Fundraiser may keep aviary aflutter

Individuals, businesses and wineries have contributed items for a silent auction.

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WALLA WALLA - The first formal fundraiser in decades for the Pioneer Park Aviary will take place Saturday when a benefit dance and auction are held at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose St.

The event, sponsored by Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary, is probably the first major fundraiser for the facility since it was built in 1982, when the Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club raised more than $90,000 to build the facility.

"It's for the Birds! An impromptu fundraiser to help save the Pioneer Park Aviary" will include appetizers and live music. But it's the silent auction that event organizers think will be the biggest draw.

"I am incredibly amazed at what people are donating; the response has been just incredible," volunteer auction coordinator Tammie Neve said, noting that almost every business asked donated something. And every single winery that was solicited donated wine, and in some instances entire cases.

"I haven't had anybody say no yet," she added.

Jewelry and locally created artwork will also make up much of the auction items, and more items are expected to be added throughout the week.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door; at Mandrakes, 212 E. Main St.; or at the Walla Walla tourism booth, 26 E. Main St.

People wishing to donate items can contact Neve at 540-9886.

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