LEHMAN TWP. - The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has announced that its second annual Wild Things Ball, “Wild Things 2014 - 1000 Cranes” will take place on Saturday September 20, at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford.
   The Ball will again support PEEC’s 21st Century Sustainability Campaign, which last year’s Ball launched so successfully.
   Jeff Rosalsky, PEEC’s executive director, noted, “We were delighted with the response to last year’s Ball, which was our organization’s first major fundraiser in its 40 year history.  We had great food and a great band, and as a result, everyone had a great time.  This year will be even better.” 
     Robbi Kumalo Ensemble, which played last year to great acclaim, will be back.  The Ball will take place five weeks earlier this year to avoid cool nights, and the theme, based on the Asian tradition of 1000 cranes, is new as well. 
  According to Japanese legend, cranes live a thousand years.  They therefore symbolize good health, good luck, long life, and – because they mate for life – fidelity and truth.  In Japan, cranes are “birds of happiness” and in Japanese tradition a crane will grant a wish to anyone with the patience and commitment to fold a thousand origami cranes (one for each of the bird’s years), because that person has shown the crane loyalty and recreated its beauty.
    Wild Things 2013 allowed PEEC to launch its 21st Century Sustainability Campaign.  PEEC has made material progress towards the Campaign’s goals as a result of the funds raised last year, and has plans for major improvements this year following Wild Things 2014. 
    Erica Cullman, PEEC board member and dinner committee member, stressed, “We want everyone in the community to join us at the party.  Our invitation mailing list is as complete as we have been able to make it, but we know that there are omissions, and we want everyone who supports PEEC, environmental education, and the Pike County Community to consider this a personal invitation to attend the Ball and celebrate with us.”
    PEEC’s mission is to advance environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park.  PEEC provides unique, year-round environmental experiences to families, school groups, scouts, and nature enthusiasts of all ages. The environmental center is located off Route 209 within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, in Dingmans Ferry  (Lehman Township). For more information call 570-828-2319 or visit PEEC at www.peec.org.