Support the Sanctuary: Hawk Mountain’s Benefit for Birds Online Auction and In-Person Gala

Posted on April 15, 2022 in Giving

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s annual Benefit for Birds Spring Campaign and Online Auction will start on Thursday, May 12 and bidding will continue through Thursday, June 30. A new and improved in-person Gala kicks off the online auction on May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Folino Estate Winery in Kutztown.

Local small businesses, restaurants, and artists have gifted unique, handmade items and experiences that can be bid on virtually through Greater Giving. It is the Sanctuary’s fourth year using the platform to operate the online auction.

The gala will be an evening of mingling, delicious hors d'oeuvres, live music, and raptor encounters. In addition, a live auction will give attendees exclusive access to bid on featured items and events. “Attending is a must for those wanting to bid on experiences like a private, guided hawkwatching day and much more,” says Tammy Jandrasitz-Bodey, event coordinator.

Previously, the benefit has been virtual due to COVID 19, but it had sold out for nine years before that. “After two years of having an online-only auction, bringing back an in-person event is a great way to meet friends in person and support a great organization,” Tammy explains.  

When attending, guests will celebrate the Sanctuary’s supporters and members with the friendly faces of Hawk Mountain staff. Gala guests will also hear from President Sean Grace as he welcomes attendees and gives Hawk Mountain updates with a brief speech.

“This year’s gala is extra special because we are re-envisioning the event, moving away from a traditional sit-down dinner to focusing more on mingling with wine and hors d'oeuvres at a new venue, and getting to know others in and around the organization,” explains President Sean Grace. “This is a conservation celebration you do not want to miss!”

Details about the online auction can be found at, and the bidding page can be found there shortly before its launch. Visit to browse the 2022 Benefit for the Birds Online Auction once the auction is live in May. The online auction platform is intuitive and accessible to anyone with a laptop or mobile device. Hawk Mountain staff will also be available for assistance and troubleshooting during the gala. 

To receive an official invitation or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Tammy Jandrasitz-Bodey at [email protected].

For over 85 years, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has remained the largest member-funded raptor conservation organization in the world. Continue to help us soar by showing your support for this year’s Benefit for Birds!