HAWKE Inc. (Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education), a 501c(3) non-profit rehabilitation and educational organization, is holding its 25th 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 and also has 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. HAWKE’s goal is to release animals back to the wild, giving them a second chance at life, according to Melanie Stage, President.
The public is invited to this ticketed event which includes a 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 pork as well as barbecued chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, tea and dessert. Other meals include vegetarian options from Gypsy Cab and salads from The Black Molly Grill. Beer and wine is available from the snack bar.
Tickets for meals with barbecue are $45, ages 12 and up; $30, ages 5 – 11. Vegetarian meals are available for $35, ages 12 and up; $20 for ages 5 – 11. Meal sharing is free for children age 4 and under. Advance discounted tickets will be sold beginning April 10 at: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Gift Shop; Music Matters; and St. Johns Vet Clinic Pet Store. Online tickets can be purchased at www.hawkewildlife.org.
Call 904-692-1777 for more information.