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Last year a great horned owl nested in a dead tree in the Glen. (photo by Pat Perry)

Dinner to support the creatures that ask ‘Whoo Cooks for You?’

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So far this year avian healer Bette Ross has assessed about 121 predator birds for injury or illness at the Glen Helen Raptor Center. She’s treated great horned owls with West Nile virus, an eagle that crashed into a power line, a red shouldered hawk injured in a hail storm, and just about every other illness and trauma that befall birds of prey. While residents from around the region know that the Raptor Center has been rehabilitating birds and helping to educate school children about the natural world since 1970, they may not realize that the operation would not survive without support from those who care about it.

This month, the Glen will host the second annual Whoo Cooks for You? fundraiser dinner for the Raptor Center on Sunday, Sept. 11. The event features chefs from five of the area’s top restaurants who will jointly plan and prepare a six-course meal using local produce, wine and beer paired with the flavors of the region’s harvest. The event includes old timey tunes by The Corndrinkers and a special presentation and tour of the Raptor Center. There will also be a drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to each of the restaurants.

The featured chefs are Margo Blondet of Sidebar (Dayton), Carrie Walters of Dorothy Lane Market (Dayton), Doug McGregor of Seasons (Springfield), Elizabeth Wiley of Meadowlark (Dayton), and Mary Kay Smith and Kim Korkan of The Winds Café and Bakery (Yellow Springs).

The dinner gets its name from the classic call of the barred owls – whoo cooks for you?, and all proceeds will support the center that cares for the other raptors like them. Tickets are $150 per person, and seating is limited. A portion of the ticket price qualifies as a charitable donation. To R.S.V.P., call 937-769-1902 ext. 101, or e-mail







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