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Dunwoody Nature Center gears up for annual fundraiser
by LaTria Garnigan
March 18, 2014 10:06 AM | 2509 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Bob Dallas, Su Ellis, president of the board of directors of the Dunwoody Nature Center and Hillary Johnson at last year’s event.
Special Photo From left, Bob Dallas, Su Ellis, president of the board of directors of the Dunwoody Nature Center and Hillary Johnson at last year’s event.
As one of the most celebrated organizations in Dunwoody, the Dunwoody Nature Center invites the community for a night of fun, friends and gifts at its annual Monarchs & Margaritas fundraising event.

Hailed as one the nature center’s largest fundraisers, the event’s sole purpose is to raise funds for day-to-day operations of the facility, plus aid its various programs and initiatives.

“The nature center does a lot of free programs in the community like our Friday night hikes,” said Executive Director Alan Mothner. “And also last year we were able to offer scholarships to Title I schools so they could attend field trips to the nature center. But a lot of what we do throughout the year is funded through Monarchs & Margaritas.”

Last year’s crowd was near 200 and was able to raise about $40,000, but Mothner is hoping to best that with this year’s March 29 event. This is the second year the event will be at the South Terraces Atrium in Dunwoody and Mothner is looking forward to Dunwoody’s strong support system to show up.

“We have a strong contingency of supporters that come every year,” he said. “We have the mayor, city council, city staff and major influencers from Dunwoody and the surrounding cities as well. But then we also get some supporters that we aren’t familiar with and others we only see at the event who support the nature center through fundraisers.”

Event chair Jany Brown, who has been a member of the nature center since she moved to Dunwoody in 2005 and part of the board for two years, said the nature center’s core of volunteers have helped to make planning this event much easier than anticipated.

The event will feature dinner by Eclipse di Luna, entertainment from Francisco Vidal and a silent and live auction. Several of the anticipated items for the auction include a one-of-a-kind commission canvas painting by Steve Penley, a week’s vacation in a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Paris and a hand crafted dollhouse.

“I really wanted to have something for everyone,” said Brown. “This is going to be a different night than some of the other fundraisers because we have all the elements there for a great party.”

If you go:
When: March 29, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Where: South Terraces Atrium, 115 Perimeter Center Place in Dunwoody
Cost: $100 per person

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