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May 8, 2012

More than 300 Supporters Wild About “Taste of Spring 2012”

Florida community celebrates, supports the work of South Florida Wildlife Center to save young wildlife

  • Anne Rambo and Dr. Irving Rosenbaum helped make the South Florida Wildlife Center Taste of Spring a success. Aaron Ansarov/The HSUS

  • Baby squirrels at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Spring is the busiest time of year at the SFWC, when as many as 100 animals a day are given emergency care. Arthur Pollack

  • Former Florida Attorney General Robert A. Butterworth, SFWC Executive Director Sherry Schlueter, and Anchor Todd Tongen. Aaron Ansarov/The HSUS

  • Florida Youth Orchestra members Kristen Seto, Brandon Neuman, Gabriella Itzler, and Zachariah Chou provided the night's entertainment. Aaron Ansarov/The HSUS

  • Ardath Rosengarden Jeffrey Arciniaco and The HSUS's Melissa Rubin stand in front of a silent auction highlight, a 1960 red Corvette convertible. Aaron Ansarov/The HSUS

  • Vegan fixings were prepared by the Culinary School at McFatter Technical Center. Aaron Ansarov/The HSUS

  • Linda Mellor and Eugene Lorenz were just two of 300 Florida residents who joined Sherry Schlueter in supporting Florida's wildlife. Aaron Ansarov/The HSUS

  • The real winners of the evening were rescued wildlife, like this young opossum in the SFWC nursery. The HSUS

More than 300 supporters of The Humane Society of the United States’ South Florida Wildlife Center enjoyed a gourmet vegan dinner, a silent auction focused on wildlife and music by the Florida Youth Orchestra at the Taste of Spring 2012 recently held at the home of former Florida Attorney General Robert A. Butterworth and his wife Marta in Hollywood. The evening was emceed by Channel 10’s Emmy and Associated Press Award-Winning Anchor Todd Tongen who introduced SFWC’s Executive Director Sherry Schlueter.

Lifesaving cause

“Tonight is an extraordinary evening, a celebration to support the rescue and rearing of this season’s newest generation of precious baby wildlife,” Schlueter noted. “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 HSUS’ South Florida Wildlife Center, the busiest time of the year, when close to 100 animals a day may arrive in need of emergency care. Taste of Spring 2012 helps support the rescue and rehabilitation of thousands of injured and orphaned wildlife spanning more than 255 species. The SFWC is the largest non-profit wildlife trauma hospital and rehabilitation facility in the nation, rescuing, admitting and treating more than 13,000 annually.

Community leaders come together for animals

At Taste of Spring 2012, guests were treated to delicacies provided by Sublime Restaurant and Bar, Lisa Valle of Green Wave Café, Bunnie Cakes, Culinary School of McFatter Technical Center, Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar, Rachel Gebaide of Tastebuds Catering, Helen Huang’s Mandarin House, Constance Brandenburg, Marta Butterworth, Whole Foods Market and Brook Katz.

Chairing the Taste of Spring 2012 were Dr. Irving Rosenbaum, Dr. Anne Rambo and Shelly Spivack. Raffle co-chairs were Robin and Andre Dreyfuss.

A highlight of the silent auction was a 1960 red Corvette convertible. In addition, a raffle was held for a chance to win a seven-night, ski-in & ski-out stay at a condominium in Crested Butte, Colo.

Major ongoing gift supporters include: Ardath Rosengarden, The Batchelor Foundation and the Kislak Family Foundation. Dr. Robert Buzzetti, DVM, Imperial Point Animal Hospital and Auto Nation were major sponsors of the event. Also sponsoring this year’s event were “Hollywood Carl” Ignacuinos, Nova Southeastern University’s Health Professions Division, Rhoda and Stephen Moss, as well as Jerry’s Friends and Eugene Lorenz. Media sponsors included Gulfstream Media Group and Classical South Florida. Media partners were WLRN radio and WPLG-TV 10. 

Rescue, rehabilitate, educate

Operated by The Humane Society of the United States, the South Florida Wildlife Center protects and provides emergency services in its state-of-the-art clinic and surgical suite 365 days a year. The staff of 60 includes three licensed veterinarians, veterinary technicians, wildlife rehabilitators, and other professionals. They are assisted by more than 600 trained volunteers, two full-time wildlife ambulances and one full-time rescue and release vehicle. Up to 900 animals may be cared for on the property on any given day.

Serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, the South Florida Wildlife Center’s mission is protecting wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and education. Their goal is to return every fully rehabilitated native animal safely back to nature to live wild and free.

Jeffrey Arciniaco, The HSUS’ SFWC president and board chairman, was joined at Taste of Spring 2012 by members of The HSUS’ SFWC Development Partnership Council: Barbara Birdsey, Gale Butler, Robert A. Butterworth, Dr. Bob Buzzetti, Christian De Berardinis, Robin Dreyfuss, Dr. Glenn Gillard, Stephen Greenberger, Robert B. Judd, Ken Leavitt, Eugene Lorenz, Stephen Moss, Ross Parker, Ray Place, Thomas Potts, Dr. Irving Rosenbaum, Ardath Rosengarden and Shelly Spivack.

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