Spring Fundraiser Hits Mark

June 4, 2018 (Gainesville, Ga.) – Elachee Nature Science Center is pleased to report the 2018 Flights of Fancy Benefit & Auction raised a total of $112,676. This support represents 10 percent of Elachee’s annual operations budget. Planning has already begun for the 19th Annual Flights of Fancy Benefit & Auction taking place in late April 2019.

Hosted by the Elachee Board of Trustees, the Flights of Fancy Benefit & Auction is Elachee’s primary annual fundraiser to secure critical support for the Nature Center’s annual educational programming and conservation initiatives. Funds raised enable Elachee to continue its legacy as an acclaimed regional resource that teaches children, families and nature lovers today so we may all understand how to preserve for tomorrow.

Elachee welcomes one of its founding mothers, Rosemary Dodd, as an Acorn Friend sponsor at the 18th Annual Flights of Fancy Benefit and Auction.Thank You, Sponsors

A record number of businesses, organizations and individuals sponsored the 18th Annual Flights of Fancy Benefit & Auction

Elachee Annual Sponsors: Cargill, Chattahoochee Marketing Group, Gainesville Flooring, Mike and Robbie McCormac, Smith Gilliam Williams & Miles PA, Springer Mountain Farms Fresh Chicken, Walters Management Company and Willis Investment CounselWant to Partner with Elachee?

Walnut Event Sponsors: Steve and Gale McKibbon

Hickory Event Sponsor: Murrayville Veterinary Clinic

Beech Event Sponsors: Brand Properties, Dallas and Bobbie Gay, Harry Norman Realtors-Cathy Cobb, John and Jane Hemmer, Jock and Joyce Hornor, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, Northside Hospital, Norton Commercial Group-Will Cobb, Tom and Sally Oliver, Regions Bank and Turner Wood & Smith Insurance.

Dogwood Event Sponsors: Alexander Almand & Bangs, Chestnut Mountain Logistics, Jeff and Cindy Gay, Milton Martin Honda, Stewart Melvin & Frost, The Longstreet Clinic, The Norton Agency, University of North Georgia, Kelvin and Anu Whisenhunt.

Maple Event Sponsors: Emily Bagwell and Ben Kastner, B Cutler and M Pate, John and Judy Girardeau, Hamilton State Bank, Left Nut Brewing Company, Mellow Mushroom, Ruston & Company, Syfan Logistics and Synergy Wellness.

Acorn Friend Sponsors: Jack and Sandra Bailey, Bart Patterson & Associates LLC, BB&T, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Rosemary Dodd, Ryan Fogg and Sylwester Ratowt, Don and Sandra Lane, Pinnacle Bank-Braselton, Tommy and Lisa Wilson. Elachee had a wonderful and eclectic mix of auction items from a plethora of regional artists, artisans, retailers, businesses, organizations and individuals.

Special thanks to the event’s Volunteer Host Committee members: Chair Cathy Cobb; Committee Leads Allyson Everett, Gale McKibbon, Robbie McCormac and Jane White; Ginny Barber, Beth Bell, Jennie Clayton, Cindy Gay, Sybil Hall-Beheler, Jock Hornor, Abby Murray, Amanda Norton, Sally Oliver, Brandi Paul, Amanda Watkins and Morgan Wood.

We are also very grateful to the scores of auction donors who provided a fabulous selection of eclectic nature-related art and outdoor entertaining items and excursions. Take a peek at some of the items our guests took home! 2018 Auction Sneak Peek

Special “Fund the Need” Appeal to Help Young Students

More than $26,000 of the total amount raised at Flights of Fancy was in response to the event’s Fund the Need appeal for the Elachee Nature Academy Scholarship Fund. Our guests’ generosity helped Elachee reach 70 percent of the $37,000 annual need to award financial aid to qualifying students enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year, starting in August. Elachee Nature Academy debuted its 2018 video for the Flights of Fancy guests, with Trustee Jason Everett sharing his personal endorsement for this innovative school and educational model. WATCH VIDEO 

Elachee-Nature-Academy-May-2018 from Elachee Nature Science Center on Vimeo.

Did you know? Elachee Nature Science Center has an established, fully-licensed and SACS/AdvancED-accredited school on site. Elachee Nature Academy offers Nature Preschool and Kindergarten-1st Grade (K-1) programs. The academic year follows the Hall County Schools calendar. Parents choose Elachee Nature Academy for their young children based on the key advantages of small class sizes and expansive classrooms, to students’ unprecedented access to nature with more than 2.5 hours per instructional day spent outdoors in and around the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. 

Thank you to Elachee Trustee Jason Everett and daughter, Harper, for sharing their experiences with Elachee Nature Academy.

About Elachee

Elachee Nature Science Center is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For nearly 40 years, this premier SACS/AdvancED-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians and has become beloved a destination to connect with the natural world.

Elachee engages tens of thousands of visitors annually with quality nature programming and environmental education experiences for school children, families and nature lovers. Of note, the Nature Center’s longest running program, Camp Elachee, has been named the 2017 and 2018 Best of Hall Summer Camp for its rich history of getting children outdoors during school breaks. The Nature Center campus is also home to Elachee Nature Academy, the first SACS-accredited and licensed Nature Preschool and Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade programs in the southeast. 

Elachee is nestled in one of Georgia’s largest protected green spaces, the 1,440 acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. As conservator in perpetuity for this regional treasure, Elachee’s preserve management team facilitates conservation initiatives with community partners, in addition to coordinating a volunteer trail crew to maintain 12 miles of hiking trails accessible to the public year round. 

Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donations, annual and corporate sponsorships, planned gifts, grants and proceeds from the annual Flights of Fancy Benefit & Auction to fund operations. 

Call 770-535-1976 or visit elachee.org to learn more.