January 22, 2013
Lees-McRae College receives $1,500 gift from Sustainability For Generations to Come for the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute

Lees-McRae College is pleased to announce that in December 2012 Sustainability For Generations to Come (SFGC) gave a $1,500 gift in support of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, which is an integral part of the college's wildlife rehabilitation program.

"We are pleased to support Lees-McRae College and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute,"� said SFCG partner, Mark Harrill. "Through scientific research and their wildlife rehabilitation and community educational programs, the Institute is doing important work to conserve the wildlife of our region."�

SFGC is a western North Carolina organization formed to support the preservation of open lands and conservation efforts in the mountain region. Their partners are Mark Harrill and Tommy Soffield of Boone, Tim Campbell of Dillsboro, Jeff Murphy of Waynesville, and R.K. Whitehead of Gainesville, Ga.

"We are grateful for the support of SFGC,"� said Caroline Hart, vice president for advancement. "Gifts such as this one help give our students the tools they need to continue their work, which benefits not only the local community, but the wildlife research community at large."�

Wildlife rehabilitation has existed for many years as one of Lees-McRae's most distinct programs. Educational operations and animal care are now centrally located in the newly constructed Daniel and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This premier facility features a separate lecture space, a multipurpose work room, and a quarantine and intensive care unit for animals. Each year, students receive hands-on training while caring for more than 1,000 animals of various species with a variety of ailments.

For more information on donating to Lees-McRae College, please contact Caroline Hart, vice president for advancement, at 828-898-5241.

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