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2:13 AM Thu, Oct. 18th

Letter: 'Wander the Wild' was a great success

EDITOR:

We would like to thank all those who made the fifth 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. 29 at Talking Rock Ranch. Over 230 guests enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon with fine food and drink while supporting a great cause. This was our most successful year ever with all proceeds going to underwrite the cost of our school field trip programs and provide scholarship lower-income schools. Given the fate of the recent school elections issues, this funding will be needed more than ever to keep these opportunities available to our children.

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, Lesley Alward (Committee Chair), Carol Annable, Loretta Bresof, Cathy Cunningham, Anita Fleming, Brenda Howard, Mary Ann Mira, Sylvia Brown, Leigh Haley, Terri Lee, Gwyneth Mies, Ann Haver-Allen, and Don and Annette Schiller. Our Presenting Sponsor was The James Family Trust. Sustaining Sponsors included Taylor and Padgett Wealth and Legacy Strategies, Lesley Alward Realty Executives and Olsen's Grain. Contributing Sponsors were Anita Fleming Nextage Realty, Fann Contracting, Tim's Auto Group, The Foothills Bank and New Frontiers Natural Market Place. Other sponsors included APS, Haley Construction, Jay's Bird Barn, Prescott Springhill Suites, and Nancy and David Maurer. In kind contributions were received from Page Springs Cellars, Painted Lady Vineyards, and Manzanita Outdoor. 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 who will benefit from wonder-filled outdoor science programs at the Center, thank you for your generosity!

Dave Irvine

Executive Director

Highlands Center for Natural Histor