Wander the Wild:  Live Auction and Dinner

Our 12th Annual Wander the Wild, the Highlands Center’s signature fundraiser which directly benefits our children’s education programs which touch 10,000 youth annually, will be held September 27, 2020, 2:30-6:30 pm, at the beautiful and welcoming 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, passed appetizers, wine and beer.  This is the time when attendees meander through artistic and informative displays of  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.  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 RV dealer, a one-week stay on an eco-friendly property in Costa Rica.  

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.

Be sure to check out new auction packages as they are finalized on this website and in facebook posts.   Sign up on-line or call the Highlands Center at 928-776-9550.  Cost is $100 per person with a 10% discount for a table of 8.

A fabulous party for a wonderful cause, join us at this year’s Wander the Wild!


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.  


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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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