In 2004, a group of community leaders came together to create a new organization dedicated to supporting the Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital. Chartered as the Treasure Coast Wildlife Foundation, this 501(c)(3) charity has the long term purpose of serving as the fund-raising arm of the Wildlife Center and managing and investing donations received. In the shorter term, the Foundation will spearhead the capital campaign effort and other fund-raising activities to support the construction of the new Center and ensure the ongoing operations of the Hospital.
Serving as the organization’s founding board members were: Sue Hershey, President; Terrence McCarthy, Vice-President; Jeff Weber, Treasurer; Tobin Overdorf, Secretary; Glenn Hess; and Tom McNicholas. RuthAnn Vega has now replaced Jeff Weber as Treasurer and the Board has welcomed Scott Ecleston and James Haugk to membership.An anonymous donor has already gifted the Foundation with one million dollars. Set up as an endowment, earnings from this fund now help support the ongoing operational expenses of the Wildlife Hospital.