Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re a first time or returning attendee, there are some things you 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 locally-sourced, farm fresh foods provided by Vault Catering & Events.

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, 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!

Program

6:00pm – 6:45pm | Check-in & Social Hour
7:00pm | Welcome
7:05pm | Dinner
7:35pm | Program

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 few years 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.

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