Liberty Wildlife held its 18th annual Wishes for Wildlife benefit event on April 30 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. More than 370 people attended in order to show their support for Liberty’s rehabilitation, education and conservation efforts.
Beginning at 6 p.m., attendees were greeted upon arrival by Liberty’s wildlife ambassadors in the Fairmont Scottsdale’s exquisite outdoor setting, complete with brilliant fountains. Guests first enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while browsing the silent auction and trying their luck at the raffle. A seated dinner commenced at 8 p.m., followed by a presentation of Liberty’s incredible education group and other programmed presentations.
At a quarter after 9, in what was sure to be one of the evening’s most memorable moments, honorary corporate chairs Lyle and Missy Anderson and co-benefit chairs Sue Glawe and Phoebe Glawe released a rehabilitated barn owl on its “moonlit flight.”
The evening concluded with a live auction and a final presentation. A few of the amazing prizes and packages auctioned off during the course of the evening included a one-week autumn stay at the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont (value $2,800) plus $1,000 in U.S. Airways gift cards to cover travel expenses; a one-week stay in a Mexican villa overlooking the Sea of Cortez in Puerto Penasco, Mexico (value $7,000); a four-night stay on a luxe 75-foot houseboat on Lake Powell (value $4,000); a limited-edition great horned owl bronze sculpture by artist Ken Rowe (value $3,800); and a wine country experience for four persons at Benovia Winery in Sonoma County, California (value $4,275).
Nearly 63,500 native species have been assisted by Liberty Wildlife in the past 30 years. The organization works to preserve Arizona’s native wildlife and provide unforgettable learning experiences for people of all ages across the state, today and for many generations to come.
For more information on the organization, visit libertywildlife.org.