Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala to raise money for wildlife conservation

STATE COLLEGE — The 2nd annual Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala to benefit the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation, will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, on Friday, April 5, beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation, based in State College, is the non-profit organization that promotes wildlife conservation and education in Pennsylvania.

This year’s event will feature wildlife biologist, Mark Ternent, from the Pennsylvania Game Commission who will discuss Pennsylvania’s black bear. Ternent is an expert on bears, serving with the Game Commission for the past 19 years where he is responsible for studying and managing Pennsylvania’s black bear population. Prior to that, he served as a black bear and grizzly bear biologist in Wyoming. Bears have been the focus of Ternent’s career in wildlife research since 1991 and he is the author of many wildlife articles and reports.

The wildlife gala is the largest fundraising event for the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation. Last year’s inaugural event netted over $50,000. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Foundation’s programs: Seedings for Schools, the wildlife scholarship fund and the Wildlife Center slated for ground breaking this summer. The Wildlife Center, located in Centre County, will serve as an outdoor learning classroom and nature observatory for all individuals regardless of limitation.

Opportunities to support the Foundation throughout the evening include a stellar selection of silent auction items, raffles and a live auction that will include original artwork from renowned Pennsylvania wildlife artist, Laura Mark-Finberg. Other live auction items include: Dinner for ten at Bentzel Mill, a beautifully restored historic mill in York, Pennsylvania hosted by owners, John and Denise Gilliland, offering a 5-course meal with wine pairings followed by a tour of the on-site wildlife museum that features exotic animals and treasures from around the world. Also, Dancing with Wolves, a guided farm-nature-wildlife tour at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park that transports the party of four across grazing pastures, mountain trails and forests affording an up close and intimate experience with some of North America’s most captivating species including elk, bison, wolves, cougars, foxes and much more.

RSVP by March 22 to 814-238-8138 or visit www.wildlifeforeveryone.org/events to purchase your tickets or for information. Individual tickets are $125; tables of 10 are $1,200. Sponsorship opportunities available. All proceeds benefit the mission of the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation.

The vision of the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation is to be the leading advocate for wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania. The foundation was formed in 2004 to provide all wildlife enthusiasts with a way to show their commitment through much-needed financial support for wildlife conservation efforts and education. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support projects including wildlife and wetland habitat improvements, creek and lake restorations, the Seedlings for Schools program and student educational opportunities. The Foundation’s mission connects all wildlife and nature enthusiasts to the great outdoors, including birders, hunters, anglers, students and everyone with an appreciation for nature’s treasures. For more information, visit www.wildlifeforeveryone.org.

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