"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society's support of annual and one-time events is two-fold: education and fundraising.
Our big annual "Ding" Darling Day takes place mid-October to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and the birthday of our namesake, Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling. It kicks off with an all-FREE Sunday Family Fun Day and culminates with a Saturday Conservation Art Day.
In May, our "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament both educates and supports the Refuge. Generous sponsors and silent auction donors help us raise more than $100,000 each year while we further conservation awareness in the "catch, care, release" competition.
We hold our biggest annual fundraiser each February. Go Wild for "Ding" brings supporters and friends together for an evening of live entertainment, local restaurant delicacies, and silent and live auctions.
Click HERE for a full monthly event calendar.