WNC Nature Center celebrates ‘year of the red wolf’ kickoff with safari on May 31st

Rufus, the red wolf frolics in his home at the WNC Nature Center (photo by Jill Sharp)

This spring, the Friends of the WNC Nature Center are inviting the community to join them for “Mountain Safari” – a wild social adventure. On Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 6-9 p.m., the Nature Center will open its doors for an evening soiree guaranteed to delight even the most festive of partygoers, all in the name of furthering the mission of the WNC Nature Center.

Attendees of the “Mountain Safari” will be treated to an array of entertainment including live music by Rob Russell, Sunshine and the Bad Things and Aaron Wood w/ The Ends. Additional entertainment provided by enchanting Bhangra dancers Christine Garvin and Diana McCall, plus exciting special close encounters of the animal kind with the cougars, owls, otters, wolves and more! In addition, delicious food, drink and sweets generously donated by Azalea Café, Chili’s, Edna’s of Asheville, Fig Bistro, The Marketplace, and Ultimate Ice Cream will satisfy partygoer’s taste buds. To wash down the delectable bites, Asheville Brewing Company is generously providing beer and, to commemorate the Center’s “Year of the Red Wolf,” attendees are encouraged to come early for a limited release bottle of Rufus Red Ale!

The Friends Executive Director Kimberly Brewster shared, “This year’s event is going to be wilder than the last!” She is looking forward to the “fun evening full of great entertainment and adventure as we party with (and for) the animals.”

During the benefit, the Friends will also treat its guests to a silent auction and raffle, to help raise funds for projects at the WNC Nature Center. Highlighting the auction will be one of a kind paintings and paw prints of the Center’s animals, fun outdoor packages from sponsors like Diamond Brand Outdoors and special tours of the Center. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best safari gear, and those that do will be entered into a special raffle. Thank you to all our sponsors including Forest Commercial Bank, Greenhands Healing Center and Dr. Steven L. Cahan! Tickets for the event are available to members of the Nature Center for $40 and to non-members for $45 by advance sale and $50 at the door. For more information visit www.wildwnc.org, or call the Friends at (828) 259-8092.


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