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Wild for Wildwood

01: Becky Helmus, Wildwood Director, and Tina Person, Wildwood Assistant Director.

The beloved Wildwood School is an environmental preschool nestled in the woods a few miles from town up Independence Pass. The school’s environmental arts curriculum coupled with a wondrous mountain setting amidst beaver ponds, nature trails and forests of pine and willows, encourages children to explore and experience nature and animals right at their doorstep. For more than 40 years, the Wildwood “family” has been growing strong with many of its early graduates now parents of young Wildwooders.

To support the school’s programs, they hosted a fundraiser on Friday, May 1, with a Casino Night at the Caribou Club. Miles Angelo, executive chef at the Caribou, served delicious dishes while Woody Creek Distillers poured Lucky Lady Rhubarb Martinis. Guests tried their luck at black jack, poker, craps and roulette for a chance to win the grand prize — a one year membership to the Caribou Club.

Auctioneers John Sarpa and Chris Klug rallied the live auction crowd to bid on priceless adventures including a private bike ride for five with TeJay van Garderen (a future Wildwood parent) and his wife, Jessica Phillips (a Wildwood graduate), and a booze cruise consisting of a ride with a dozen friends on the infamous Wildwood School Bus to Woody Creek Distillers for a private tour and tasting, followed by a ride to Rustique Bistro for a three-course dinner in their private dining room. The event also featured hundreds of silent auction items donated from the generous community. Following on the success of this year’s event, plans for next spring’s Casino Night are already in discussion.

Learn more about Wildwood by visiting http://www.wildwoodschool.org.