‌The WildCare Gala took place on September 21, 2019 at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur and it was a WILD success!

Save the date for our 2020 Gala on Saturday, August 29 – we have wonderful plans for a virtual Gala that we will be sharing shortly!

Scroll down for photos from this elegant event by photographers Bob Bloomberg and Marilyn Freund.

If you would like the full-resolution version of a photo, please email wildcare@discoverwildcare.org.

Enjoy the video, “The Wonders of WildCare,” shown at the event, and please share with friends and family!

Gala Event Photos



Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Saga and Frederick Perry, III

Northern Trust

Susanne and Jeff Lyons

Robert Carlson and Katie Hatch
EACH Foundation
Maureen Groper
Sandy and Ray Monticelli
Magda Sarkissian,
Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty
Linda and Rob Stiles

Allison and Ron Abta
Mary D’Agostino
Veronica Geczi & Mark Cavage
Kimiko Hattori-Baum
Steve and Julie Kimball
Robert Kline and Denise Wang-Kline
Cassandra Miller
Kiki Pescatello
Kate Warner Construction Lawyers in honor of Julie Malet

Bank of Marin
Bill and Susan Beech
KC and Steve Lauck
Yaz and Kate Krehbiel
Marin Sanitary Service
Martz Accountancy Corp
Bobby and Marcie Phares
Jeff Pierce
Donys and Robert Powell
Alice Weigel
Ellyn and Brett Weisel
Sandra Weiss
Sanky Communications, Inc.

View some of the exciting auction items at the 2019 WildCare Gala!


Photo by Nina Zhito

Raptor Release with Champagne Toast

Seeing a beautiful hawk or owl up close is a thrilling experience. Imagine how much more exciting it is to see a once-injured hawk or owl finally healthy and ready to fly free!

Bid for the chance to join us to release a hawk or an owl patient from our Wildlife Hospital, followed by a champagne toast.

This is an incredible opportunity – and one you’ll only find at WildCare!

This release experience is for two to four guests, and will take place in Marin.

Date and time are to be determined, based on when an injured raptor is ready to fly free. Be prepared to hike a short distance to the release location.

Photographers, you will want to bring your gear for this truly breathtaking photo opportunity!

The experience includes a post-release toast (with light hors d’oeuvres) to wish our beautiful raptor well as she begins her second chance at life in the wild.




Seven Nights in Punta Mita, Mexico

Stay seven nights with up to six people at beautiful Hacienda de Mita, located inside the gates of the Punta Mita Resort.

Enjoy wonderful beach views and a short walk (through a private, secured gate) to the charming village of Punta de Mita, known for its excellent restaurants, local shopping and nightlife.

Condo includes 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, all new furniture and linens, a gourmet kitchen with new granite countertops and top-of-the-line Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, L’Occitane products in all bathrooms, a Premier Golf Membership to use during your stay, and much more.

Your stay also includes daily housekeeping, breakfast preparation and use of a golf cart.

Not available on holidays, dates to be mutually agreed upon by both parties.


Three Nights’ Stay for Two People at the Amangani in Jackson Hole + Luxury Car Tour of Yellowstone

At the foot of the Grand Teton and near the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Amangani is an exquisite jewel overlooking the Snake River valley and the stunning mountains of the Teton range.

The name Amangani, means ‘peaceful home’, and you will feel the peace and tranquility of fresh mountain air and endless vistas from your luxurious room, the many patios or the heated infinity pool.

The hotel lies on the wandering paths of moose and elk, promising excellent opportunities for spotting the region’s abundant wildlife in and around the flourishing national parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

This package includes a three nights stay for two people in a Superior Suite at Amangani, and two spa treatments in the extraordinary Amangani spa.

Also included is transportation to and from the airport and a private, half-day guided naturalist tour of Yellowstone National Park in a luxury vehicle.

Subject to availability. Certain blackout dates apply. Reservations must be made more than 60 days in advance. Valid until September 21, 2020.


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A Sunday Afternoon at Kistler Vineyard

Bring six unbelievably lucky friends to the exclusive Trenton Roadhouse at Kistler Winery!

Begin with a glass of chardonnay to enjoy while learning the history of Kistler. Take a stroll through the vineyard and then move in to a seated tasting of three chardonnays and one Pinot Noir.

End with a light food experience to enjoy with a glass of your favorite from the tasting.



Collective Retreats

Nights Under the Stars

Enjoy a multi-night stay at one of Collectrive Retreats’ extraordinary luxury tenting opportunities!

Much more than a place to sleep, Collective Retreats are in stunning locations where traditional hotels simply can’t exist.

Enjoy your very own tent full of life’s little luxuries including a private en-suite bathroom. Dine on exquisite chef-prepared farm-to-table meals. Experience curated activities unique to each location, and soak in the gorgeous scenery. Learn more at collectiveretreats.com.

