This year's fundraiser is set to be the biggest yet and we look forward to seeing you there! Appetizers, drinks and live music are included! Follow our event on Facebook for all the latest news about items up for bid, vendors and entertainment. Plus, get a $5 discount on admission when you order pre-order your tickets. More details below.
Running a wildlife rehabilitation facility is expensive. Consider the cost of raising just one orphaned squirrel. An infant requires five feedings a day for several weeks before we can gradually start increasing the amount they eat, but reducing the number of times they eat. By the time we start weaning them off the formula they are eating up to 15 cc of formula two or three times a day. Then they begin eating solid foods like hazelnuts and other things they'd eat in the wild. They are typically released at about 12 weeks of age. If they came to us sick or injured, add in the cost of daily medications - pain relievers, antibiotics, anti-parasitics, and bandages, plus the cost of space to keep them all. It's not uncommon for us to have up to 50 orphaned squirrels at one time in addition to all the hundreds of rabbits, songbirds, raptors, bats and other animals we care for. We receive no government assistance or revenue other than what is donated by individuals like yourself.
Last year our operating budget was just over $100,000 and we admitted 1,250 animals. Every year we see more and more animals in need of help and our costs will only grow. With very few staff members we have little extra time to fundraise throughout the year, and the spring silent auction is our biggest event until Give to the Max in the fall. In between we will all be busy with the care of over 1,000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. This is our last chance before the busy season to get a solid financial head start so we can buy all the supplies we'll need, and hopefully not worry too much about how we'll afford it all.
This year's event is bringing a few changes. It's on a Friday night instead of Sunday because we wanted to give those who need to travel some time to get home (and all the Saturdays were taken). It's happening a little earlier than usual and is shorter too, so that people don't have to take too much time out of their busy schedules. We've got two great raffles, which you can read more about below and some exciting travel adventures to bid on. If you've been to our event before you'll find some things to be the same. We'll still have great food and beverage vendors like Bent Paddle, and Black River Revue will be providing the entertainment.
We can't wait to see everyone there, having a good time and supporting a cause all of us at Wildwoods believe in whole-heartedly. Thank you for your wonderful support!
Tickets are on sale now! Pre-order to skip the lines and save money. Only $25 now through the end of April 18 or $30 at the door.
New this year: Bid before the event!
New this year we'll be accepting online pre-bids on select items. This is a great option for those who want to participate and support Wildwoods but can't make it to the event on April 21st. Just go to http://www.biddingOwl.com/WildwoodsRehab, take a look at the items available and bid online from April 13 through 19. We'll let you know if you win, how to pay, and how to get your items.
Adam Swanson Raffle
Win a one-of-a-kind work of art
Local artist, Adam Swanson, will be creating a unique painting live at the event! Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be purchased the night of the event or at Wildwoods between now and April 20.
Adam's "work addresses the future, fragility of the human presence, perseverance of nature and underlying threads of danger that underpin societies. There is a deep relationship between art and science. The more we learn about our surroundings, where we came from and who we are, the more likely we will thrive in a universe of endless possibilities."
Raffle by mail
If you don't live near Duluth but still want to participate in the raffle you can mail your payment ($10 per ticket) and contact information to:
Attn: Adam Swanson Raffle
PO Box 3161
Duluth, MN 55803
If you win but can't pick up the painting, you will be responsible for any and all shipping & handling charges.
Must be 18 or older to purchase tickets or win and reside within the United States. Winner is responsible for all associated taxes, fees, shipping & handling costs, and for making arrangements for the transportation of the painting. Finished work will be approximately 32" x 24" and the topic is completely up to the artist. All sales are final, no refunds.