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The Out-of-Door Academy's Board of Trustees, cordially invite you to join us at the Banyan Ball, a Sapphire & Diamond Gala celebrating 95 years of Out-of-Door history on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Fox Field House on the beautiful Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. 




We have an exquisite evening planned for you as guests will enjoy gourmet cuisine, fabulous cocktails, dancing, a live auction, and a paddle raise. Proceeds from the Banyan Ball benefit the students, faculty, and programs that define the Out-of-Door experience. You will not want to miss celebrating Out-of-Door's 95th Anniversary. 

For questions about sponsorships and tickets, please contact Melanie Simmons at or 941-554-3405.

On behalf of Out-of-Door, we appreciate your philanthropic support and generosity.

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The online auction will be open from Friday, March 6 at 6:00 pm to Friday, March 13 at 10:59 pm.

There are many delightful items in the auction this year, including fabulous vacation getaways, family activities, delicious dining, day trips, jewelry, fashion, spa packages, "Only at ODA" items, and so much more. Items with our special "ODA's OWN" logo are items donated by a member of the ODA family. 

If you are interested in donating an item or package to the auction, please contact Melanie Simmons at

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The Out-of-Door Academy
For more information about the Banyan Ball, please contact Melanie Simmons


5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, FL, USA

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