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Fall Benefit — Mission: Madagascar

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An evening to remember

Join us this fall for an evening to remember at the Duke Lemur Center! On Saturday, September 15, Mission: Madagascar will provide you the opportunity to stroll along the tour path at the Duke Lemur Center and get to know other lovers of lemurs, science, and Madagascar! Unlike other DLC events geared toward families and kids, this celebration is intended for adults. 

Mission: Madagascar Overview

Mission: Madagascar

Join us for a fall benefit to support the Duke Lemur Center’s Madagascar Conservation Programs. It will be an evening to remember!

Date and time:

Saturday, September 15th from 6:00 p.m. 'til 9:00 p.m.

Exclusive VIP reception:

For Mission: Madagascar donors of $1,000 or more, we will offer exclusive lemur viewing opportunities and time with Charlie Welch (who manages the DLC-SAVA Conservation project) and Andrea Katz (who oversees the DLC's ex-situ conservation programs) at 5:00 p.m.

The Duke Lemur Center joins forces with the people of Madagascar to protect lemurs and the many other endemic, rare, and threatened animals and plants that once thrived on the "Eighth Continent." Support the DLC's Madagascar Conservation Programs and join us for our event on September 15!

Enjoy heavy appetizers, a wonderful selection of wines donated by Leland Little Auctions, and locally brewed beer donated by Durham’s own Fullsteam Brewery — including an exclusive brew named after our newest blue-eyed black lemur, Ranomasina!

Relax and be happy among other animal-lovers in the twilight tropical ambiance during a special evening at the Duke Lemur Center! Meet or get re-acquainted with our rare and beautiful lemurs, browse the items in our silent auction and participate in interactive conservation experiences along the tour path, including a Madagascar presentation by Sir Charlie Welch and Lady Andrea Katz.

Mark your calendar now and check back in early August for registration links!

Recommended Attire

What to wear? Be creative! We invite you get into the spirit of Madagascar! Colorful attire (tropical!) with a flair for elegance and adventure are encouraged - but PLEASE wear comfortable shoes, as our parking lot and walkways can be challenging to traverse in high heels. Be elegant and/or wear safari-style clothing, but do it in a big way – make a statement!

Prizes will be awarded for:
Safari hat bling
Wild for lemurs
Tropical delight
Blind us with science

Can’t attend? Help in other ways!

If you know that you simply cannot attend, we invite you to make a contribution to Madagascar Conservation Programs NOW in honor of the big event to come and the amazing work we'll do in Madagascar thanks to your support! Gifts enlisted in 2018 of $500 or more will be recognized at the event. So you will be there with us in spirit!

Other ways you can help: We're actively seeking event sponsors and silent auction donations! If you or your business would like to make this event a sweet success for us by donating auction item/s, drawing items, or sponsoring the event, we’d love to hear from you! Learn more via the tabs below.

Donate a Silent Auction Item

If you or your business would like to make this event a sweet success for us by donating auction item/s, drawing items, or sponsoring the event, we’d love to hear from you now!

We are seeking items for the silent auction and drawings: Our Development Department is seeking items with an estimated value of $250 or more, and ideally small or no-storage-needed items such as a weekend stay at a vacation home, a 50% off coupon for any item, or a one-of-a-kind experience with an expert or well-known person. To register an item for our auction, click here or click the button below!

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Paisley at (919) 401-7252 or mary.paisley@duke.edu. Thanks so much for your support!

Be a Mission: Madagascar Sponsor

If you or your business would like to make this event a sweet success for us by donating auction item/s, drawing items, or sponsoring the event, we’d love to hear from you now! We’re thrilled to share that Leland Little Auctions is donating wine and that Fullsteam Brewery is donating beer. We received rave reviews for their contributions last year!

If your business would like to make an in-kind contribution, support us in a special way, or become an event sponsor to underwrite costs of the event with a donation of $1,000 or more, please click the "DONATE AS A SPONSOR" button below or contact Mary Paisley at mary.paisley@duke.edu or 919.401.7252 – she would love to hear from you!

Sponsorship recognition levels:

Your sponsorship of the Mission: Madagascar event will support Madagascar Conservation Programs of the Duke Lemur Center.

