Monday, September 29, 2008

Hoots, Howls, & Hollers 09/29/08

This past Saturday we held our second annual golf tournament, Birdie Fore Birds at Starfire at Scottsdale Country Club. I was a little doubtful when I was told that it would be Hawaiian themed, but not being a golf tournament groupie, I assumed it was done all of the time. “Not so!” I am now told, but the planners took a chance, and it worked like a charm. There were decorated golf carts, Hawaiian skirted teams (all men) and someone showed up with a stuffed animal parrot attached to her shoulder (worn, I might add through the entire 18 holes!) The costumes, fake tattoos, and clever hats were a delight to see as I squired our resident photographer, Terry Stevens, around the course in the golf cart. You might not want to ask about my driving skills….I am sure it was the cart not me!

As at any Liberty Wildlife event the staff and volunteers rose to the occasion and manned booths with our education birds for everyone to admire and learn about. A snappy registration and outstanding goodie bag, made the beginning seamless. It was no time at all when all the little carts peeled down the path to the assigned holes and the fun began. It was also engaging for the golfers who were met at a hole with free popsicles (sponsored by FNF Construction), an eagle, hawk or owl, O premium water or Verve energy drinks, not to mention the other kinds of beverages that travel around on the little cart.

A beautiful buffet welcomed the crowd after eighteen holes of fabulous golf. Prizes were awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, beat the pro, but unfortunately no one won the hole in one Jeep from Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge, the hole in one Ping Irons sponsored by McDaniel Family Chiropractic, or the $500 cash from Moszkito Sandals (although a pair of these wonderful sandals made its way into every goodie bag along with a cool shirt and a sleeve of golf balls with the Liberty logo, sponsored by SRP and other items too numerous to list in my limited space. Polynesian Review dramatically demonstrated Island dancing that kept everyone entertained during lunch and stirred memories of Island living befitting the costumes and d├ęcor.

Watch for a more complete listing of sponsors, activities, acknowledgements in an upcoming Nature New. In fact if you don’t currently receive our on line newsletter, Nature News, go to our web site to register to receive it monthly.

Suffice it to say—thanks to donors and sponsors, attendees, volunteers, staff and Two Gals Events for the wonderful job on Saturday.

And now a short request: Liberty Wildlife is on the verge of opening a small scale e-store on our website. We need a volunteer willing to work from home handling the ordes and shipping for us. If you might want to help, contact Gail Cochrane or Terry Stevens. (see our website for contact information)

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