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CROW holds raffle drawing for original Ozzie painting

By Staff | Aug 17, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Bank of the Islands Darrin Grotrian and CROW Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey with the original painting of Ozzie the bald eagle, created and donated by artist Myra Roberts.

Five years ago, Ozzie the bald eagle – star of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam and Harriett’s first partner – passed away. In remembrance, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind Myra Roberts’ painting of Ozzie soaring above Sanibel.

Through the Eagle Cam, Ozzie and Harriett shared their lives and nest with viewers from around the world. In March 2015, Ozzie was admitted to CROW after suffering a trauma that left him with a broken coracoid, one of the bones in a bird’s shoulder essential for flight. After three months of rehabilitation, he was released back to the wild. Later in September, Ozzie was again found unable to fly, presumably from a fight with another eagle, and admitted to CROW. Infection had already taken hold and despite efforts to save him, he passed away.

Donated by Roberts, who is a locally-based and nationally-known artist, the 24-by-36 painting is an original one-of-kind piece. The raffle is limited to one entry per person and is $100 per entry. Only 250 entries will be sold and all funds raised will directly benefit CROW’s mission.

“This year has been quite a challenge for so many nonprofits, and CROW is no exception,” Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey said. “We were forced to cancel two of our fundraisers, Southern Comfort in April and our golf tournament in October, but our patient numbers in the hospital have actually increased.”

“Proceeds from this raffle of Myra’s painting will actually be life-saving funds to our local wildlife,” she added. “We hope to completely sell out of tickets.”

PHOTO PROVIDED Ozzie the bald eagle

The drawing will be held on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.

The winner will be contacted directly and shared on CROW’s social media.

The painting is currently on display at Bank of the Islands, at 1699 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

To enter the drawing, visit https://bit.ly/OzzieRaffle.

A full list of contest rules can be viewed at crowclinic.org/articles/official-contest-rules.