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Go Wild for ‘Ding’ raises nearly $500K for land acquisition

By Staff | Feb 20, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED DDWS Land Acquisition Chair John McCabe, left, announces the Wulfert Bayous campaign and $3 million private philanthropy goal. Auctioneer Richard Johnson, of Baileys General Store, encouraged guests to make a celebratory kickoff gift.
PHOTO PROVIDED “Juvenile ospreys” flew around the room in honor of this year's Call of the Osprey theme.
PHOTO PROVIDED Guests were on their feet when Jim Sprankle's carvings were presented in the auction to raise support for land preservation and acquisition.

From the moment guests walked into the sold-out Call of the Osprey 2019 Go Wild for “Ding” event on Feb. 13, it was clear the guests were there for the love of J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and all things wild. Sounds of osprey calls, “juvenile ospreys” flying around the room and the overall sense of being surrounded by all those who appreciate the refuge got guests in the mood to bid often and high on the silent and live auction items and to ultimately “give to give.”