5K walk/run benefits Silt wildlife foundation
SILT, Colorado – If you care about wildlife and you like to be outdoors, you might want to set some time aside Saturday morning to participate in a 5K walk/run that will benefit Nanci Limbach’s nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center south of Silt.The benefit will raise money to help buy food for the animals, which Limbach rehabilitates and turns back into the wild. She has between 50 and 100 animals at a time, ranging in species from bears, fox, deer and fawns to crows and ravens.”If it wasn’t for Nanci, these animals would be put down,” said Sandy Burns, a volunteer at the center, who mapped out the route for the walk/run.But it’s expensive to feed all the critters – about $58,000 per year. Limbach herself is still financially recovering from an incident in May 2007 in which a power surge of 69,000 volts gutted their home after an oversized energy development truck clipped a power line. Nobody has assumed responsibility for the incident, and the Limbachs are still fighting with the insurance company.The walk/run will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Stoney Ridge ball park behind the old Roy Moore Elementary School in Silt. The route will go through the Eagles View, Stoney Ridge and Mesa View subdivisions. A silent auction will follow at the Silt Fire Station, 611 Main St.Registration in advance for the walk/race is $15. Registration can also be done on the morning of the race between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at the park for $20. All proceeds will go to the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, which Limbach set up to fund the center. To register, call Burns at 876-2081. Those who wish to send in donations may send them to the P.S.S. Wildlife Foundation, 1410 Ballard Ave., Silt, CO 81652. Those interested in donating items for the silent auction can call Ted Devlin at 625-2164.
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