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Wander the Wild

September 27 at 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Wander the Wild is our signature annual fundraiser, a live auction and dinner which benefits the Highlands Center’s youth educational programs which touch over 10,000 children annually on and off-site.

Our 12th Annual event will be held Sunday afternoon, September 13, 2020, at a beautiful and welcoming venue, the Windmill House in Chino Valley.  The event is a four hour celebration which starts at 2:30 pm with a social hour on a tree-lined outdoor patio with live music, appetizers, wine and beer.  This is the time when attendees meander through artistic and informative displays of the 46 auction packages, making notes and bidding strategies on their programs.  A variety of raffle items demand attention also.  At 3:40 pm attendees move indoors to the adjacent banquet hall for welcoming comments from Dave Irvine, HCNH Executive Director, and Master of Ceremonies Marnie Uhl, Prescott Valley Chamber President.  Then, at 4:00 master auctioneer Jacy Lee takes the floor and a lively live auction commences and commands your attention and generous enthusiasm for the next 75 minutes!

The live auction features outdoor-related travel and adventure packages, educational field trips and nature inspired works of art by local artists. With local, regional, national and international destinations, the auction offers something for everyone:  stroll Central American Pacific beaches, hike with local bird experts and naturalists, revel in a week in a Tuscan Villa or at a South African photo safari, kayak the Verde River, enjoy pampering experiences, relax in rustic local ranches and vineyards, and so much more!

Following the excitement of the live auction, a buffet dinner and local wine is offered at 5:30 pm with meat, fish and vegetarian fare to satisfy all.  The drawing for raffle items occurs while attendees enjoy dessert and coffee.

Described by attendees as the most enjoyable local fund raiser they attend, Wander the Wild’s purpose is OUR KIDS!  It directly funds school field trips to the Center, providing a myriad of educational experiences and providing scholarships to those who need assistance to participate.  Join us at this fun and worthwhile event!


September 27
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Windmill House
1460 W Rd 4 N
Chino Valley, AZ 86323 United States
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