Wings & Wildlife Soirée Raises $55,000 in Support of National Aviary
The National Aviary’s Annual Wings & Wildlife Art Show kicked off on Friday, November 3 with a first class Soiree & Benefit Auction. Guests mingled with wildlife artists and met exotic birds up-close as they enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres, open bar and strolling strings, all before gathering for an exciting live auction, emceed by beloved Pittsburgher Sally Wiggin.
The auction began with a stunning painting entitled “Moody Owls” donated by featured artist, Maria DeSimone Prascak. Ginny Merchant and Jim Brainard made the winning bid on the gorgeous original piece, and every penny of the painting’s selling price supported the National Aviary. Guests also bid on a variety of silent auction items, and purchased prints, gifts and originals from the exhibiting artists throughout the event. The evening raised approximately $55,000, helping to support the National Aviary’s avian medicine, education, and conservation programs locally and internationally.