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Fall Benefit — Mission: Madagascar

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Mission: Madagascar – a call to conservation

October 6, 2018 was an evening of celebration and support for the Duke Lemur Center’s Madagascar Conservation Programs. Thank you to all donors, sponsors and friends – as well as DLC staff, volunteers, researchers, and lemurs – who made the evening a success! Together, we raised nearly $50,000 to support our community-based conservation programs in Madagascar. In addition, some exciting opportunities were featured at the event, and we have some interest that may make those projects a reality to increase our impact in Madagascar!

Click here to view an image gallery of the 2018 event.

A special thanks to our sponsors, with a huge shout out to Leland Little Auctions for the incredible wine selection and live auction expertise; to Fullsteam Brewery for the beer and the special “Ranomasina” brew they created just for us; and to Triangle Catering and Petal & Oak for their food and gorgeous flowers!

THANK YOU to these 2018 donors who attended the Mission: Madagascar event and made contributions in 2018 supporting the Duke Lemur Center’s Madagascar Conservation Programs!

Madagascar Champions: $10,000 +
Julie Harkness Cooke
Walter Korman and Veronica Lujan
Dr. Sara Miller and Dr. David Howell

Madagascar Explorers: $1,000 – $4,999
Jane A. Barthelme
Kathleen Bendel
M.J. Chapman
David Clouse
Laura and Scott Durlacher
Rebecca Fabbro
Dr. John A. Feagin, Jr. in honor of Rob Feagin
Paula Greeno
V. Fred and Carollee Gunnell, in memory of Gregg Gunnell
Nancy M. Hemmerich
Patricia H. Kohler
Kristin L. Lott
Alexander Milewski
D. Michelle Renick
Dr. M. Kirby Harriss Rigsby
Martha L. Seeligson
Seneca Park Zoo Society
Walter and Elizabeth Sinnott-Armstrong
Brandi Weaver
Michael Yochelson and Kevin Clift

Madagascar Adventurer: $500 – $999.99
Dr. Allan K. Chrisman and Polly Van De Velde
Dr. Charlotte Reeves and Banks Jefferson Clark
Julie Clark
Meg and Gregory S. Dye
Rebeca Lea Fabbro
Susan Fitzgerald
The Reverend Patrick Spencer Hamrick
Shannon W. Henderson
Severine and Jeffrey I. Hutchins
Sally Searcy Kleberg
Vanessa Lucas
Janna Mann
Hannah Salvatore
Kristin Leigh Smith, Esq. and Christian E. Wannamaker
Christopher Woodring
Geoffrey Yuen and Nancy Yamanaka-Yuen

Madagascar Advocate: $250 – $499.99
Meredith Ann and Aaron Haywood Stoertz
Kathryn Bloom
Laura Branan
Candice Chambers
Toby Chellis
Sandra Clarke
Andrea Finch
Jennifer Ganser and Andrew Haracourt
Dr. Laurie Rohde Godfrey
Stacey Hamilton
Scott Hennes
Janae House
Dawn Hull
Dr. Deborah A. Johnson
Courtney Lederer and Mark E. Thierfelder
Barbara J. and Scott Michael Lynch
Dr. Leslie Smith and Bruce F. Metge
Mr. Trevor McKinley Nichols
Jeannette K. Rinehart
Ms. Jane Madeleine Tandler
Danica Turner
Karla and Frank Werner
John Witzgall

Madagascar Friend: $125 – 249.99
Mr. and Mrs. David A. Bartholomew
Dr. Ruby R. Benjamin
Rebecca R. Blackwell
Dr. Michael D. and Alexis K. Gordon
The Reverend Steven M. Graebner
Andrew Neil Guthrie
Larry Dean Hamrick
Brian Hare
Todd Johnson
Mary and Tom Paisley
Alan Potts
Dr. and Ms. Robert Schopler
Eleanor and Michael W. Smith
The Executives Club
Neva Von Wasilewski
Sam Yohannan
Marion R. Zirbel

Please view our corporate sponsors HERE

About the event

The purpose of the event is to celebrate our Madagascar Conservation Programs and raise much-needed funding to support its operations, which total $300,000 annually and are fully funded by grants and private donations — including ticket purchases for this event! 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.

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, October 6th from 6:00 p.m. 'til 9:00 p.m. **Due to the strong potential for Hurricane Florence to make landfall on or near the NC coast as a Category 3 or 4 storm, and the expected flooding and downed trees across the state in the days that follow, we are forced to postpone the Mission: Madagascar event from September 15 to a new date of October 6.**

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!

Relax and be happy among other animal-lovers on this special once-a-year evening at the Duke Lemur Center! From 6:00-7:30 PM, enjoy the twilight tropical ambiance of the DLC’s tour path, snacking on heavy hors d'oeuvres and exploring the grounds with a glass of fine wine or craft beer in hand. Meet the lemurs and share stories with DLC staff and researchers. See behind-the-scenes areas like the prep kitchen, where our lemurs’ meals are made fresh every day; and talk to the DLC’s veterinarians on your tour of the surgery and examination room. These spaces are rarely opened to the public – don’t miss this chance!

Starting at 7:30, guests will be treated to a short presentation by conservation superstars Sir Charlie Welch and Lady Andrea Katz, the husband-wife team who spearhead the DLC’s work “on the ground” in Madagascar. Charlie and Andrea have devoted their lives to saving Madagascar’s threatened lemurs and forests, and their story shows how passionate, devoted people and organizations like the Lemur Center can make a big impact on saving endangered species.

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

To learn more about the DLC’s conservation work in Madagascar, please visit https://lemur.duke.edu/madagascar. Our conservation work averages $300,000 annually and is fully funded by grants and private donations, including ticket purchases for this event. Thank you so much for your support!

Please note: Unlike other DLC events that are geared toward families with children, MISSION: MADAGASCAR is for adults only.

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 items, prizes for our drawings, or sponsoring the event, we’d love to hear from you now!

We are seeking items for the silent auction and drawings:

We welcome gift certificates, gift cards, and items requiring low or no storage space at ANY estimated value level. For larger items, we ask that they be approximately $250 or more estimated value and if you are willing to keep the item until the week of the event, we would greatly appreciate it. Perhaps you can offer a weekend stay at a vacation home, a pair of basketball tickets, 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!

For a complete list of our wonderful corporate sponsors, and explanation on the sponsorship levels and the link to make a corporate donation, please visit our CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP page. Huge thanks to everyone who has donated so far. We couldn't do this without you!

If you have questions about ways your business can help, please contact Mary Paisley at mary.paisley@duke.edu or 919.401.7252 – she would love to hear from you!

Ticket donation levels

$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 October 6th 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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