THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY THE ORGANIZER!
HAWKE Inc. (Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education), a 501c(3) non-profit rehabilitation and educational organization, is holding its 26th annual “Dine on the Wild Side” fundraiser benefit on Saturday, May 9, from 5 – 9 pm at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
There are no state or federal funds for wildlife rehabilitation. HAWKE, which was founded in 1987, cares for owls, hawks and other birds along with reptiles, otters and bobcats. HAWKE has a professional feed room, an ICU and a hospital room which are hurricane-proofed with generators providing power during storms. They have special facilities for difficult and endangered species with trained professionals to care for them. Species such as eagles, falcons, bobcats and river otters need 24 hour care and HAWKE is one of very few facilities available to care for them. St. Johns Veterinary Clinic donates their services to treat the wildlife that is housed in the shelter. HAWKE is one of very few facilities available to care for bald eagles, peregrine falcons and others who may need intensive care and specialized cages. HAWKE’s goal is to release animals back to the wild, giving them a second chance at life, according to Melanie Stage, President. The E in HAWKE stands for education. HAWKE has special educational programs for children of all ages and on special occasions presents shows which include live birds of prey.
The public is invited to this ticketed event which includes dinner, live music and exclusive use of the entire park from 5 – 9 pm. The event includes a guided boardwalk tour of the bird rookery where thousands of nesting, wading birds, herons, egrets, endangered wood storks and roseate spoonbills can be viewed along with their young. You can also visit the new exhibit, “Oasis of the Nile”.
Back by popular demand is Jerry Stalvey’s barbecued chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, tea and dessert. Other meals include vegetarian options from Gypsy Cab and salads from The Black Molly Grill. Iced tea is included. Beer and wine is available from the Alligator Farm snack bar. Music will be provided by Driftwood.
Tickets for meals with barbecue are $50 for ages 12 and up; $30, ages 5 – 11. Vegetarian meals are available for $50 for ages 12 and up; $30 for ages 5 – 11. Meal sharing is free for children age 4 and under. Advance discounted tickets will be sold beginning April 9 at: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Gift Shop; Music Matters; and St. Johns Vet Clinic Pet Store. Online tickets can be purchased at Event Brite.
Tickets must be purchased BEFORE May 7. Tickets for the event only, not including the dinner are $25. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $60 in cash.
Call 904-692-1777 for more information. Check the website: hawkewildlife.org or contact email@example.com