Bronze Sponsor, Madagascar Conservation Programs - $1,000
Name listed among Bronze Sponsors in all Mission: Madagascar event recognition and on Madagascar Conservation Programs website sponsor page, and recognition in the DLC Annual Report

Silver Sponsor, Madagascar Conservation Programs - $2,500
Name listed among Silver Sponsors in all Mission: Madagascar event recognition and on Madagascar Conservation Programs website sponsor page, and recognition in DLC Annual Report

Gold Sponsor, Madagascar Conservation Programs - $5,000 or more
Logo in all Mission: Madagascar event materials and year-round recognition, including Madagascar Conservation Programs website sponsor page; name listed on donor wall in Lemur Landing; and recognition in DLC Annual Report

Registration will begin in August

Stay tuned — reservations for guests will begin in early August! You may preview the event donation options below. The purpose of the event is to celebrate our Madagascar Conservation Programs and raise much-needed funding to support its operations. Your reservation and payment is tax deductible as a gift to the Duke Lemur Center’s Madagascar Conservation Programs, less a $20 per guest premium.

*What is a premium? IRS guidelines and Duke University require that we estimate a value for what you receive as a result of this event – other than warm fuzzies for helping our highly worthy cause with your donation, that is! That amount must be deducted from the actual donation amount to us. $20 per person is a bargain, but is a fair estimate of the cost of food, drinks, and access to the tour path.

$125 - Madagascar Friend

$105 tax-deductible donation plus $20 premium

Includes:
Admission for one to Mission: Madagascar

$250 - Madagascar Advocate

$210 donation plus $40 premium

Includes:
Admission for two to Mission: Madagascar
Recognition on the DLC's Mission: Madagascar webpage

$500 - Madagascar Adventurer

$460 donation plus $40 premium

Includes:
Admission for two to Mission: Madagascar
Recognition on the DLC’s Mission: Madagascar webpage
8" x 10" photograph signed by David Haring

$1,000 - Madagascar Explorer

$920 donation plus $80 premium

Includes: 
Admission for four and access to exclusive VIP reception
11" x 14"  photograph signed by longtime DLC photographer, David Haring
Recognition on the DLC’s Mission: Madagascar webpage and in the DLC Annual Report

$5,000 - Absolutely Wild for Madagascar

$4,800 donation plus $200 premium

Includes:
Your name on a rock displayed in front of the Madagascar garden and on a DLC Donor Wall in Lemur Landing
Admission for 10 and access to exclusive VIP reception
Recognition on the DLC’s Mission: Madagascar webpage and in the DLC Annual Report
11" x 14" photograph signed by longtime DLC photographer, David Haring
DLC Director’s Society recognition

$10,000 - Madagascar Champion

$9,800 donation plus $200 premium

Includes:
Your name on a plaque beside the Madagascar sign on the tour path and on a DLC Donor Wall in Lemur Landing
Admission for 10 people and access to exclusive VIP reception
Recognition on the DLC’s Mission: Madagascar webpage and in the DLC Annual Report
11" x 14" photograph signed by longtime DLC photographer, David Haring
DLC Director’s Society recognition

$25,000 or more - Madagascar Benefactor

$24,800 donation plus $200 premium

Includes:
A brand-new bench along the tour path with your name on it
Your name on a plaque beside the Madagascar sign on the tour path and on a DLC Donor Wall in Lemur Landing
Admission for 10 people and access to exclusive VIP reception
Recognition on the DLC website and in the DLC Annual Report
11" x 14" photograph signed by longtime DLC photographer, David Haring
DLC Director’s Society recognition

 


Note to existing DLC Madagascar/SAVA donors

If you have already made a contribution to Madagascar Conservation Programs in 2018 and register to attend the September 15th event with an additional donation as part of this Mission: Madagascar fundraiser, THANK YOU! You will be recognized at the level above that reflects your total 2018 contributions to Madagascar Conservation Programs.

A donation to Mission: Madagascar is required to attend the event. We will also list separately and celebrate ALL donors to Madagascar Conservation Programs who have given $500 or more in the past year but are unable to attend the event. We appreciate you so much!

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