Hoots, Howls, and Holler
Thanksgiving is upon us and once again I am asking myself “Where did the time go?” The year is in its winding down mode which zips by from this point on. Currently, I am going to think about how much I have to be thankful for…I’ll take on the rest of the holidays as they come…and they will come fast and furiously.
Today AT LAST, I can be thankful for our new beautiful building and for all of the people who came together to make it happen. There are way too many of you to start naming them but you know who you are, and if any of you have been around me in the past year, you will know also. It took so many good and giving people to make a dream come true…board members, donors, architects, construction crews, Liberty staff members and hard- working volunteers.
And, we are finally whole again. For almost 6 months the operation was split into two groups. Those of us not crucial to the day to day handling of animals moved in during June and July. Those of our group who did the hands on work with animals finally got totally moved in last week…just in time for our Grand Openings.
Our first Grand Opening was a beautiful evening event for donors and those people intimately involved in the facility creation. Two hundred and fifty folks got introduced to the new Liberty Wildlife and all seemed…here’s everyone’s term…BLOWN AWAY! That isn’t the first time I have heard those words.
The second Grand Opening was for the public. Once again…BLOWN AWAY…was the overriding mantra. We had a great crowd of over 800 people who took the time to get the tour, do crafty things for wildlife, grab a hot dog, cotton candy, popcorn and camaraderie. There were educational tours and programs; there were tours through the hospital and Non-Eagle Feather Repository; there were raffles; there was a release. We finally had to close the doors…and yet the people kept coming.
One of my board members drove up and thought there was a football game going on! It was a huge success. I believe the people who knew our humble beginnings got the best WOW experience, but those who are new to Liberty Wildlife were thrilled at a new (to them) resource in the Valley.
We will be officially open to the public starting in December on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until we get our bearings. We will be working hard to provide stunning experiences that change seasonally so each of you will have new reasons to visit our little piece of heaven. Bring your family and friends and certainly all of your out of town visitors for an easy and splendid view of Arizona’s nature.
You come along and get your own BLOWN AWAY experience. We look forward to providing it. Visit our web site in December for details of our programming, events, and opportunities.
Once again, let me be thankful for all of you who made it happen! AT LAST!
This Week @ Liberty – Grand Opening Special
The total intake number now stands at 6360.
Well, it’s official: Liberty Wildlife has gone public! We had our Grand Opening to the public on Saturday with over 800 people attending. The 4 hour event went very well with everyone smiling and seeming to enjoy the hot dogs, popcorn, activities, birds, and tours of both sides of the facility. We saw lots of old friends, made lots of new friends, and had lots of kids learning about the what we do here at 2600 E. Elwood St. The volunteers all performed above and beyond their normal duties making this an unqualified success. Thanks to all who worked so long and hard to make it happen. And all this took place while accomplishing our normal tasks of rehabilitating injured animals and educating the public about their environment and our wild neighbors in whose back yard we all live. As Humphrey Bogart said, “This is the start of a beautiful friendship” between Liberty Wildlife and the community around us! If (hopefully) you’re feeling like sharing with the world this holiday season, think about this: Support us when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-2738161 and Amazon donates to Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc. Thanks to you all!!
Now, here’s what the event looked like…
As Megan said, the reaction by everyone was…
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Liberty Wildlife and TW@L!