Nature centre hosts gala

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre is going on the wild side.

The 16th annual Wine and Wild Things Gala takes place Sept. 23 at Sparkling Hill Resort.

“The best part is it’s truly a social night,” said Vicki Proulx, ABNC events and communications co-ordinator.

“You’re not stuck sitting at a table with the same people you see every day at work, you’re free to mingle, sample the food and the wines, experience the different animals and enjoy the entertainment.”

The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, local wines, entertainment, desserts and live animals. Among the wild things will be the Raptors, allowing guests the chance to meet the birds up close and personal. Stuart Brown, of The Bug Guys, will also be present, along with his reptile collection.

The evening will also include a live and silent auction.

“This is an important fundraiser for the nature centre with proceeds supporting the delivery of our youth and family-focused nature educational programming,” said Allan Brooks, executive director.

“We also are aiming to raise awareness and value of the Allan Brooks endowment fund with the Community Foundation for longer-term funding support for the nature centre.”

Tickets are available through Ticketseller.ca or www.abnc.ca.