Save the date: Get ‘in the pink’ for February Trailgate Party

Register to attend Get in the Pink today!

Make plans now to attend the second annual “Ding” Darling Trailgate Party on February 21, 2014.  Strategies are underway to make this another one-of-a-kind evening and the event of the season. 
With a portion of the event proceeds going to support continued mangrove cuckoo research and other education and research efforts at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the theme this year is “In the Pink,” in homage to “Ding’s” iconic bird, the roseate spoonbill.
Last year’s inaugural “Cuckoo for ‘Ding’” Trailgate Party took its theme from the mangrove cuckoo research study being conducted at the refuge.
“So the roseate spoonbill will be the second of our Big 5 birds we are featuring,” said Birgie Vertesch, Executive Director of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), which hosts the event. “It’s part of our forthcoming video and social media campaign, where we invite birders to find their Big 5 – that is, their favorite and our most sought-after – coastal birds at the Refuge.”
The Trailgate Party will take place at the Refuge and include live entertainment and silent and live auctions to provide support where government funding falls short for the refuge.
“In Southwest Florida, we have a calendar chock full of community events, but the ‘Ding’ Trailgate Party is becoming the one not to miss,” said Society board president John McCabe. “Taking place under a tent and having truck tailgates as serving tables, it’s a fun, laid-back, island-style party with good food, live music, and unique auction items.” 
Auction items already on the table include an original, framed “Ding” Darling cartoon from 1937 commenting on the stock market, and his and her artist-painted, island-themed bicycles.
“Seating is limited and we anticipate a sold-out crowd ,” said event committee member and DDWS vice president Doris Hardy. We encourage people to contact us if they would like to receive an invitation.”   
Event sponsorships are available; for more information, contact Birgie Miller Vertesch at 239.292.0566.
Attendance to the February 21 event is by reservation only. Tickets to In the Pink for “Ding” Trailgate Party are $75 each. For more information, or to receive an invitation, call 239-292-0566 or click here to register.