2017 6th Annual Athletes and Animals Bowling Fundraiser Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Apopka, FL – For the past 6th years this has been an annual event to raise money for the Florida Special Olympics and Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, which is hosted by Central Florida Stanley Steemer and WFTV 9 Family Connection. Plus, many more sponsors will be participating too. This event is taking place on Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 11am – 2pm, at Brunswick Wekiva Lane in Apopka.

At this time, there are no more available bowling lanes to register your team for this year’s event. However, there are other events taking place too . Next year it is recommended to sign-up in the late spring to register your team to bowl in this fundraiser. This is a fun popular community fundraising event.

Come cheer on the Special Olympics champion bowlers from Central Florida. These bowlers are practicing to make it to the State of Florida Special Olympics games. Also, come see WFTV on air personalities Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry verse Anchor Greg Warmoth battle it out on the bowling lanes. Who is going to take the trophy in this year’s bowling match? You’ll have to wait to find out. So come cheer them on.

Attendees can still participate without bowling in this fundraiser too. There is a silent auction on gift baskets filled with many goodies and services from a variety of area local businesses. Winners of the gift baskets will be announced at the end of the bowling awards. All winners must be present to accept their silent auction gift basket(s).

This is a pet friendly event. Attendees are welcome to bring their well-behaved dog into this bowling center. Please be aware that your dog must be friendly around other people and other pets too. Because of the loud noise from the bowling pins crashing, some pets don’t do well in this environment. Service dogs are always welcome to attend. Plus, there will also be a few dogs up for adoption at this event.

After all teams have completed there bowling games, awards are given out to the best bowlers. One must be present to receive their award and have your photo taken. The final amount of this fundraiser will be announced and money will be split evenly between Florida Special Olympics and Pet Alliance of Great Orlando. Last year this event raised $21,000 total. The event promoters plan to raise even more this year.

So come on down to this year’s event and have a great time. If you’re unable to make on this day, please make a donation today. They really could use your help. For more information go too http://steemteam.com/athletes-animals . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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Source of information from Gellner Enterprises LLC Stanley Steemer website

 

 

2017 Baby Owl Shower at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland

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Come down and bring the whole family for the Baby Owl Shower at the Audubon Center for Birds in Maitland on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10am – 2pm. Each Spring the Center holds its annual Baby Owl Shower to raise funds to offset the increased costs during baby season.  Join us for a day of activities plus special visits with the Center’s Ambassador birds. Non-releasable baby raptors will be available to view (pending).  Admission is “free” that day with an item from our wish list  that is used in caring for these young raptors.

Driving from Orlando to Maitland is only a short drive. Check your GPS for the best route. Due to the popularity of this event we encourage carpooling.  Offsite parking will be available at St. Lawrence AME Church located at 549 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville, FL 32751 is just a $5 donation.

This day would not be possible without the participating community sponsors from Orange Audubon Society, Art & History Museums-Maitland, Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society/Pine Lily Chapter Native plant society, UCF Entomology Club, Maitland Public Library

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The reason why the Audubon Center host this event every year to raise money and collect supplies to help support the new birds coming into this world. Spring is coming and with it brings baby bird season.  During “baby season,” as the Center calls it, the clinic receives approximately 20% of our annual patient load.  Most of these young birds have been temporarily displaced from their nests. The Center’s ultimate goal is to get all these babies back into the wild where they belong.  Many of these babies will be reunited with their families or placed in foster nests. Others that are orphaned or that cannot be returned with their families are being raised and prepared for life in the wild.  Center staff spends many hours educating the public on what to do if they find a baby bird and if the bird is in need of help.  The best procedure is to get the baby back up into the nest with its parents if at all possible.

Funds raised will be used to buy food, medications, medical care and other essential supplies.  To give you an idea of what it takes to care for these youngsters, a typical season looks like this:

  • FOOD…287 pounds of fish, 148 quail, 595 chicks, 679 mice, 93 rats, 5000 crickets and 4000 mealworms.  We went through 2 knives and three pairs of scissors cutting it all up into baby-size portions!
  • HYDRATION…12,000ml of fluids were administered.
  • CLEAN-UP…we washed 956 baby blankets and used 150 pounds of newspaper.
  • LABOR…500+ volunteer hours were donated to rescue, feed, clean cages and care for the babies.

The Audubon Center needs your help!  Please donate to help these birds get back into their natural habitat. For more information go to http://fl.audubon.org/chapters-centers/baby-owl-shower . Contact the Center at 407-644-0190 for more details or if you have questions.

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Source of information from the Audubon Florida website