Fundraising Gala to Aid Nature Center

Sacramento Region, CA  |  Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
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A live auction of work by VIP and award-winning art is a highlight of the al-fresco event.

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A bald eagle mother and her baby eaglet in the Sacramento Region.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Now in its ninth year operating as a non-profit, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center is preparing for its Spring Gala and Auction fundraiser with new patronage. As honorary chair, Ed Goldman follows such luminaries as Magazine publisher Cecily Hastings, Marcy Friedman, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, the late Russ Solomon and Greg Kondos.

Administered by the American River Natural History Association, the facility and its preserve welcome almost 100,000 visitors per year. “The Center has a history in this community” notes retired Effie Yeaw executive Betty Cooper. “Caring supporters keep us open and available for future generations.” A portion of funds raised on June 8 will provide free nature enrichment programs for schools that could not otherwise afford them.

The Sacramento Fine Arts Center is a vital art show partner supporting the fundraiser with work by artists from all over the Sacramento region. Jurists are sculptor Gary Dinnen and KVIE auction curator D Neath.

Celebrity artists contributing this year include Pat Mahony, David Peterson, Gregory Kondos, Maria Winkler and Paula Bellacera. Keith McLane of KLM Auctions will wield the auction gavel and KCRA’s Eileen Javora will emcee.

Silent and live auctions will offer other award-winning work. Travel and other lifestyle experience will also be up for bids. From May 14, the art can be viewed in an “Art Where the Wild Things Are” exhibition at the Fine Arts Center (Gibbons Drive), Carmichael. The exhibition will include photographic entries.

A sunset supper and beverages are part of the $100 per person admission for the June 8 gala.

Art Where Wild Things Are runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park. Valet parking is free. Table sponsors are welcome. For information on the event, visit

To learn about the Sacramento Fine Arts exhibition, visit