preferred seating and two complimentary cocktails at “Harry’s New York Bar in Paris;” recognition on the website, in the 2024/2025 SWFLSO program book and at the event; two sets of raffle tickets; and valet parking
  • Bateaux Mouches Valet Parking Sponsor, $500 – One ticket; recognition on the website, in the 2024/2025 SWFLSO program book and at the event; one set of raffle tickets; and valet parking

Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at or by calling 239-418-1500.

About Southwest Florida Symphony Crew

For more than 50 years, the Southwest Florida Symphony Crew, formerly Society, has existed as the symphony’s fundraising arm to foster, promote and increase the knowledge and appreciation of music in the community in support of the orchestra. The crew provides concert ambassadors, staff services at the symphony office and housing for musicians, as well as hosting a wide range of special fundraising projects with all proceeds going directly to benefit the orchestra. Additionally, the crew helps support the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and manages several music scholarship competitions for the benefit of young music students.

To learn more about the Southwest Florida Symphony Crew or apply to join, visit

About Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony made its debut as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961, playing in schools and community centers, with a roster of only 24 volunteer musicians. Today, the symphony boasts a roster of 70 world-class professional musicians and is Lee County’s only fully professional orchestra and fourth oldest in the state. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 63rd year continues the orchestra’s tradition of artistic excellence and innovation as Music Director Maestro Radu Paponiu leads another season of spectacular performances. Maestro Paponiu, the sixth music director in the organization’s history, also serves as the associate conductor and youth orchestra director for the Naples Philharmonic in addition to guest-conducting with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

For more information about the Southwest Florida Symphony, upcoming season performances and subscription and ticketing information, visit or call 239-418-1500.


Amy Ginsburg, Southwest Florida Symphony, 239-418-0996, Angela Bell, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758,