Locations include:

Collective Governor’s Island, New York, NY
Collective Hudson Valley, Ghent, NY
Collective Vail, Wolcott CO
Collective Hill Country, Wimberley, TX
Collective Yellowstone, Big Sky, MT

Expires 9/10/2021



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VIP Experience with the San Francisco Giants

Enjoy a San Francisco Giants Game for the 2020 season, and get on the field and meet the players!

The lucky winners of this package will be hosted by NBC Sports reporter and KNBR host Bonnie-Jill Laflin.

With Bonnie-Jill you will enjoy access to the luxurious KNBR Suite, parking passes, and passes to batting practice where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the players on the field!

Package includes an autographed baseball from Bruce Bochy.



Waldorf Astoria


Weekend for Two at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Enjoy a two night stay in a Superior Room at the incomparable Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and two 60 minute spa treatments at the exquisite La Prairie Spa!

An urban oasis in one of the world’s most glamorous cities, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is perfectly set where Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards meet. This elegant hotel represents the best in California lifestyle and luxury.

This package also includes a gift certificate at AOC Restaurant for $250.


Bay Area Fun for a Year

What an amazing collection!
This package includes tickets for SFJAZZ, Marin Shakespeare, and Freight & Salvage.

There’s also a San Francisco Zoo package with an exclusive behind the scenes tour, dining at Guesthouse (one of Marin’s best restaurants!), a gift certificate at Cooper Alley for a haircut, highlights and kerastase treatment, one month’s membership at Marin Fencing including four private lessons, and much more!


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An Evening with WildCare’s Veterinarian

Enjoy an evening at WildCare for eight guests with your hosts, Staff Veterinarian Juliana Sorem and Director of Communications Alison Hermance (our Gala’s MC!)

Ask questions! Hear amazing stories! Learn about the incredible lifesaving work done at WildCare every single day!As part of this very special evening, Dr. Juliana will do a presentation about working in wildlife medicine and the intricacies treating over 200 different species of animals.You’ll also indulge in fantastic wines, hors d’oeuvres, and a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the Wildlife Hospital.


Win One of These Spectacular Raffle Prizes!

Casa Cortez

Stay Seven Nights at the Beautiful Casa Cortez in Cabo!

Purchase raffle tickets at the Gala to win this seven night stay at the beautiful Casa Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

Raffle tickets will be 1 for $20, 3 for $50, or 10 for $100.

This centrally located seaside VIP property, the beautiful Casa Cortez, resides within the exclusive premier community of Playa Del Rey.

Situated atop a cliff overlooking the semi private beach of Playa del Rey, Casa Cortez provides spectacular first row views of the Sea of Cortez, and a perfect location for whale watching when in season.

Only minutes from downtown Cabo, Casa Cortez offers secluded luxury with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for you and your guests to enjoy.

Casa Cortez sleeps up to eight people and comes with a full housekeeping staff.

Our raffle prize is for seven nights (dates to be mutually agreed upon with the owner.) Explore Casa Cortez by clicking here.

Raffle ticket prices for Casa Cortez will be 1 for $20, 3 for $50, or 10 for $100!




Win a Collection of Amazing Wines

The members of WildCare’s Board of Directors have outdone themselves in creating this collection of extraordinary wines!

This collection includes hard-to-find bottles from Kistler, Ridge, DuMOL, Dom Perignon, Kukeri and many more, and ALL of these wines could be yours if you’re the lucky raffle winner!

Purchase raffle entries at Gala check-in for $100 each (only 55 tickets will be sold!) and prepare your wine cellar for an influx of amazing bottles!


_________Sponsorship OpportunitiesSponsor WildCare’s Gala and benefit from widespread publicity of this glamorous event! Various sponsorship levels are available.Click to download our Gala 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities (PDF).Presenting Sponsor $25,000

  • Twenty seats at two Premium Tables
  • Full-page advertisement in Gala program
  • Presenting signage during cocktail reception
  • Presenting recognition at event and in pre- and post-event collateral materials
  • Wildlife Hospital tour for twenty
  • Exclusive Party for 20 in Ambassador Courtyard with Wildlife Ambassador Encounter and
    Wildlife Hospital Tour.

_________Peregrine Falcon Sponsor $15,000

_________Swainson’s Hawk Sponsor $10,000

_________Red-shouldered Hawk Sponsor $5,000

_________Northern Harrier Sponsor $2,500

_________American Kestrel Sponsor $1,250

For more information, contact Ellyn Weisel at ellyn@discoverwildcare.org.

These items will be available for bidding ONLY at the WildCare Gala
on September 21, 2019!

Questions? Please contact Marian Eschen at marian@discoverwildcare.org