Event Details


April 19th, 2015


4:00 pm ~ 7:00 pm


Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

About the Wolves

Historically, thousands of wolves roamed wild throughout North America. During the 19th and 20th centuries, as the human population grew, people began to compete with wolves for game and habitat. Wolves were also viewed as pests and vermin and were slaughtered by the thousands. As a result, wolves virtually disappeared from the American west.

Our Mission

See why we work hard

Literally hanging on by a paw, the Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered mammal in North America and the most endangered wolf in the world. There are less than 110 left in the wild, and these few are trying to recover in wilderness areas in Arizona and New Mexico.

Dinner With Wolves hopes to show the residents of Arizona how their support can save this special animal within our state boundaries.

Thank you for your support.

Wolf Haters

Please check out this recent New York Times article that highlights some of the sad realities faced by wolves today.

The federal government removed the gray wolf from the endangered list in the Northern Rocky Mountains in 2011, essentially leaving wolves’ fates in the hands of state fish-and-game departments, hunters and ranchers. The predictable happened: hunting resumed, and the wolf population fell. In states like Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, an age-old antipathy to wolves flourishes, unchecked.

In Idaho, two recent developments have alarmed those who want to protect wolves and see them not as vermin, but as predators necessary for a healthy ecosystem.

First was the hiring, by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, of a hunter to travel into federal wilderness to eliminate two wolf packs. The reason: wolves kill elk, and humans want to hunt elk. Normally the agency would just rely on hunters to kill the wolves, but because the area where these packs roam — in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness — is remote, the agency decided it would be more efficient to bring in a hired gun. A photo last week in The Idaho Statesman showed the hunter, Gus Thoreson, astride a horse, with three pack mules, looking like a modern-day Jeremiah Johnson.

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US Fish & Wildlife Service

The latest on the efforts from the US Fish & Wildlife Service


The Mexican wolf is the smallest, southern-most occurring, rarest, and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America. Once common throughout portions of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, Mexican wolf populations were all but eliminated from the United States and Mexico by the 1970s as a result of increasing conflicts with livestock operations and other human activities. The Mexican wolf, a subspecies of gray wolf, was listed as endangered in 1976…

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Dinner with Wolves Sponsorships


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Benefit for Defenders of Wildlife and Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Primary Sponsor


Beta Wolf Sponsor

Morning Star Ventures

Tour Sponsor

Discount Payment Services

Individual Tickets


$250 ticket price includes:

  • Transportation to and from the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
  • Cocktail reception and dinner
  • Guided tour of the center to see resident Mexican Grey Wolves, as well as bears, leopards, coyotes and more
  • Silent auction

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Checks can be mailed to My Sisters’ Charities, 4025 N. 44th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018.

Corporate-Level Sponsorships

Alpha Wolf Sponsor


  • Includes 10 premier seats
  • Logo on the website
  • Full page ad in the program

Beta Wolf Sponsor


  • Includes 6 premier seats
  • Logo on the website
  • 1/2 page ad in the program

Pup Sponsor


  • Includes 3 premier seats
  • Logo on the website
  • 1/4 page ad in the program

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Other Sponsorships

Yappy Hour Sponsor


  • Highlighted as a sponsor during the cocktail hour at the SWCC

Bus Sponsor


  • Highlighted as a sponsor during the the round-trip bus ride to the SWCC

Tour Sponsor


  • Highlighted as a sponsor during the tour and presentation at the SWCC

Adopt a Lobo


  • Plaque on the Lobo cage at SWCC for 1 year
  • Logo on the website

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Sponsorship Form

Please fill out the form below and a representative from Dinner with Wolves will be in contact with you shortly.

