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Monarchs and Margaritas event to benefit nature center
by Noreen Cochran
April 10, 2013 09:54 AM | 1204 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Su Ellis, president of the Dunwoody Nature Center Board of Directors, left, and Sandra Salem, Monarchs & Margaritas event chair.
Su Ellis, president of the Dunwoody Nature Center Board of Directors, left, and Sandra Salem, Monarchs & Margaritas event chair.
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Monarchs and Margaritas, the major fundraiser for the Dunwoody Nature Center, is coming home after two years at Glenridge Hall in Sandy Springs.

The eighth annual event will occur April 27 at the South Terraces Atrium in Perimeter Center, where woods and a reflecting pool will remind guests of the nature center’s ambience and its mission of environmental education.

However, event spokeswoman Pat Adams said the switch was more practical than patriotic.

“We needed more space. It was a decision to move to another space where we could spread out the auction items and the party itself,” she said. “For the auction items, the items are coming in fast and furiously and we need the space to display them.”

Event Coordinator Sandra Salem said in a statement she and her committee have been collecting donations for several months for the live and silent auctions.

“There will be a wide variety of unique items and fun experiences,” she said about vacation destinations, artwork, theatre tickets and dinners.

Auction items include a farm-to-table catered dinner for 12 in a secluded pocket of Dunwoody Park, where the nature center has its home, Salem said, and a wooden bowl sculpted by nature center board member David Dalrymple.

“This event will be a shopper’s paradise,” she said.

It will help sustain the Roberts Drive resource, where annually 10,000 visitors hike, picnic, and go to camp, classes and concerts.

“Last year’s event helped to raise over $30,000 for the nature center,” Salem said.

Proceeds benefit the nature center’s free and discounted events plus improvements to the grounds and facilities.

“We use it throughout the year for environmental education and to maintain the property we have in Dunwoody Park,” said Adams, who helped found the nature center in 1992.

This year’s financial goal is $40,000, she said, and the attendance goal is 200, up from last year’s 150.

Attendees may or may not include the event’s namesakes.

“I don’t know if it will come through. We have not had it before at this event,” she said about a monarch butterfly release. “We have had it at our Butterfly Festival in August, but not at our event.”

Nevertheless, social butterflies can still enjoy the signature margarita bar and other amenities.

“It’s always a fun event,” Adams said. “The food will be delicious. We’ll have a Birds of Prey show and we’ve got some really great auction items.”

If you go:
When: April 27, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.:
Where: South Terraces Atrium, 115 Perimeter Center Place, Dunwoody:
Cost: $100 per ticket:
Information: www.monarchsandmargaritas.org
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