Hawk Creek Wildlife Center invites everyone passionate about supporting endangered wildlife and conservation education to Denim and Diamonds, an evening of live blues music, food and festivities at Hayloft in the Grove in East Aurora, N.Y. The event aims to raise funds for vital construction projects at the non-profit organization’s new Mill Road facility.
Denim and Diamonds, generously sponsored by West Herr Automotive Group, David P. Jones, Sonitrol Security Systems and Urban Design kicks off on April 14 at 5:30 p.m. with a wine pairing dinner and cash bar (beer and wine). The band Mercury Blues will provide live entertainment, and attendees can also enjoy a silent auction and cigar rolling. In addition, during the event attendees will have the opportunity to meet some of the live animal ambassadors that reside at Hawk Creek, the very animals they are supporting. Tickets are $100 per person or $900 for 10 tickets and must be purchased in advance. The attire is dress shirts, blue jeans and all of the “bling” you handle, stetsons and cowboy boots encouraged! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the tickets tab.
The first event of its kind, Denim & Diamonds will support construction projects at Hawk Creek’s new site on Mill Road which houses a diverse, global collection of raptors and wildcats. This nonprofit facility will allow the Center, which is the largest raptor center in the East, to fulfill and expand its mission of inspiring minds through wildlife. This mission is accomplished through engaging, meaningful up-close encounters via flying bird shows, animal interactions and education programs. The Center supports endangered species through collaborative partnerships and vital breeding programs. Hawk Creek rehabilitates hundreds of injured and orphaned wildlife annually and provides sanctuary for animals that have nowhere else to go. It has received many international awards including one by National Geographic and has been featured on PBS, National Geographic, The Rachel Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show, Conan O’Brien, and as guest naturalists for Princess Cruise Lines. For more information visit: www.hawkcreek.org.
With over 30 years of experience in wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and educational outreach programs, Hawk Creek cares for over 80 non-releasable animals & rehabilitates and releases hundreds of injured wildlife patients each year. This not-for-profit organization is internationally recognized for its leadership in wildlife conservation and has rescued majestic bald eagles, endangered peregrine falcons, magnificent wild cats and sleek-skinned river otters, to mention a few.
"Our vital mission of wildlife conservation and caring for our permanently injured, nonreleasable wildlife ambassadors is funded entirely by private donations," explained Tanya C. Lowe, Hawk Creek's Director of Wildlife Education. "Hawk Creek has grown and evolved with the needs of the community we serve and the needs of wildlife worldwide. Our aging facility could no longer support our growth and mission and it was severely damaged during the SnoVember storm. Our new facility is up and running but we still have a number of animals at our old facility that are waiting for their enclosures to be finished. We also still have a lot of grounds work to complete and will need to rebuild our rehabilitation facilities at our new site. This fundraiser, being put on by the Friends of Hawk Creek, will be pivotal in allowing the Center to complete construction at our new site."