Night in the Woods 2016 Gala & Auction


Saturday, November 5, 2016
6:30-10:30 pm

Levin Jewish Community Center
1937 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham, NC 27705


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Congratulations to our Environmental Leadership Award Winners!

Youth Award: Micah Segal-Miller, Chapel Hill High School

The winner of our Youth Environmental Leadership Award is Micah Segal-Miller. Micah is currently a student at Chapel Hill High School. He has been a CIT (or counselor in training) at PWC for the last 4 years and has a special way of connecting with children in camp, so that even the most nervous children feel comfortable. Micah has grown tremendously in the last 4 years and has shown initiative in taking on larger roles as a CIT. This includes developing a training handbook, mentoring other CITS (which includes teaching them all about nature), coordinating CIT meetings, and assisting in the coordination of a Teen Leadership Camp. Micah has also applied to go to Duke University in hopes of pursuing a career in the environmental field. Micah’s positive attitude and the leadership skills he has shown at his age, are part of the reason why he is receiving the award for Youth Environmental Leadership Award!

Adult Award: Brian Bockhahn, Interpretation & Education Specialist with NC State Parks

Brian is a former state park ranger, and is now an interpretation and education specialist with the NC State Parks.
He is invested in educating the public about our environment and also has amazing knowledge of our local fauna. He has participated in BioBlitzes across the state, including the past two BioBlitzes at PWC where he discovered new insect species to NC and to the US! He is the leader of the raptor migration count at Hanging Rock State Park and Pilot Mountain. He tags monarch butterflies to determine population estimates, and is one of the few people in the state who knows practically everything about moths! He frequently volunteers his time to help educate the public and to conserve our native wildlife.
For these reasons, and many more (like that he is the only person to complete all of the trails in NC State Parks, for a total of 618.6 miles) he is the winner of our Adult Environmental Leadership Award!

Business Award: Fullsteam Brewery

Since 2010, sustainability has been at the core of Fullsteam Brewery’s mission. If you know much about beer, it’s not the most eco-friendly business. A lot of energy, water, and resources go into a pint of beer; however, Fullsteam has attempted to make it more sustainable. They are part of Duke Energy’s Small Business Energy saver program which installed LED lights throughout their building. They have worked with waste reduction partners and now offer compostable cups and compost bins, but also re-use these cups whenever possible. They recycle everything they can, including mylar bags used to store hops. They understand the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra and focus on the top priority, which is reduction.
They consistently support environmental organizations around the Triangle, including PWC. Most recently, they held a “Sustainable Sunday,” which celebrated Don’t Waste Durham and encouraged food trucks to obtain sustainability certification.
For these reasons and more, Fullsteam Brewery is awarded with the Business Environmental Leadership Award! Owner, Sean Lilly-Wilson, is accepting this award.



Waking April

waking-april2“Waking April’s self-titled EP embodied all that they are as musicians. The melodic hooks and innovative harmonizations embodied who they are as musicians and the direction they want to head with their music. I recommend any indie/rock fans pick up this EP and expect great things in the future for this dynamic duo.” Review by Kelly McNeil and Carter Allison

Waking April has existed through many lineup changes and genre changes. Musical and romantic couple Bethany McGeHee and Alex McKee began playing music together years before they decided to form the band. Now taking on an indie-pop sound, their songs still remain as catchy, meaningful, and powerful as they ever have been.

They have recently welcomed third member Joy Perniciaro into the fold. Together, the trio has developed a harmonically dense and simultaneously intimate sound. Their songs remain dynamic and complex as the trio grows in confidence and popularity.

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Twitter: @wakingapril


Mebanesville–the best in roots, rhythm and world music from the roads we travel–all that flows, all that waits, all that’s bound up or escapes, including Roots Rhythm Jigs Jive Rock Pop Polk Jazz Trad True Blue Brown Black Green White and Read-all-over!

Mebanesville began in the spring of 2000 as a close network of longtime neighbors and friends playing an informal Friday evening music session at a coffee bar in Mebane, NC. Soon people were inviting the musicians to play for private parties and special events. The players took the name Mebanesville – Mebane’s name in the 18th and 19th centuries–to reflect their love of living locally but exploring music globally. Mebanesville’s violin, accordion, pennywhistle, recorder, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, voice and percussion weave an emotional tapestry that evokes private memories and timeless states of mind proven to lift your attitude and move your feet.

