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Letter: 'Wander the Wild' had many helpers

EDITOR:

We would like to thank all those who made the fourth annual "Wander the Wild" Dinner and Auction a huge success. The event benefited the science education programs of the Highlands Center for Natural History and took place on Sept. 30 at Talking Rock Ranch. Over 205 guests enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon with fine food and drink while supporting a great cause through a spirited live auction. This was our most successful year ever with all proceeds going to underwrite the cost of our school field trip programs and provide scholarship assistance to lower income schools and youth.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to all who contributed to make the event a big hit. Our talented and dedicated planning committee included, Betsy Miller and Lesley Alward (Committee Co-Chairs), Loretta Bresof, Cathy Cunningham, Carole Danhires, Anita Fleming, Brenda Howard, Mary Ann Mira, Annie Papineau, Sylvia Brown, Sue Johnson, April Sysak, Leigh Haley, Ann Haver-Allen, Meg Hendrick and Don and Annette Schiller. Our Presenting Sponsor was The Foothill Bank. Sustaining Sponsors included Taylor & Padgett Wealth & Legacy Strategies and The Hike Shack. Contributing Sponsors were Fann Contracting, Lesley Alward Reality Executives and New Frontiers Natural Market Place. Other Sponsors included APS, Anita Fleming Keller Williams, Haley Construction, Fred & Bonnie Forte, and Prescott Springhill Suites. We encourage you to support these local merchants that make so much possible here in the Prescott area. In kind contributions were received from Page Springs Cellars, Painted Lady Vineyards, Manzanita Outdoor, and Prescott Valley Home Depot. Over 50 individuals and businesses contributed auction items related to experiencing and appreciating the outdoors. The staff at Talking Rock did an outstanding job hosting and catering the event. On behalf of all the children that will benefit from wonder-filled outdoor science programs at the Center, thank you for your generosity!

Dave Irvine

Executive Director

Highlands Center for Natural History