Press Release

Fernbank Museum’s 20th Anniversary Celebrated at
Annual Lost Oasis Summer Benefit Party
with a Roaring ‘20s Theme

Fernbank Museum’s Artemis guild of young professionals will host the annual summer fundraising party Lost Oasis at the Museum on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 8 p.m. In celebration of Fernbank’s 20th Anniversary, the event will feature a Roaring ‘20s theme complete with live music, dancing flappers, specialty cocktails, incredible food and more.

Lost Oasis 2012: 20 Years of Roar will honor Cara Isdell Lee and Zak Lee, who have been passionate about Fernbank’s educational mission and vision to positively shape the lives of young people for many years. Cara first visited with her parents on Fernbank’s opening day in 1992 and has continued to celebrate the impact the Museum has had on the Atlanta community. Cara and Zak, now parents themselves, now enjoy bringing their own son to the Museum. Dedicated to the environment, human culture and science education, Cara also serves as a member of Fernbank’s Board of Trustees.

“My parents are founding members and as a young girl I accompanied them for Fernbank Museum’s opening day festivities.  Today, my son is as captivated as I was two decades ago,” Cara Isdell Lee said. “We visit frequently and love Fernbank Forest and all of the wonderful exhibitions, films and children’s programs that are a window to our world. Fernbank is everything we as a family believe in, which is why we want to support the Museum and build its future.”

Lost Oasis will feature a speakeasy atmosphere with ‘20s cocktail attire, a live band, flappers, absinthe cocktails, Old Fashioneds, delicious cuisine, a silent auction and a prize drawing. The energetic young professionals of Fernbank’s Artemis Guild care about the cultural vitality of Metro Atlanta and help raise funds for Fernbank Children’s and Youth Education through the annual Lost Oasis party.

Chairs Ellie and Josh Morris and Adrian Smith invite partygoers to celebrate the cultural vigor and glamour of the Roaring ‘20s in tribute to Fernbank’s 20th Anniversary.

Individual tickets are $100 per person and patron levels begin at $300 per couple. Discounted individual tickets are available at $75 per person until April 1. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 404.929.6404.

In addition to the Isdell family, other individuals and organizations are also helping advance children’s education at Fernbank. The General Motors Foundation recently announced a generous educational grant that allows Fernbank Museum to provide children with formative-learning experiences in science. The Coca-Cola Company, The Cartoon Network, The May and Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust and Novelis are also providing generous support.