Wander the Wild:  Live Auction and Dinner

Wander the Wild is our signature annual fundraiser, a live auction and dinner which benefits the Highlands Center’s children’s educational programs which touch 10,000 children annually. 2019 was our 11th anniversary and we are grateful to all of our donors, guests and volunteers who made it a successful event!

2019 Wander the Wild: Another Success!

Our 2019 Wander the Wild was another resounding success with smiling and engaged attendees enjoying the gorgeous setting and the 46 fantasticly diverse auction packages offered in the live auction. As anticipated, the international travel packages prompted the most vigorous bidding and raised the most for our youth programs!  These included two 1-week stays for either 6 or 8 to revel in a Pacific Coast resort in Nicaragua,  an amazing Photo safari for 2 to Zululand in South Africa, and a delightful week in a Tuscan Villa in Manciano for 4.  Local experiences had robust bidding too!  Beyond the international packages, three auction packages netted the most proceeds:  a one-week stay for 2 in a Luxury Scottsdale Condo at the Westland Kieran Villas, a Tastes of the Southwest Dinner for 8, and a 2 night stay at Brenda’s Place at the Painted Lady Vineyard in Skull Valley.
Sincere thanks to all who attended for your generosity in support of the Highlands Center’s youth programs.  We are already planning for the 2020 Wander the Wild, to be held on September 13, 2020, 2:30-6:30 pm at the Windmill House.   Potential new auction packages include a 7-night stay for 2 on the Carribbean island of Antigua, 1-week’s use of an RV from a Prescott dealer, a one-week stay on an eco-friendly property in Costa Rica.  Stay tuned for more and please save the date!


Windmill House

Wander the Wild features live music during the social hour with local wines and appetizers on the beautiful and spacious patio at The Windmill House.  Attendees then venture into a splendid dining room where the rousing live auction is followed by a delicious dinner with wine service.  The live auction features outdoor related travel and adventure packages, educational field trips and nature inspired works of art by talented local artists.  With local, regional, national and international destinations, the crowd is enthusiastically engaged as bidders vie for their favorites and there is something for everyone.

IT’S FOR THE KIDS!  Bring your enthusiasm and your generous hearts as all profits directly benefit our youth education programs, inspiring over 10,000 children annually with quality, creative, hands-on, outdoor, science-based education designed to introduce them to the wonders of our Central Arizona Highlands. A fun party for a great cause, don’t miss our annual fundraiser live auction and dinner, Wander the Wild!

Wander the Wild at The Windmill House

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