Supporters get wild about ‘Taste of Spring’ event
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
Michelle Slatkow, left, and Gary Slatkow