Sandy Pines’ Annual Jewelry Sale returns to in-person format

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre’s annual jewelry sale is returning for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. The event serves as one of the major fundraising efforts for the not-for-profit animal rehabilitation centre, and returns with its in-person format on Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. Submitted photos of some of the items available in this year’s sale, as well as Sandy Pines founder, Sue Meech standing at the facility’s roadside sign.

Speaking with those from Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (SPWC) in Napanee, the excitement over the return of in-person events is not only palpable, but also twofold.

Like everyone, those with the organization are thrilled to be able to see their supporters and members of the community up close and in real life again. But the second reason for the excitement is due to the potential funds that can be raised through in-person events.

Like many not-for-profit organizations, the animal rehabilitation facility has felt the effects the lack of in-person events has had on fundraising efforts throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with pandemic restrictions loosened, the organization is once again able to host such events – and just in time for one of their annual events favourited by many in the area.

“During the pandemic, we tried to raise money through several online jewelry sales, but the amount raised was a fraction of our in-person sales,” said Adrienne Shannon, co-ordinator of SPWC’s Annual Jewelry Sale.

With spring on the horizon and Valentine’s Day just days away, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for SPWC’s Annual Jewelry Sale. Taking place from Friday, Feb. 11 to Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, the event – now in its 17th year – will take place at the historic Westbrook United Church. There, hundreds of precious, semi-precious, and costume jewelry will be on display, perfect for those doing last-minute shopping for their valentine, or those looking to put a fresh spin on their wardrobe for 2022 with some new pieces.

“This will be SPWC’s first in-person fundraiser since the start of the COVID pandemic. We are so excited to be able to offer one of our much-loved fundraisers to our supporters again after all this time,” expressed Leah Birmingham, a Registered Veterinary Technician and Medical Director at SPWC.

“It will be great to see everyone, even though we are still in masks and social distancing!”

The collection of baubles on offer at the Jewelry Sale have been donated to Sandy Pines over the past year, and then clean, appraised, and sorted by SPWC’s volunteers. And while sparkling gemstones and objects d’art may be the focus of the coming event, the funds raised through it will be focused on a much-needed expansion at animal rehabilitation centre, those with SPWC explained.

Tiny baby rabbits, like this one, are among some of the infantile wildlife cared for at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. Funds raised through the Jewelry Sale will support SPWC’s new enclosures project, allowing them to care for even more animal patients. Submitted photo.

SPWC has continued to grow throughout the pandemic, setting yet another record of admissions in 2021 with nearly 6,500 wild animal patients treated at the facility. This has led to the need for more enclosures to help accommodate different species. Currently, SPWC is working on a large canid enclosure to house animal patients like foxes and coyotes more safely – a costly endeavour in the first place, but even more so with the continually-rising costs of construction materials.

“Sandy Pines always needs new enclosures to accommodate different species. We built a new aquatic center and this year a large Canid enclosure to house foxes and coyotes. Ever-increasing construction costs depend on these fundraisers,” Birmingham explained.

The 2022 Annual Jewelry Sale will take place at the Westbrook United Church, located at 3526 Princess Street, which is just a few-minute drive west past Collins Bay Road. The schedule for the event is:

  • Friday, Feb. 11: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 12: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 13: 12 to 5 p.m.

Additionally, a short concert will be held daily at 5 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday of the event. Featuring Canadian piano duo PALENAI in the church sanctuary, a good will donation of $10 is recommended to attend the performance.

While the event will be held in-person, COVID-19 Public Health protocols will remain in effect; masks will be required for entry to the event, and capacity limits will be followed.

For more information on Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre and the work the organization does to house, rehabilitate, and release ill or injured wild animals locally, visit their website at sandypineswildlife.org.

3 thoughts on “Sandy Pines’ Annual Jewelry Sale returns to in-person format

  • Very informative with great photos. Just wish Sandy Pines was closer. I realize we can donate online also. Good Luck with your sale.

  • Bottom image of bird release shows a bald eagle, not a peregrine falcon

    • Hi Skyler,
      I’ve looked into this and the bird in question is apparently a hawk. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
      -Tori Stafford

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