Whimsical Wings Event is a Natural Wonder
Elachee Nature Science Center invites the community to the 2016 Flights of Fancy benefit and auction on May 6 to celebrate spring and support children, nature education and conservation.
April 27, 2016 (Gainesville, Ga.) – Elachee Nature Science Center will host the 16th Annual Flights of Fancy spring benefit and auction on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Party-goers will gather for what has become a favorite, casual evening among the Nature Center’s friends to show their love and support of Elachee and its mission.
Flights of Fancy has a legacy of incredible collaboration among devoted Elachee volunteers, its Board of Trustees, a giving community and staff. Event Co-Chair and Elachee Trustee Dr. Jane White shares, “The great thing about Flights is that it’s like Elachee – all about the outdoors and celebrating creativity. It’s so different from other fund raising events. You can come out to support nature education and as a bonus, find a perfect Mother’s Day gift!”
This laid back evening will feature a delightful chef-prepared, ‘fresh local’ dinner on the breathtaking patio and balcony at the Elachee Visitor Center. The event’s silent and live auctions will showcase an eclectic line-up of whimsical, one-of-a-kind treasures for outdoor entertaining along with garden and nature pieces artfully crafted by community members ranging from local high school students to acclaimed artists. Rounding out the evening, guests will have the opportunity to open their wallets for this year’s Fund the Need initiative to directly support an exciting education program expansion to be revealed at the event. While at Elachee, guests may also visit the traveling bat exhibit, tour the Elachee Nature Preschool and walk the grounds to see what’s new.
“I enjoy Flights of Fancy because it feels good to be able to support Elachee and bid on the types of items that really appeal to me,” explains Robbie McCormac, who has for years served on the Flights committee and is an Elachee Advisory Board member. “The fact that guests attend and support the event year after year is a testament to the incredible effort of the volunteers who give so much time to make this an event that’s not stuffy, but fun and different.”
Event Co-Chair and Elachee Advisory Board Member Cindy Gay sums it up, saying, “I’m all about children, nature and learning, and love Elachee. I’ve been part of this event since it started. It’s so much fun to work on, get the items for the event and then see how much fun all the guests are having celebrating my three favorite things.”
Flights of Fancy general seating tickets are $65, and include dinner and the beverage bar. Limited reserved seating sponsorships packages are still available and range from $750 up to $2,500. Find event details and purchase tickets online at elachee.org/flights-of-fancy or call 770-535-1976. The committee recommends making a reservation or buying tickets ahead of the event.
Parking is free and courtesy shuttles provided by Milton Martin Honda will be running to assist guests in getting to/from their vehicles. Flights of Fancy will be held at Elachee Nature Science Center located off Atlanta Highway, 2125 Elachee Drive in Gainesville.
Elachee is proud to acknowledge the many sponsors whose financial support is making the 2016 Flights of Fancy possible:
- Annual Corporate Sponsors Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, Smith Gilliam Williams & Miles, and Willis Investment Counsel;
- Premier Sponsors Cargill Cares-Gainesville, Jeff and Cindy Gay, and Tom and Sally Oliver;
- Platinum Sponsors Leggs and Sally Clark, and Sam and Mary Stanford;
- Gold Sponsors Beth Bell, Will Cobb, Dallas and Bobbie Gay, Jock and Joyce Hornor, Mike and Robbie McCormac, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Syfan Logistics, and Walters Management Company;
- Silver Sponsors BB&T, Gainesville Flooring, Memorial Park Funeral Homes & Cemetaries, Stewart Melvin & Frost, Stifel, The Longstreet Clinic, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance, and Whitehead Die Casting; and
- Bronze Sponsors Alexander Almand & Bangs, Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia, Corso Law Center, McGarity’s Business Products, The Norton Agency, and Rushton & Company.
The Elachee Nature Science Center exhibits and Nature Shop are open daily. See hours and admission details or call 770-535-1976. Elachee’s hiking trail system through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is open to the public daily, 7 a.m. to dusk.
Elachee Nature Science Center in north Georgia’s 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more than 35 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee serves tens of thousands of visitors annually through STEM-based environmental education classes for PreK-12 schools, Camp Elachee summer day camps, museum exhibits, 12 miles of pristine hiking trails, other quality educational experiences, conservation activities and special programs for the public. The campus is also home to Elachee Nature Preschool, the first and only State-licensed and SACS-accredited nature preschool in the southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donations, planned gifts, grants and corporate partnerships, and fund raising events to fund operations. Visit www.Elachee.org.