Bald Head Island Conservancy

Annual Silent Auction Offers Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences

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by Melissa Blackmon, Chief Development Officer

The Bald Head Island Conservancy had another successful July 4th Auction and Raffle.  We are always thankful to our supporters who donate items to the event and donors who have fun outbidding each other.  This annual tradition is a fantastic way to support our mission as We Discover, Learn, Conserve and Preserve.  

Many supporters, like Shannon Stober, enjoy the excitement that the auction brings this year, and sharing in the fun with their families.

“To us the auction is a great way to support the mission of the Conservancy and have something fun to show for that support,” says Shannon. “This year two of our granddaughters were having a sleepover with us the night we started looking at auction items. They convinced us to bid on some of the items and experiences that were offered.”

The Stober family was most excited about one item they purchased for their granddaughter, Ava.

“By far the favorite was the Employee for a Day experience.  Our oldest granddaughter was able to shadow the Conservancy educators for a day and came away with an up-close experience with animals that she would never get anywhere else.  Those memories will be priceless to her. She is also now trying to convince her parents to let her get a snake!?”

The Bald Head Island Conservancy’s Senior Educator, Jennifer Wiggeen, enjoys sharing these unique opportunities with our guests.

“We love providing a unique, curated experience for kids to see what it is like to work at the BHI Conservancy for a day! Getting to share our knowledge and enthusiasm for Bald Head Island with our young guests is one of the best parts of this job!”

The Stobers are excited to share their memories they have had with the Bald Head Island Conservancy and create new memories with their family.


Ava assists BHIC education intern Callie Moyers during the Reptile Round-Up program


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