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April 27, 2012

The HSUS’ South Florida Wildlife Center to Celebrate “Taste of Spring 2012” on April 28

Gourmet vegan menu, Florida Youth Orchestra quartet and silent auction will be featured

South Florida Wildlife Center

  • 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

  • A 1960 red Corvette convertible will be featured in the Taste of Spring's auction. Arthur Pollack

  • Jeffrey Arciniaco, President and Board Chairman of the South Florida Wildlife Center's Development Partnership Council and Sherry Schlueter, Executive Director of the SFWC. Arthur Pollack

  • Diane Shawcross and Shelly Spivack with one of the emergency ambulances at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Arthur Pollack

Providing care for wildlife, celebrating new life and preserving our ecosystem will be the focus at The Humane Society of the United States’ South Florida Wildlife Center’s Taste of Spring 2012. The event will feature an innovative gourmet vegan menu, music by the Florida Youth Orchestra quartet and an extensive silent auction. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the private residence of former Florida Attorney General Robert A. Butterworth in Hollywood, Fla., and will be emceed by Todd Tongen, Emmy and Associated Press Award-winning anchor of WPLG TV Channel 10.

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 will help support the rescue and rehabilitation of thousands of injured and orphaned wildlife spanning more than 255 species,” said Sherry Schlueter, SFWC executive director.  “On behalf of the thousands of animal patients treated at The Humane Society of the United States’ South Florida Wildlife Center each year, we truly appreciate the support and commitment we receive from the community. Our collective efforts help to preserve the diversity of species essential to maintain the delicate balance of our unique and fragile ecosystem.”

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 Taste Buds Catering, Helen Huang’s Mandarin House and Brook Katz will all showcase their culinary specialties at the event.

Chairing the Taste of Spring 2012 are Irving Rosenbaum, Anne Rambo and Shelly Spivack. 

Silent auction items will be on display in advance of the event at and at the event. A feature item of the auction is a 1960 red Corvette convertible. In addition, there will be a raffle drawing for a chance to win a seven-night, ski-in & ski-out stay at a condominium in Crested Butte, Colo., which sleeps 11 guests or more comfortably. The winner will be chosen at the event, but participants do not have to be present to win.

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 are serving as major sponsors of the event. Also sponsoring this year’s event are “Hollywood Carl” Ignacuinos, and Stephen and Rhoda Moss.

Operated by The Humane Society of the United States, the South Florida Wildlife Center is one of the largest wildlife trauma hospitals and rehabilitation facilities in the nation. 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 nearly 13,000 animals annually, 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.

Tickets to Taste of Spring 2012 are $75 each and are available by calling Cathy Sternlicht at 954.524.4302, extension 52, or Suzanne Torres at extension 30. Sponsorships are available on a limited basis. Credentialed media are invited to attend with RSVP to media contacts.

Jeffrey Arciniaco, The HSUS’ SFWC president and board chairman, will be joined by 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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