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February 20, 2013

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March 9 Walk on the Wild Side Supports Local Wildlife & Tomorrow's Veterinarians

URBANA - On Saturday, March 9, wildlife fans can take a Walk on the Wild Side in support of today's wildlife and tomorrows veterinarians.

This new dinner and auction event, held from 6:30 to 9 pm at the I Hotel and Conference Center, will benefit the Wildlife Medical Clinic, part of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Guests can express their wild sides with face painting from the Zoo Ladys Zoo Crew while encountering the Clinics resident hawks and owls.

The event will feature both a silent and live auction. Auction items will include adventure and vacation packages, one-of-a-kind animal footprints, and other art work by wild animals, including Clinic residents Nokomis, a great horned owl, and Odin, a red-tailed hawk.

Entry prices are $85 per person for general admission and $125 per person for VIP guests. Guests are encouraged to register before March 1. VIP guests gain entry to a pre-event reception from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, where they can enjoy a closer encounter with resident raptors, bid on exclusive auction items, and celebrate Wildlife for Life recipients Mark and Jackie Yarborough.

"We are so pleased to have Jackie and Mark Yarborough receive the Wildlife for Life Award this year," says Dr. Julia Whittington, medical director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic. While working as a small animal technician in the late 1970s, Jackie Yarborough took the lead on coordinating the teaching hospitals efforts to establish a ward where wild animals in need could receive compassionate care by faculty and students of the College.

"In doing so, Jackie has helped us provide care for tens of thousands of wildlife patients and train the veterinarians of the future," continues Dr. Whittington. "Jackie and Mark, owners of Sun Singer Wine and Spirits, have continued their support of the Wildlife Medical Clinic over the years through their generous sponsorship of our fund-raising and outreach efforts."

The Wildlife Medical Clinic, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that cares for nearly 1,500 sick or injured animals a year while training veterinary students and educating the public about local wildlife, depends solely on fund-raising, donations, and grants for its operating budget.

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