Press Release

Fernbank Offers a Wild Night of Fun at Lost Oasis 2013: Wild Safari,
Benefitting Children’s Programs at the Museum 

The Artemis Guild of young professionals at Fernbank Museum invites you to eat like a lion, laugh like a hyena, socialize like a butterfly and dance you tail off at Lost Oasis 2013: Wild Safari.

Lost Oasis, Fernbank’s annual fundraising party, will take place at Fernbank Museum on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 8 p.m. In celebration of the museum’s Extreme Mammals exhibition, the party will feature a “Wild Safari” theme complete with live music by the Atlanta Beat, exotic cocktails, incredible food and more than 400 young patrons in their wildest party animal attire that is sure to include tusks, tails, spots and stripes.

Lost Oasis 2013: Wild Safari honors Ryan Smith Dunlap and Sam Dunlap for their long-standing commitment to Fernbank Museum, which has included serving as Chairs of Fernbank’s major fundraising events, starting with Lost Oasis in 2008 and the formal gala, A Timeless Affair, in 2012. Additionally, Ryan Smith Dunlap serves as a member of Fernbank’s Board of Trustees alongside her aunt, Dorothy “Wawa” Smith Hines.

Kirsten Travers-Uyham & John Uyham and Reid & Kirk Willingham are serving as Chairs of Lost Oasis 2013: Wild Safari, helping raise funds to support children’s education at Fernbank Museum along with the energetic young professionals of Fernbank’s Artemis Guild. Proceeds from the event support a variety of programs at the museum, including family activity days, live animal encounters, activity carts and more.

“My great-great grandmother was one of the original founders of Fernbank, Inc., which was established to preserve the old growth-forest next to the museum; my grandfather chaired the fundraising campaign to build the museum over 20 years ago; and my aunt became a member of Fernbank’s Board of Trustees in 1998,” said Ryan Smith Dunlap. “Fernbank is a very important part of my family’s history, and our commitment becomes even more special when I see Fernbank through the eyes of my three young children.”

Tickets are all-inclusive and start at $100 per person, with patron levels starting at $300 per couple. Tickets can be purchased online at fernbankmuseum.org or by calling 404.929.6404.

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

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Support for Lost Oasis is provided by:

Gold Sponsor
Isdell Family Foundation

Silver Sponsors
AT&T
Cox Enterprises, Inc. 
Genuine Parts
Wawa and Richard Hines
Novelis 
Deidra and Taylor Smith