The artistic passions and creative vision of the charter Mebanaires–Jamey Tippens, Larry Vellani, Nettie Lassiter, Peggy Boswell, Sarah Rubin and Sherry White Lea–mapped the original Mebanaire musical landscape; succeeding players and personalities have continued to enrich and diversify the journey and the audience experience.

Meboriginal, Larry Vellani, has performed with some of the recent generations’ most respected interpreters of social and narrative song, including Guy and Candy Carawan, Barbara Dane, Fran McKendree, Mimi Fariña, Ronnie Gilbert, Beverly Grant, Si Kahn, Michela Musolino, Holly Near, Bruce Phillips and Baldemar Velasquez. He also has performed with some of the Southeast’s most renowned traditional musicians, including Lonny Austin, Marvin Gaster, Tommy Jarrell, Lauchlin Shaw, Paul Taylor and Joe Thompson.

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Meet This Year’s Auctioneer:   Mike Merriman

Mike MerriamMike is a successful and dynamic business executive, author, keynote speaker, and the CEO of Evolving Enterprise Advisors, where he is committed to the mission of inspiring human systems to their highest and best form through the use of Appreciative Inquiry, encouraging the development of for-purpose and socially conscious individuals, businesses, and organizations.

For individuals who desire more from life, Mike has developed the Six Fundamental Questions to Ignite Your Personal Evolution, along with the daily AVID practice to sustain the growth and change.

On the organization side, Mike facilitates whole-system, strengths-based, rapid change, through the use of Appreciative Inquiry summits and consulting. He’s partnered with the leading facilitators of this method, with clients that include The United Nations, The U.S. Department of the Navy, Clark, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Fairmont Minerals, Fathom Digital Marketing, Fortec Medical, The Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Initiative, and many more. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan referred to Appreciative Inquiry as “the best large-group planning methodology in the world today.”

He recently authored his first book, Closer Than You Think – Six Fundamental Questions to Ignite Your Personal Evolution, and is most interested in helping people and organizations discover and implement their Values, Strengths, and Priorities, which he calls, their “Positive Core.”

Take a Selfie with our Wildlife Ambassadors:

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Be the first bidder on an item and you could win an iPad Mini 4 WiFi 16GB!

Bidding is OPEN and culminates at the event on November 5th.  You can still bid online during the event even if you can’t make it to the event!  Winning bidders will need to pick their items up at our office in Durham.  To bid with or without attending the event, just register on our Online Auction Website and start bidding!


Sampling of Live Auction Items:

disney & bluegreen

4 Day Hopper Passes to Disney World

A week stay in a Tuscan Villa

A week stay in a Tuscan Villa

4-day stay oceanfront on Figure 8 Island

4-day stay oceanfront on Figure 8 Island

Sampling of Silent Auction Items: 

Baskets full of goodies like this one from Burt's Bees

Baskets full of goodies like this one from Burt’s Bees

colemen tent

Outdoor items like this Coleman Sundome 3-person tent

Restaurant certificates like this $100 one from Angus Barn

Things for animals like this hand-crafted bird feeder

Things for animals like this hand-crafted bird feeder

Unique Opportunities like this behind the scenes tour of the Carolina Raptor Center hospital!

Unique Opportunities like this behind the scenes tour of the Carolina Raptor Center hospital!

 Win an iPad Mini 4 WiFi 16GB Gold by bidding first on Silent Auction Items!

You must be at the live event to win this prize!

iPad Mini WiFi 16GB Silver

iPad Mini 4 WiFi 16GB Gold

Your name will be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini 4 WiFi 16GB Gold (List price $350!) every time you are the first bidder on one of our Silent Auction items.  The more items that you bid on first during the live event, the more chances you have to win!  All items with no bids will be tagged with a “no bids banner”.

Other Prizes You Can Win at the Gala:

Play “Night Owl” and Win an Amazon Fire HD8 tablet!

Legend-of-the-Owls-LED-Blinkies-100_3Purchase a “Night Owl” for $10 and enter a raffle to win an Amazon HD8 tablet! Night Owls are only available at the event on Saturday, November 5th. Buy three owls for $25. Only 50 owls are available for sale so the more you buy, the better chance you have of winning!


Kindle-Fire-HD-7Get all of the answers correct during our auction scavenger hunt and enter a drawing to win an Amazon Fire! No fee to play!

Mystic_Black_SingleBottle_smallDuring the Live Auction YOU could win an Amazon Fire or Bottle of Mystic Bourbon just for being there!


Eagle sponsors, $2,000:

Red Wolf Sponsors, $500

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Box Turtle Sponsors, $250:

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Food Sponsors:

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