Sup­port­ers get wild about ‘Taste of Spring’ event

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More than 300 sup­port­ers of The Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States’ South Florida Wildlife Cen­ter (SFWC) en­joyed a gourmet ve­gan din­ner, a silent auc­tion that fo­cused on wildlife and mu­sic by the Florida Youth Or­ches­tra dur­ing the “Taste of Spring 2012,” which re­cently took place at the home of for­mer Florida At­tor­ney Gen­eral Robert A. But­ter­worth and his wife Marta in Hol­ly­wood.

“Tonight is an ex­tra­or­di­nary evening, a cel­e­bra­tion to sup­port the res­cue and rear­ing of this sea­son’s new­est gen­er­a­tion of pre­cious baby wildlife,” said SFWC’S Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Sherry Sch­lueter. “We cel­e­brate their abun­dant ar­rival and raise funds to pro­vide them life­sav­ing pro­tec­tion and care; and we help to en­sure a safe, thriv­ing ecosys­tem for their happy re­turn to na­ture to live wild and free.”

Ac­cord­ing to Sch­lueter, spring be­gins baby sea­son at the cen­ter, the busiest time of the year, when nearly 100 an­i­mals a day­may ar­rive in need of emer­gency care. “Taste of Spring” helps sup­port the res­cue and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of thou­sands of in­jured and or­phaned wildlife span­ning more than 255 species.

At the event, guests were treated to del­i­ca­cies pro­vided by Sub­lime Res­tau­rant and Bar; Lisa Valle of Green­wave Café; Bun­nie Cakes; Culi­nary School of Mc­fat­ter Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter; Falafel Bistro andwine Bar; Rachel Ge­baide of Taste­buds Cater­ing; He­len Huang’s Man­darin House; Con­stance Bran­den­burg; Marta But­ter­worth; Whole Foods Mar­ket; and Brook Katz.

Event chairs in­cluded: Dr. Irv­ing Rosen­baum, Dr. Anne Rambo and Shelly Spivack. Raf­fle co-chairs were Robin and An­dredrey­fuss. A high­light of the silent auc­tion was a 1960 red Corvette con­vert­ible.

On­go­ing sup­port­ers in­clude: Ar­dath Rosen­gar­den; The Batch­e­lor Foun­da­tion; and the Kis­lak Fam­ily Foun­da­tion. Spon­sors of the event in­cluded: Dr. Robert Buzzetti, DVM; Im­pe­rial Point An­i­mal Hospi­tal; Au­tona­tion; “Hol­ly­wood Carl” Ig­nacuinos; Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity’s Health Pro­fes­sions Di­vi­sion; Rhoda and Stephen Moss; Jerry’s Friends; and Eu­gene Lorenz.

An af­fil­i­ate of the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States, SFWC is a wildlife trauma hospi­tal and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Founded by Beatrice Humphreys in Fort Laud­erdale in 1969, the SFWC pro­tects and pro­vides emer­gency ser­vices in its state-of-the-art clinic and sur­gi­cal suite to more than 10,000 an­i­mals an­nu­ally, ev­ery day of the year. The staff of 60 in­cludes three li­censed vet­eri­nar­i­ans, ve­teri­nary tech­ni­cians, wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tors and other pro­fes­sion­als.

More than 600 trained vol­un­teers, two full-time wildlife am­bu­lances and one full-time res­cue and re­lease ve­hi­cle as­sist the cen­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hu­mane­so­ci­ety.org.

Dr. Irv­ing Rosen­baum, left, Robin Drey­fuss, Sherry Sch­lueter, Dr. Anne Rambo and Shelly Spivack

Linda Mel­lor, left, Eu­gene Lorenz and Sherry Sch­lueter

Mem­bers of the Florida Youth Or­ches­tra: Kris­ten Seto, left, Bran­don Neu­man, Gabriella Itzler and Zachariah Chou

Es­ther Prince, left, and Mark Prince

Il­lona Lar­son, left, and Barry Lar­son

Chris­tel Fid­dy­ment, left, and Ste­fan Harsch

Mar­i­ana Cortez

Michelle Slatkow, left, and Gary Slatkow

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