Mark your Calendar!
Friday October 15
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WRI's special 25th anniversary Raptor Release will be held on Friday, October 15 at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Portola Valley. We will serve wine and hors d'oeuvres, and we plan to release a great horned owl at twilight. Please plan on joining us for this upscale and worthwhile event. Invitations to purchase tickets will be mailed this summer, or you may order tickets now by calling Pam Haunschild, Chair, Raptor Release Committee at (650) 321-5432 (home) or (650) 723-1527 (work). Your ticket purchase will help WRI acquire the food, medicine and supplies needed for our operations.
We very much need help with arrangements. If you can spare a little time and would like to be on the Raptor Release Committee, please call Pam Haunschild. We especially need help with publicity and arrangements (food, music, etc.).
Annual Donation Drawing Tickets on Sale in July
WRI's annual donation drawing will be held on Saturday, September 18. This year, the grand prize is a trip for two to Mexico. Other prizes include two nights for two people at the beautiful Lodge at Skylonda in Woodside, a weekend convertible rental from Budget, hang gliding lessons from Mission Soaring Center, day passes for two to Monterey Bay Aquarium or Disneyland, tickets to TheatreWorks, and lots of free dinners at our local restaurants. Tickets are $2 each and will arrive in your mailbox soon. If you don't receive tickets by mid-August, please call us.
We are also pleased that the Palo Alto Humane Society and Wildlife Rescue of Silicon Valley will participate in the drawing. WRI will provide these organizations with tickets to sell to their membership. They will conduct a mailing, and our organizations will share the proceeds from that mailing. Donations from WRI's members benefit WRI only.
Thanks to Everyone Who Makes a Difference!
Thanks to Sarah Scanlan for coordinating our Advanced Training Classes for volunteers, and to Barb Rosen for coordinating our Basic Training Classes. Thanks also to our volunteer wildlife rehabilitation teachers: Becky Duerr, Teri Furey, Juanita Heinemann, Martha Kudlacik, Terri Lambert, Casey Levitt, Linda Lloyd, Barb Rosen, Sarah Scanlan, Kappy Sprenger, Clare Stockwood, Kathy Tyson, and Elly van den Bosch.
Helping Hands of Los Altos and T-Girls of Mountain View both donated tons of items from our "Wish List," including paper towels, bleach, toilet paper, peanut butter and more. T-Girls also worked hard to make lots of baby bird nests from berry baskets and toilet paper. Thank you to these groups and their families for their generosity.
Marilyn and Nick Alafouzos, Kirsten and James Chan, Martha Kudlacik, Casey Levitt and Noel White helped move our duck aviary from Portola Valley to its new hoome in Atherton.
Thanks to Matt Crowley of Morrison & Foerster, who helped WRI prepare its new bylaws on a pro bono basis.
Great appreciation to Marilyn and Phil Scowcroft, who assembled our new mammal table, built new aviary doors, painted and did tons of other general maintenance work in the shelter.
Annual Recognition Party Schedules
The 25th Anniversary Volunteer Recognition Party is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 18. This is an opportunity for all Wildlife Rescue volunteers, past and present, to get together and celebrate the tremendous work we've accomplished the past quarter-century through the tireless efforts of our wonderful volunteers. We are still working on the details-if you would like to help with the planning to make this a special and memorable event, please contact us at (650) 494-7417.
A Belated Thank you to Peet's Coffee and Tea
This past Christmas Eve, something wonderful happened in Palo Alto. Following a decade-old tradition, the employees of Peet's Coffee & Tea in Town & Country Village offered their brewed coffee for free and donated all their tips that winter eve to the charity of their choice-Wildlife Rescue!
Peet's matched the amount donated, and the total came to more than $1,200. It was an unexpected and wonderful surprise to receive that check in the mail. On behalf of the volunteers, staff, and Board of Directors of WRI, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Peet's-especially the employees of Peet's-for their generosity and community spirit.