Wild at Wingswood

Wild at Wingswood was a night to remember as an engaged audience of conservation-minded guests immersed themselves in the world of wild birds. A delicious meal complemented by an avian-themed signature drink and premium bar services combined to offer the “country cocktail” feel of an elegant Lowcountry affair.

The energy in the tent was palpable, especially during those memorable encounters with birds of prey. Guests enjoyed the sounds of David Archer‘s solo guitar while watching Cecilia Murray of the Cecil Byrne Gallery create a beautiful oil pastel of the Center’s resident Osprey.

Jim Elliott introduces Red-tailed Hawk 014 to the Wild at Wingswood audience

During an especially poignant moment, Jim Elliott introduced the audience to Red-tailed Hawk 014 (RTHA 014). A wonderful representative of our mission, RTHA 014 was the 14th patient in the Avian Medical Clinic and one of the first members of our education team. Over the past 26 years she has been an educational catalyst, helping us to better understand her species and the challenges that affect all birds of prey.

Throughout the evening, guests helped the Center raise critical funds for our mission. The silent and live auctions were centerpieces of activity, engaging guests in a flurry of bidding to support avian conservation. A special fund-the-need campaign secured gifts to replace our aging on-campus transport fleet.

Spirits were high all the way through to the end of the evening when our junior intern drew the winning raffle ticket announcing Mr. and Mrs. Philip Wolf the winners of a private raptor experience.

The talented Chris Smith of Chris and Cami Photography captured iconic memories throughout the evening which can be viewed below.

Wild at Wingswood was a success largely because of the support and participation of our guests and event sponsors. Thank you for being a part of our community and for sharing this incredible evening with us!

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