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Tickets available for CROW Golf Classic dinner this weekend

By Staff | Oct 7, 2015

CROW’s Development Director Nanette Scoville prepares for the annual CROW Golf Classic, which will include a helicopter drop. PHOTO PROVIDED

Tickets are still available for the CROW Golf Classic dinner, which the public is invited to attend, this Saturday, at the Sanctuary Golf Club.

For $50 a person, individuals will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner and a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Foundation is sponsoring the dinner.

Andy Pritchett, of the foundation, said with CROW taking care of Ozzie the eagle for approximately three months earlier this year, they thought becoming sponsors for the dinner would be a great way to give back to the community.

“We wanted to give to CROW primarily because they helped Ozzie and our organization with such good care of Ozzie and updates to our viewers,” he said. “We thought it would be a great idea to give back to their organization and support them and what they have done for us.”

The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam went live around noon on Thursday, providing close to 94,000 followers on Facebook with a view of the eagle nest once again. Within the last three years more than 40 million views have been made.

Myra Robert’s Ozzie painting is being auctioned off on eBay through Saturday. PHOTO PROVIDED

“We have a great following in the community and the country,” Pritchett said.

Throughout the reception Saturday, individuals will have the opportunity to purchase golfballs for the helicopter ball drop, which is similar to a 50/50 raffle for $20 a piece, or six tickets for $100.

“The helicopter hovers over a green that is close to the clubhouse and drops all the balls on the green,” CROW Development Director Nanett Scoville said in a previous article. “The ball that falls in (the hole) is the winner. The winner keeps half and the other half comes to CROW.”

The dinner will also include the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a 15 to 30 minute helicopter tour of the island later that evening.

Individuals will also have the opportunity to participate in an auction, which includes such items as an autographed Arnold Palmer replica putter, as well as art donated by Sanibel artists Lucas Century and Pamela Boynton.

CROW Marketing Manager Kenny Howell said Myra Robers “Ozzie” painting is being auctioned on eBay through Saturday, Oct. 10. Individuals can find the painting by searching “Ozzie the Eagle.”

With the news of Ozzie passing away Tuesday, Sept. 29 from complications of his most recent injuries of multiple severe lacerations and a broken toe on each foot, Pritchett said they had quite a few of their followers place flowers at the gates.

“It was a great showing yesterday at the nest,” Pritchett said Thursday afternoon.

Some of Ozzie’s fans also paid their respect near the nest and talked with others.

“There was a lot of grieving that our followers were going through yesterday,” he said.

Harriott, Pritchett said was spotted in the nest Sept. 30 with another eagle. He said it was great seeing them in the area again, adding that they are all going to be paying close attention to the nest.

“We really appreciate everything that CROW has done for us,” he said. “Helping with the whole Ozzie aspect and in general us working together has been a great experience.”

Pritchett said his organization would be happy to help CROW in anyway they can.

This is the first year the CROW Golf Classic is being held at the Sanctuary Golf Club. A boxed lunch will be served to the registered foursome golf teams at 11 a.m. The shotgun start is 12:30 p.m.

The funds generated from the 3rd annual CROW Golf Classic will go towards helping more animals.

In 1968, CROW began out of Shirley Walter, the founder’s home, with more than 500 distress calls. It was not until 1980 that CROW was given 12 acres and the following year a wildlife clinic was constructed on the same property in which it is run today.

The Volunteer Emergency Rescue & Transport Program was formed in 1985 due to the increase in demand of its services. The first staff veterinarian was hired in 1987, as well as the installation of x-ray and surgical equipment.

With the increase in patient numbers, a veterinary internship program was formed in 1996 and a student fellowship program was formed two years later. Up to 50 students from around the world participate in the programs while developing a deeper understanding about conservation medicine and wildlife rehabilitation.

A student housing facility is located not the premise, as well as a two-story state-of-the-art veterinary hospital.

More than 225 animals call CROW home every night. CROW cared for 3,422 injured, sick, orphaned animals in 2014. So far this year, 2,572 animals have been cared for.

To help care for the animals, the 12-acres includes 17 habitat enclosures where patients from the hospital receive habitat and behavioral enrichment, and test flights before they are released.

The nonprofit organization has more than 180 active volunteers. Some of the volunteers spend time picking up animals at different drop off points throughout Lee County.

Although CROW mostly provides services to Lee County, the efforts expands the area when providing care for sea turtles. The organization is the only licensed Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility between Sarasota and the Keys on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

For more information about the dinner, call (239) 472-3644.

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