Press Release

Lost Oasis 2012: 20 Years of Roar Raises more than $200,000
for Children’s Education with Night of Fun, Flair and Fundraising

ATLANTA—Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Artemis Guild of Young Professionals celebrated the annual Lost Oasis benefit on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The theme of the night was 20 Years of Roar, in honor of Fernbank’s 20th Anniversary. The 1920s-inspired party raised more than $200,000 for children’s education at the Museum.

Nearly 400 guests attended the event, with many of them dressed in zoot suits, flapper dresses, feathered boas and other ‘20s-inspired attire, while sipping cocktails with a vintage flair. The night also included a live band, dancing flappers and delicious cuisine provided by A Divine Event. The silent auction and a prize drawing also helped boost proceeds by $27,000.

The speakeasy atmosphere of Lost Oasis 2012 provided guests with a chance to dance, take flapper lessons, dine and celebrate the success of Fernbank over the last 20 years. The giant dinosaurs overhead reminded those in attendance that the last two decades have seen Fernbank grow and expand. However, the night was not only a toast to the past, but a celebration of what the next 20 “roaring” years will bring.

The honorable guests of Lost Oasis 2012: 20 Years of Roar were Cara Isdell Lee and Zak Lee. Cara’s parents are founding members of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Now a mother herself, Cara and her family continue to generously support the Museum. Cara and Zak, along with many other proud Fernbank supporters, attended Lost Oasis to celebrate their dedication to Fernbank and its children’s programs. Other special guests included Cara’s father, Neville Isdell, as well as Erroll Davis, Jr., members of the Board Directors for General Motors, which supported the cause with a generous donation to help Fernbank Museum provide children and youth formative learning experiences in science. 

The Artemis chairs for Lost Oasis 2012 are Ellie and Josh Morris and Adrian Smith. The Artemis Guild members worked with Fernbank to plan 20 Years of Roar, which proved to be the most successful Lost Oasis in the history of the event. The annual fundraiser gives members of the Artemis Guild the opportunity to come together to raise money for children’s education at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Lost Oasis has raised more than $1 million since it began in 1994.

Sponsor support for Lost Oasis 2012 includes:Presenting Sponsor, the Isdell Family Foundation,Platinum Sponsor, the Coca-Cola Company,Gold Sponsor, Crawford & Company,Silver Sponsors, May P. & Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust, AT&T, Cartoon Network, Novelis,Studebaker Society Members, Alston  & Bird. Ernst & Young, LLP, Donald & Marilyn Keough Foundation, Turner Foundation, Inc., Joan N. Whitcomb, Mrs. Kara Worthington and Mr. Nik Panagopoulos, Yates Insurance Agency andIn-Kind Sponsors, Atlanta Magazine, A Divine Event, Carole Parks Catering and New London Communications.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta and features a variety of programs, including exhibitions, IMAX® films, family activity days, live animal encounters, Martinis & IMAX® nights, and many other offerings for children, adults and families. Those interested in joining the Artemis guild can email for more information.