Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are brand new to Blandford’s gala or a long-time attendee, there are some things you may want to know.

Attire

This is pretty simple. The dress code is Jeans & Jewels. Be comfortable – we’re a nature center! If you are coming straight from work, be sure to remove your tie before anyone sees it. We strongly suggest shoes that are able to be worn comfortably on grass or wood-chipped areas.

Menu

A delicious buffet featuring many locally sourced, farm fresh foods will be provided by Vault Catering. Come hungry!

TBA – please check back for the updated menu.

Parking

Complimentary valet parking will be available at the event. As you pull into the main campus lot at the end of the long Blandford driveway, a volunteer will offer you a choice: self-park or valet park. If you decide to valet, an Ellis Parking representative will serve you. Otherwise, the volunteer will direct you to a parking spot. Self-parking will be limited. After the lot is full, all guests will be asked to valet.

Check-In

When you arrive at the main campus, please go immediately to the Check-in Station to receive your name tag, bid paddle, and table assignments – and THEN you can proceed to have fun while getting a drink at the bar, bidding on the silent auction packages, and trying your luck at the Wine Pull! With the site change, all the social hour activities will now be taking place inside the Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center.

Program

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm | Social Hour with Wine Pull, Silent Auction, and “Diamond in the Rough” project
7:00 pm | Welcome
7:05 pm | Dinner provided by Vault Catering
7:35 pm to 9:00 pm | Program – Vision from CEO Jason Meyer, Live Auction,  and “Fund the Need” Auction

Bidding

We will have an amazing line-up of silent and live auction items just waiting to go home with the highest bidder! Don’t walk away from the event regretting that you missed out on some of the great opportunities that we’ll present to you.  Closer to the event, an auction catalog will be posted so can you can learn what will be offered.

Use your bid number at each station to make purchases throughout the evening.

Check-Out

If you win an auction item, get a bottle of wine, or make a 100% tax-deductible donation during our Fund the Need auction, you will need to go to Check-Out at the end of the evening to pay for your purchases with check, cash or credit card. All tangible items will be given to you at this point.

Weather

We have had the good fortune of great weather over the past 6 years of Jeans & Jewels, but we all know that Michigan weather can change quickly. Please be prepared with sweaters, jackets, and umbrellas if the forecast changes. We will host the event rain or shine!

If severe weather is forecasted for the day of the event, Blandford reserves the right to cancel the Gala. Safety of guests, staff and volunteers is our primary concern. Refunds will not be offered. If you have questions about this policy, contact us at: jason@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

If we need to keep mosquitoes at bay, we will have a bug spray station available for anyone that would like to use it.

Why Should I Attend?

When you attend Blandford Nature Center’s Jeans & Jewels Gala, you are helping to foster a new generation of environmentalists and naturalists. The funds raised at the event will go to Blandford’s outdoor environmental education, wildlife, land stewardship and farming programs. Your support helps us further our mission to engage and empower the community through enriching experiences in nature.

Thank You for Your Support!

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