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Fall Gala

Join us for our Gala on October 10, 2020

The Duke Lemur Center’s annual fall gala is a benefit and silent auction to raise funds for the Duke Lemur Center’s Madagascar Conservation Programs. We hope you will consider this a great opportunity to come for a visit and mingle with others who care about our conservation work in Madagascar to protect lemurs and their natural habitat. 

Main Event: Saturday, October 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Duke University’s Karsh Alumni Center,  2080 Duke University Rd, Durham, NC 27708

VIP reception: Individuals and businesses whose 2020 annual contribution to the Duke Lemur Center is $1,000 or more and donors who are members of our honorary giving societies are invited to a VIP reception at 5:00 p.m. with our conservation experts, Andrea Katz and Charlie Welch.

Tours at the DLC: Visit with our lemurs! Once registered for the gala, guests will receive an invitation to register for special tours of the Duke Lemur Center before the gala – the morning and early afternoon of October 10th, and the morning of Sunday, October 11th.

Registration for this event will open on August 10, 2020.

Registration is $75 per person and includes a $50 tax deductible donation to the Duke Lemur Center.

Can’t attend? 

Can’t attend but want to support the cause? We’d love to accept your donation! Please click below to become an event sponsor or to donate to the DLC’s Madagascar conservation programs!

Sponsors + Auction Items Needed

We’re seeking sponsorships and in-kind donations for the gala’s silent and live auction, so if you can help with that, thank you so much! You can register items for the auction through this online form and we’re accepting sponsorship donations through this link. If you would like to discuss these opportunities with Mary Paisley, the DLC’s Development Officer, please email her at

Thank you so much to last year’s (2019) SPONSORS:


Platinum ($5,000+)


Gold ($2,500-$4,999)


Silver ($1,000-$2,499)

Sally Searcy Kleberg
Dr. Michele Ann Rasmussen
Maureen and Michael Rhodes
The Rigsby family
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Dr. Michael R. Yochelson and Kevin Clift


Bronze ($500-$999)

Shannon’s Tree Service

Animal Hospital of Lenoir County
Jeff and Charlotte Clark
Dorothy and Mary Crowell
Paul and Jennifer Friedman
Dr. Geoffrey and Nancy Yuen