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Annual Flights of Fancy to raise funds for Elachee Nature Center
Benefit and auction set for April 28 at center in Gainesville
The Elachee Nature Science Center will host its annual Flights of Fancy Benefit and Auction on Friday, April 28, to raise funds to the center and its programs.

2017 Flights of Fancy Benefit and Auction

When: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 28

Where: Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville

Cost: $85 individual reserved tickets and $500 to $10,000 for limited reserved seating sponsorships for parties of two to tables for 12

More info: or 770-535-1976

Friends and members of the Elachee Nature Science Center will put on their party clothes for a casual evening filled with catered food and entertainment for its annual fundraiser.

The 2017 Flights of Fancy Benefit and Auction will be from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 28, at 2125 Elachee Drive in Gainesville.

“The great thing about Flights is that it’s like Elachee — all about the outdoors and celebrating creativity,” event co-chairwoman and Elachee trustee Dr. Jane White said. “It’s so different from other fundraising events. You can come out to support nature education and as a bonus, find a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day, graduation or wedding gift!”

This laid-back evening will feature a chef-prepared, fresh local dinner on the patio and balcony at Elachee Nature Science Center.

“Flights of Fancy comes at the perfect time of year for enjoying all that Elachee offers in a nature setting,” said Robbie McCormac, who has served on the Flights of Fancy host committee for years and is an Elachee Advisory Board member. “The patio and balcony make you feel as if you’re dining within the trees themselves.”

The event’s silent and live auctions will showcase an eclectic line-up of one-of-a-kind treasures for outdoor entertaining, along with nature-inspired garden and art pieces crafted by community members ranging from local high school students to acclaimed artists.

Rounding out the evening, Flights of Fancy guests will have the opportunity to open their wallets for this year’s Fund the Need initiative that will directly support scholarships for children to participate in Elachee’s renowned school programs.

“If your desire is to fund an already exceptional nature center and its ever growing school, you have helped preserve Elachee for generations to come,” Abby Murray, a member of the Flights of Fancy host committee, said in a news release.

While at Elachee, guests may visit the recent museum addition, the Pollinator Pass Exhibit and demonstration bee hives, as well as tour the Elachee Nature Academy classrooms, peek inside the brand new StarLab Planetarium and walk the grounds.

Flights of Fancy individual reserved tickets are $85 and include dinner and the beverage bar. Reservations are recommended.

Limited reserved seating sponsorships are still available and range from $500 to $10,000 for parties of two to tables for 12.

Parking is free and courtesy shuttles will run to assist guests getting to and from their vehicles.

For more information, visit or call 770-535-1976.