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Piedmont Wildlife Center Holds 12th Annual Auction

Next Saturday, the Durham Armory is the place to be for a the 12th annual auction benefiting the Piedmont Wildlife Center.

“What we’re really trying to do is get people to get outside and get into nature, get some sunlight, and get some fresh air,” said Gail Abrams, executive director of the Piedmont Wildlife Center, describing its mission in a recent discussion with WCHL.

The center is holding its annual Celebrate Wildlife Gala & Auction at the Durham Armory in Downtown Durham, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.

In addition to connecting people with nature and wildlife, the PWC at 364 Leigh Farm Rd. in Durham educates the public about conservation issues, and how we can all do a better job of protecting wildlife.

“Our primary programs are kids’ camps that we do year-round – weeklong camps, sometimes one or two day camps on holidays,” said Abrams. “We also have adult programs on the weekends.

“We do birthday parties. We go out to schools, and do school programs and assemblies. We have afterschool programs.”

Next Saturday’s benefit event at the Durham Armory will be emcee’d by WCHL’s own Aaron Keck, with music from Rootzie.

“We’ll have live animals that will be there as part of our Wildlife Ambassadors,” said Abrams. “We have a silent auction with about 200 items available; and a live auction with about 10 really wonderful, great things to bid on.

“We’ve got a cash bar with a bunch of homebrewed local beer that will be there, and provided by a couple of our volunteers.”

Items in the live auction include Disney World tickets, an autographed Carolina Hurricanes hockey stick, and four days including three nights on Figure Eight Island, just north of Wrightsville Beach.

There are hundreds of items in the silent auction, which is underway. The first bidder on any of those items is automatically entered into a drawing for a 64-gigabyte iPad mini 3.

Tickets for the four-hour event are $50, and are available here.

Piedmont Wildlife Holds Fundraising Gala Event

CHAPEL HILL – Piedmont Wildlife Center is “celebrating wildlife” at a fundraising gala on November 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Durham Armory.

The Celebrate Wildlife gala event will have plenty to offer patrons with a silent auction, food, desserts, craft beers and wine, along with some wildlife ambassadors–including hawks and owls.  Piedmont’s Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Karen McCall, says some of the wildlife ambassadors there will be hawks and owls.

“Those are birds that we use in our education programs,” says Karen McCall, Piedmont’s education and volunteer coordinator. “They’ve been found and brought to rehabilitate, but because of injury or illness could not be released–and so they are ambassadors for their species.”

“Celebrate Wildlife” is Piedmont Wildlife Center’s big fundraiser for the year.  McCall says the money raised from this event will help benefit some of their afterschool and summer programs.

“The money we raise provides scholarships for kids to attend…those programs, for us to even bring a program to a school,” she says.

A silent auction at the event will offer a wide variety of options for patrons to bid on–including a vacation to Emerald Isle, kayaking, and an aquarium visit.

“One of the really neat items we have this year is a hot air balloon ride,” McCall says. “For two or four people, you can choose from 200 locations around the country.”

Tickets are available for the event online or over the phone.

WCHL’s own Aaron Keck will Emcee the event.

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