“Nature’s Stellar Night Out,” a benefit party for the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (LENSC), drew 300 guests to the center for an evening of fun and nature appreciation.
Partygoers were given the opportunity to view the night sky through the center’s telescopes, engage in science experiments and meet the center’s animal ambassadors. A buffet dinner was served by Italian Creations and locally brewed beer was provided by Sibling Revelry Brewery. Live music was played by the band Jump the Gun.

LENSC Executive Director Catherine Timko noted that every aspect of the event focused on the center’s mission of nature and science education for children. Proceeds from “Nature’s Stellar Night Out” will help the center to continue to provide free admission seven days a week, hands-on educational programming, a public access planetarium and wildlife rehabilitation services at no charge.
The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, started over 70 years ago in Bay Village, serves more than 166,000 people each year, including more than 14,000 students from schools all across NE Ohio and more than 4,500 Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts annually. The non-profit center is located in the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks but operates independently of the Metroparks. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

Mary, Robert and Todd Amsdell

Danielle Cammuso, Shawn Walker and Jill Bretton

Katie Colacarro with Phil and Margy Callesen

Bill and Jill Hensel, Kristin French, Nicole and John Cavalier, and Melissa and Drew Jackson

David Manilla, Marcie Massey, Patricia McRoberts and Catherine Timko