Gala Week 2023 Schedule

Join us as we countdown to our online Gala & Benefit Auction

Starting Monday, October 9, and extending throughout Gala Week, we'll be presenting a series of online events to our all-access ticket holders.   

Monday, October 9 at 2:00 pm Eastern: Interview with Author Christie Gove
Join us for a sneak peek at author Christie Gove's new book Bailey the Bear Needs Help!, which will be released on October 17. Senior Vice President Amanda Nicholson will chat with Christie about writing her true stories of rescue and rehabilitation series – based on cases from the Wildlife Center! –, the rehabilitation stories that have inspired her, and an upcoming book tour in Virginia!

Tuesday, October 10 at 2 pm Eastern: Meet the New Kids on the Block
Join outreach supervisor Connor Gillespie and Amanda Nicholson for a live visit from our newest animal ambassadors! Meet the animals that have joined the team in the past year and learn more about their stories and training as they become important members of the outreach team. Get the exclusive sneak peek at the newest official member of the team – newly “hired” within the past couple of weeks! A Wildlife Center online premiere!

Wednesday, October 11 at 1:30 pm Eastern: Meet the Bear Moms
Meet the individuals who know the Center’s bear cubs best! Join Outreach Communications Coordinator Lauren Glaze in a conversation with “the bear moms” Alex Olvera, Mac Stewart, and Liz Duffy. Get the inside scoop on what it’s like to care for bear cubs – from when they are tiny bottle-fed cubs to when they are 100-lb + juvenile bears ready to return to the wild. Come with your questions – about bear rehab, or the particulars of this year’s group of bear cubs.

Thursday, October 12, evening: Putting on the Ritz
It’s time to get ready for the Gala Grand Finale!  Pick up some tips for special cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and fashion accessories from Senior Vice President Amanda Nicholson, Veterinary Director Dr. Karra Pierce, and Operations Manager Amber Buck. We’ll talk about some favorite auction items and will share stories from the Center as we prepare for the Gala evening.

Please Join Us for Gala Week!