Bear Benefit raises about $11,000 for Wildlife Center

Katherine Eagleson, executive director of The Wildlife Center with a rescued red-tail hawk from The Wildlife Center. (Photo by Stacie Ewing)
Katherine Eagleson, executive director of The Wildlife Center with a rescued red-tail hawk from The Wildlife Center. (Photo by Stacie Ewing)

Eagle Nest residents and visitors pitched to raise up to $11,oo0 for The Wildlife Center in Española during the annual Bear Benefit Saturday (June 18).

“All in all it was a huge success!” said Stacie Ewing, who organizes the event every year with help from husband Bill and others in the community. “We raised $6,600 dollars at the event, not including what was already collected by The Wildlife Center before the event was held… Total should be estimated at $11,000.

“We had vendors, a pie eating contest, pie auction, quilt raffle, Alpacas from the Eagle Nest Alpaca Ranch and our live music was provided by Colfax County Commissioner Landon Newton. There were some awesome ribs! The dinner was flavorful and delicious. Lowes Grocery Store in Angel Fire along with Chris Balizan donated the ribs and chicken that was provided Mark Gunter from Pit Master’s Bar-B-Que fame attended the rib cook-off and has already signed up to return next year as well. We gave away some nice prizes and had some great auction items donated by local artists, store owners and craftsmen. 

“June 17, 2017 is the scheduled date for next year’s event and we will plan for more vendors, activities and fun.”

A few years back a mother bear died leaving an orphaned cub in Eagle Nest. Locals immediately rallied to provide for its care and feeding at the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española. Ewing and others organized the first-ever “Bear Benefit” with the goal of helping the New Mexico Wildlife Center provide for rescued bears and other animals.