ELBURN – For the Fox Valley Wildlife Center, spring and summer are the busiest times of year, as people bring in hundreds of of baby birds and mammals for care.
The most common species the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn receives is the cottontail rabbit.
Last year alone, the wildlife center took care of 658 baby rabbits, each costing approximately $30 to provide the care.
The baby rabbits were but a portion of the more than 2,900 wild animals cared for in 2018, which includes injured adults and babies.
The wildlife center’s members and volunteers depend on fundraisers to help pay for the animals’ care, as it is a nonprofit that relies completely on donations and fundraisers.
The biggest and most important fundraiser of the year is the Fox Valley Wildlife Center’s annual dinner auction fundraiser will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. April 6 at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora, the agency announced in a news release.
Last year, about 200 people attended, helping to raise $25,000 – which was just enough to carry on its operations for half of the year, the release stated.
This year, organizers hope to have at least 250 people attend and raise $35,000.
The cost for the dinner auction is $50 per person, which includes entrance and dinner.
Guests will have a choice of a Parisienne chicken or a vegetarian mushroom tower for their main course.
There will be a silent auction with a variety of baskets including a large dog-themed basket from Anderson Animal Shelter, a Starbucks-themed basket, gift cards, artwork and photos, the release stated.
Guests can participate in 50/50 and cash raffles.
The night will include Scott Mackay from Mackay in the morning show on 95.9 The River, as a co-MC, concluding with a live auction.
Some of the items available include a trip to South Africa, a choice of six destination trips to California and Chicago Cubs tickets.
Tickets and raffles can be purchased at www.fvwc.org/events-and-fundraising. The public can participate in the raffle regardless of attendance.