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Fernbank Museum Hosts Annual Gala,
A Timeless Affair 2016: Fernbank Forest Fête on October 1

ATLANTA, August 25, 2016 – Fernbank Museum of Natural History ­­­­­­­will host its annual black-tie fundraising gala, A Timeless Affair 2016: Fernbank Forest Fête, on Saturday, October 1 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The magical evening celebrating nature will honor David Abney, Chairman and CEO of UPS, and his wife, Sherry. This year’s gala will commemorate Fernbank’s return to its roots with the opening of the outdoor experiences of WildWoods and reflect upon the majestic beauty of Fernbank Forest.

Event chairs, Kerry and Bailey Izard along with Kate and Jim Denny are planning an elegant evening to celebrate the debut of Fernbank’s expanded offerings in the great outdoors, including the new WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. The gala will feature a sunset cocktail hour, seated dinner, and silent and live auctions.

With the magic touch of Tony Brewer & Company, Fernbank’s Great Hall will transform into a forest fantasy for the seated dinner, with delicious cuisine presented by Legendary Events. Playing music spanning genres and decades, the Atlanta Beat band will have visitors dancing the night away. Patrons will have the chance to win luxury items, one-of-a-kind experiences and fabulous trips in the silent and live auctions.

“As children, my siblings and I had the good fortune of an adventurous, spirited mother whose passion for the natural world was inspiring. My earliest memories, dating back to the late 60s—long before Fernbank Museum was even a dream – include afternoons at my mother’s side in Fernbank Forest, where she delighted in volunteer work. Her enthusiasm, engagement and advocacy for the natural world were formative for my brother, sister and me, and, if I had to guess, many others,” recalls event chair Bailey Izard.

In 1939, Fernbank was founded as a nonprofit to preserve Fernbank Forest, and 1992 included the opening of Fernbank Museum of Natural History as a realization of the dream to include a “school in the woods” for nature studies. A Timeless Affair 2016: Fernbank Forest Fête highlights Fernbank’s preservation efforts, as well as the natural beauty of this rare ecosystem and its inhabitants. 
Fernbank Forest is an oasis of woodlands that features a living laboratory filled with towering trees, freshwater streams, wetlands, and more than 200 animal species, including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. For the past several years, Fernbank has led a major restoration effort to restore the ecological balance of Fernbank Forest, which has been overcome with nonnative, invasive plant species. Today, as restoration continues the majority of trees are free of English Ivy, the forest floor is once again blossoming with native plants and blooms, and the vistas are a stunning example of what a Piedmont forest should offer.

A Timeless Affair helps further Fernbank Museum’s mission to educate and inspire all ages through world-class cultural and scientific programming.

“Jim and I are thrilled to partner with the Abneys and Izards to raise funds for Fernbank Museum and its science programs,” said event chair Kate Denny. “Our family treasures Fernbank and the unique learning opportunities it offers our community.”

The United Parcel Service is the signature sponsor of A Timeless Affair 2016: Fernbank Forest Fête. Additional members of the Planning Committee are: Nancy and Kenny Blank, Bessie and John Gregg, Burch and Mark Hanson, Rae and John O. Knox, Allison and Erwin Reid, Georgia and Diff Ritchie, Caryl and Kendrick Smith, Naomi and Scott Smith, Claudia and Carl Stimmel, Tracey and Chip Thompson, and Caroline and Jeff Tucker.

Tickets are available for $500 each. More information is available at or through the following link. For tickets, please contact Shafali Akhtar at 404.929.6371 or

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Directions and other visitor information can be found at