Individual Tickets

Corporate-Level Sponsorships

Other Sponsorships

 I would like to donate the following to the silent auction for Dinner With Wolves

Silent Auction

  • $125 Grassroots Kitchen & Tap gift card
  • $40 Windsor restaurant gift card donated by Ann Siner
  • $200 Rancho Pinot gift card donated by Ann Siner
  • $100 My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic and Well Suited gift card donated by Ann Siner
  • Pair of Devon Leigh earrings donated by Ann Siner
  • Three month Family Village Choice membership to Village Heath Clubs & Spas, including enrollment fees
  • One hour massage to Village Health Clubs & Spas
  • $100 gift card to Sierra Bonita Catering
  • Horse ride and hike into Mexican Grey Wolf Country donated by Defenders of Wildlife
  • Jeep Tour in Cave Creek for 2 donated by Beth Ballmann
  • Full hair makeover, value up to $300 donated by Beth Ballmann
  • Beaded wolf bracelet donated by Beth Ballmann
  • $25 gift card to Don & Charlie’s
  • Artwork by Jan Taylor: http://jantaylorart.com
  • Gift certificate for 2 with Johnny Ringo’s Carefree Adventures, Arizona’s most exciting desert and mountain jeep tours. Value $200. http://www.carefreeadventures.com
  • Gift certificate from Morningstar Ventures for an Executive Assessment worth $450. http://morningstarventures.com
  • 4 nights/5 days Telluride condo – value between $700-$1,500 depending on time of year. http://vacationtelluride.com/property-info/1bedroom-skiresort-mtnvillage.html#description
  • Antique silver and turquoise Indian-made earrings donated by Dita Couch.
  • $200 Gift Card to Neiman Marcus
  • $100 Gift Card to The Second Story Liquor Bar


Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.


Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is a major national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. They believe in the inherent value of wildlife and the natural world, and this singular focus defines our important niche in the environmental and conservation community and serves as the anchor for our organizational values.

Defenders’ approach is direct and straightforward – They protect and restore imperiled species throughout North America by transforming policies and institutions and promoting innovative solutions – and this approach makes a lasting difference for wildlife and its habitat…

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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Saving our wildlife, one life at a time.


Southwest Wildlife rescues and rehabilitates wildlife that has been injured, displaced, and orphaned. Once rehabilitated, they are returned to the wild. Wildlife education includes advice on living with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems. Educational and humane scientific research opportunities are offered in the field of conservation medicine.  Sanctuary is provided to animals that cannot be released back to the wild.

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Places for Wolves: A Blueprint for Restoration and Long-Term Recovery from Defenders of Wildlife

In 1999, Defenders published Places for Wolves: A Blueprint for Restoration and Long-Term Recovery in the Lower 48 States. The publication provided an assessment of the ecological regions that could support wolves and recommendations on policies and strategies to facilitate recovery in these areas. Based on studies showing significantly more habitat suitable for wolves in the contiguous United States, we published an updated version in 2006. Now we release a third version, this time in a new format designed to keep pace with research, politics, laws and other fast-breaking developments that affect wolves and our work. This new Places for Wolves lays the foundation for our wolf recovery and restoration goals by setting forth the ecological, ethical, cultural and economic reasons why protecting and restoring wolves is important. Our wolf recovery vision, goals, the science behind them and specific regional restoration recommendations are covered in a companion series of fact sheets that can be updated as needed to reflect our efforts to assure the continued survival of wolves.

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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center featured on PBS

Return of the Wolves: The Next Chapter, a new documentary, will be broadcast on our local Channel Eight, Arizona PBS this month. It’s narrated by Peter Coyote, and explores both sides of the heated issue of wolf reintroduction and examines the role of the wolf in Yellowstone, the West and the Southwest. Southwest Wildlife is featured in the portion about Mexican gray wolves.

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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience That Can’t Be Bought…. Except For One Night:

Make your pledge today to safeguard the Mexican gray wolf, one of the most endangered mammals in North America, and cherish a once-in-a-lifetime Dinner with Wolves at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center on April 19, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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How Wolves Change Rivers

They brought wolves to Yellowstone, but they had no idea this would be the result.

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Billionaire’s Bid to Save Rare Wolves Ends Up on the Brink of Extinction

Supporters of the endangered Mexican gray wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Tuesday demanded that state commissioners reverse their recent decision to close down a wolf recovery program.

The program, which has operated for 17 years at a New Mexico ranch owned by billionaire media mogul Ted Turner, has successfully released around 100 of the nearly extinct wolves back into the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called Ladder Ranch and two other prerelease facilities “integral” to Mexican wolf recovery efforts.

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