On December 1st, Procyon Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre held its inaugural fundraising Gala at the beautiful Best Western Plus in Orangeville, Ontario.
The results have now been tallied and we are thrilled to have raised $45,000, 100% of which will be used toward the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild animals back to their natural environment. Wildlife centres such as Procyon Wildlife do not receive government funding so fundraising events such as our gala are crucial for the centre to continue operating.
Guests were treated to a lovely cocktail hour, while they perused our silent and live auction tables. Hors d’oeuvres and the delicious dinner were catered by Gourmandissimo. Our emcee Carlo Coppola guided us throughout the evening.
Debra Spilar, Custodian and Director for Procyon Wildlife spoke about our mission to continue rescuing wildlife in need and how the centre has grown from caring for 50 animals per year to over 2,000. Renowned wildlife artist Michael Pape also spoke about his experiences as a wildlife artist. He also had a wide selection of his beautiful paintings on display and will be donating a portion of the proceeds of any paintings sold at the gala to Procyon.
After the lively Live Auction conducted by auctioneer Dave Fulton, Mars Giammarco and his band Echo entertained us with fabulous music! Throughout the evening photographers Wayne Sierra and Jennifer Howard documented the evening.
Our thanks go out to our corporate sponsors Flutter-PokerStars who sponsored the music, Mr. Neil Mathieson, CPA who sponsored the wine at our tables, Flato Developments, Heartlake Insurance, Intact Insurance, Travelers Insurance, Trillium Ford, GFL, Paula Fleck and Anna Simone. We are grateful to all the local businesses and private individuals who provided us with so many beautiful, silent and live auctions, and monetary donations.
A special thank you goes out to all the Procyon Wildlife volunteers that worked so diligently planning the gala and during the evening of the gala.
This community of fine individuals made this evening a success!
You have proved… HELP is in YOUR hands… it’s in ALL OUR HANDS!
If you are interested in learning more about Procyon Wildlife or would like to make a donation toward the care of one of the animals at the centre, please visit: https://www.procyonwildlife.com/donations/general-donation-toward-care-of-an-animal/