A Great Day for Education, Support and Fun!
Our 2nd Annual Garuda Gala Fundraiser took place on Saturday, June 22, 2013, and what a great day it was!
The weather was perfect and over 200 visitors attended our Gala this year. Many of our guests were first time visitors and everyone crowded around the outdoor flight cage to see the flock and learn firsthand about why we exist as a lifelong sanctuary for abused, neglected and abandoned companion Parrots. (Click on any image to see a larger version.)
Our Director of Avian Care, Rigdzen Zeoli spent the entire afternoon answering questions and sharing his knowledge and expertise about these magnificent birds and our mission at Garuda Aviary. Many expressed disbelief upon learning that the lifespan of Parrots can be from 50 – 100 years old and that most outlive their owners, that their emotional intelligence is similar to that of a 3 year old human toddler and about the cruelty and inhumanity of the illegal Parrot Trade.
Up on the front porch, our educational video played in a continuous loop, while visitors enjoyed our Bake Sale, a delicious outdoor BBQ Lunch and the melodious sounds of “Crosswinds”, who played an mix of hits from the 50’s and onward.
Parents were able to relax and enjoy the Live Music, while the children participated in supervised arts and crafts on the picnic table on the front lawn.
“The Healers Touch” offered beautiful jewelry for sale and detailed artistic Face Painting for children of all ages.
Our welcome table provided visitors with opportunities to become a volunteer at Garuda Aviary and several people expressed interest to sign up to receive our online newsletter “Flock Talk”, and to learn more about our mission.
The Gala is our Annual Fundraiser and we are thankful for the support and generosity of our many contributors! You are making a huge difference in the lives of the birds.
If you were unable to attend the Gala, and would like to make a donation, please consider doing so now. We invite you to consider making a regular monthly donation to support our mission. To make a donation NOW, please click on the link below. In closing, all we can say is “Tweet-Tweet-Tweet”- that’s bird speak for “Thank You Very Much”!
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