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Go Wild for Jeopar-Ding tickets selling quickly

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Mar 12, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge pre-recorded Go Wild for Jeopar-Ding in a professional studio.

This year, in the spirit of creativity and accessibility, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge is reinventing the ninth annual Go Wild for “Ding” fundraiser in an original virtual format.

A playful rendition of everyone’s favorite longtime TV game show, classic “Jeopardy,” Go Wild for Jeopar-Ding will take place on March 31 at 6 p.m. It brings hostess and artist-in-residence Rachel Pierce to the screen with three local celebrities to compete in categories about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel, “Ding” the man, wildlife and other related topics.

“The professionally recorded show will be a blast for ticketed guests to enjoy while playing along,” event organizer and DDWS Development Officer April Boehnen said. “Participants are already organizing outdoor watch parties to play along with family and friends.”

Contestants include: Downtown Diva, actress and director Stephanie Davis; co-host of the “Nature Guys” podcast Greg Torres; and Bailey’s General Store owner and island personality Richard Johnson.

Tickets are still available and start at $25 for an individual. Special prices are available for couples, school-class participation sponsorship, and Alex Trebek Tribute and VIP packages. Ticket purchases are tax deductible, with the proceeds to benefit conservation education efforts at the refuge.

Event sponsors include: Wendy and John Kindig, Doug and Sherry Gentry, Wayne and Linda Boyd as Call of the Wild; Todd and Barbara Bluedorn, Bill and Diane Valerian, John and Kathy McCabe, Bill and Laurie Harkey as Champion; Ron E. and Josephine Smith, Sonya Keene and John Moy, Tree West, Island Home Service as Guardian; Jim and Patty Sprankle, Tiffani Kaliko and John Silvia, Mike and Terry Baldwin, Bill and Barbara Millar, Bob and Kathy Wiesemann, VIP Realty Group, The Gresham Family, Ashton Kirchner Group, Taylor and Betsy Hay as Protector; and Stewart & Sons Insurance, America’s Cuisine, Mitchell’s Sandcastles, Hank and Linda Spire, and Island Sun as Defender.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit gowildfording.com. To become a sponsor or for assistance, contact April Boehnen at aprilb@dingdarlingsociety.org or 239-472-1100 ext. 256.