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 A Dunes Affair Annual Fundraising Gala

Friday, September 20, 6pm

Silent and Live Auctions | Live Music | Wine, Beer, and Dinner by the Bite

Proceeds help students from diverse communities and backgrounds

discover the wonder and science of nature in a National Park

You can make a difference! Buy your tickets today.

Thank you to our Signature Sponsors:

Audio Visual Sponsor: 1st Source Bank

Dessert Sponsor: NIPSCO

Invitation Sponsor: Indiana American Water Co.

Music Sponsor: Indiana University Northwest

Specialty Drink Sponsor: Journeyman Distillery

Thank you to our Table Sponsors:

Monica Conrad, Lewis Kappes

Purdue University Northwest

Sophia Stratton & Rick Novak

Thorgren Tool & Molding

Thank you to 2019 Corporate Sponsors:

ArcelorMittal, BP AMerica, Enbridge, Franklin Pest Solutions, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Lakeshore Public Media,

Mihalo Family Dentistry, NIPSCO, Pratt Industries, Wickcraft Boardwalks


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This year, the Green Apple Award will be presented to science educator and Hoosier historian Ken Schoon. A founding board member of Dunes Learning Center and Indiana University Northwest professor emeritus, Ken has long been an advocate for environmental education in the Dunes.

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About the Invitation Artwork

Local artist Mark Vander Vinne’s latest painting is featured on the invitation for A Dunes Affair. Titled “Before the Sun Goes Down,” this beautiful piece captures the beauty of the Indiana Dunes at sunset. The reflective light on the water, the wonderful patterns of clouds in the sky, and the reaching dune grass all give a peaceful essence to the scene.

Valued at more than $1150, this beautiful original oil painting on linen is framed to 18”x22” and will be part of the live auction. Join us at A Dunes Affair to place your bid and take it home!

Check out Mark’s other work: https://vandervinnestudio.com/


Silent and Live Auction Preview

Bonfire at Dunes Learning Center

Bonfire at Dunes Learning Center

New Light, New Life print

New Light, New Life print

Wine Basket

Wine Basket

Commissioned Watercolor Painting by Janis Boldenow

Commissioned Watercolor Painting by Janis Boldenow

Kayak Trip in the Apostle Islands

Kayak Trip in the Apostle Islands

Frog Mosaic Tshirt

Frog Mosaic Tshirt

CHellberg Farm Breakfast Basket

CHellberg Farm Breakfast Basket