Celebrate the Aquarium of Niagara's 16th annual fundraising event "Winds Waves & Wines", at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. The proceeds from this year's wine and food paring event will go towards the capital campaign "Join Our Journey".
There will be a chance to bid on great trips and merchandise including a one-week, all-inclusive trip for four to Mexico, a helicopter tour over Niagara Falls, jewelry, a round of golf, and more. All donated by Friends of the Aquarium. Also that night is the drawing for the Aquarium's mega raffle winner. Everyone who buys a mega raffle ticket has a one in 30 chance of winning $10,000.
The Aquarium of Niagara is one of only 20 institutions in North America to house, care and feature threatened Humboldt penguins. Phase I of "Join Our Journey" plans to feature a new Humboldt penguin exhibit, interactive classroom and encounter room. The new exhibit will include a 4-ft. deep pool with above and below water viewing that will encourage penguins to dive as they do in the wild, terraced rock ledges and one-and-a-half thick tempered glass for increased safety and temperature control.
The new educational and encounter classroom will be fully accessible for people with disabilities. It will incorporate state-of-the-art technology including smart boards, lab equipment, computers and teleconferencing. The classroom space will also serve as an animal encounter room to afford visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see these flightless birds up close.
"We are confident these enhanced animal encounters will provide a unique and strong educational experience immersing our visitors into the new habitat," said Gay Molnar, executive director, Aquarium of Niagara. "Winds Waves and Wines is designed to put the �fun' back in fundraiser, and our visitors are sure to enjoy it and experience the Aquarium for the important asset it is."