Painting from Daily Show green room in Wildlife Center of Virginia auction

Viper Snake October 2014On Saturday, November 1, the Wildlife Center of Virginia will host its 30th annual Gala and Benefit Auction.  Proceeds from the evening support the work of the Wildlife Center, one of the nation’s leading hospitals for wild animals.

The highlight of this year’s auction is a painting – Viper Snake – that comes from The Daily Show, the hit Comedy Central show hosted by Jon Stewart.

Viper Snake was created by Jody Morlock, an accomplished New York City artist and the long-time make-up artist for The Daily Show.  Viper Snake hung on the walls of The Daily Show “Green Room” – the room where guests wait before going on-air.

In mid-December 2013, Viper Snake itself made an appearance on a Daily Show broadcast.  The stars of Anchorman 2 – Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd – were Daily Show guests and came onto the set with “gifts” they had borrowed from the Green Room, including Viper Snake.

The painting is acrylic, with embedded Swarovski crystals; the framed piece measures 23 inches by 32 inches.

Like all of the items in the Center’s auctions, Viper Snake was donated – not purchased from The Daily Show or a middleman.

Additional items to be offered in the Center’s 2014 auction include:

  • A South African photo safari
  • Naming rights for a resident Peregrine Falcon
  • Vacation stays on the Outer Banks and Cape Cod
  • An array of quilts, jewelry, and wildlife photographs

A preview of items for the auction is available online, at http://wildlifecenter.org/news_events/news/2014-gala-auction-items

The November 1 event will be held at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton.  The event is open to the public.  The Center is also accepting absentee bids on auction items.

Every year, about 2,600 animals – ranging from Bald Eagles to Black Bear cubs to hummingbirds and chipmunks – are brought to the Wildlife Center for care.  The goal of the Center is “to treat to release” – to restore patients to health and return as many as possible to the wild.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is an internationally acclaimed teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine.  Since its founding in 1982, the nonprofit Center has cared for more than 65,000 wild animals, representing 200 species of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.  The Center’s public education programs share insights gained through the care of injured and orphaned wildlife, in hopes of reducing human damage to wildlife.

In July 2011, the Center launched Critter Cam, which allows wildlife enthusiasts around the world to watch a variety of Center patients.  Patients that are currently “featured” on one of the three Critter Cam feeds are Barred Owl, Eastern Screech-Owls, Great Horned Owls, Bald Eagles, a Common Raven, and two Wildlife Center permanent residents – Buddy, a Bald Eagle, and Buttercup, a Black Vulture.  A link to Critter Cam, and additional information about the Wildlife Center, may be found at www.wildlifecenter.org.


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