2018 Buffalo Tro

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Friday, Oct. 12 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Buffalo tro - Steaks

You're invited to join us at Touch of Nature’s annual signature fundraiser, the Buffalo Tro! 

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Now in its eighth year, this event raises funds to enhance our facilities and services at Touch of Nature in order to offer the best to our customers and visitors. You’ll enjoy appetizers and refreshments from southern Illinois businesses, and have an opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction and live auction items. 

While the Buffalo Tro is all about enjoying an evening of great people, food and music at Touch of Nature, it’s also about how your support helps our four main programming areas: Therapeutic RecreationEnvironmental EducationAdventure Education and our Facilities and Services.  Thank you for your generosity in keeping this jewel of Southern Illinois University thriving for many years to come.      


  • Cost per person is $60 each.  A table of eight costs $440 by September 24.  
  • Cost AFTER September 24 is $70.00 per person.  A table of eight $520.  
  • The price includes appetizers, alcoholic beverages, dinner and dessert.  All dinners include salad, baked potato, hot bread and dessert.  Vegetarian and other special diet options available upon request. 
  • Fair market value per meal is $30.00.   

For questions, please contact Paula Feigenbaum:  paulaf@siu.edu | 618/453-1121.

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We'll be honoring John Cavaletto and Hank Schafermeyer with special dedications the day of the Buffalo Tro. 

John Cavaletto

Rep. John Cavaletto

Illinois State Representative John Cavaletto has a relationship with both Touch of Nature and the Special Olympics.  During the 50s and 60s, he and his future wife Connie, either worked at Camp Little Giant or helped train students throughout the state of Illinois to work with children and adults with Down syndrome, and physical or mental disabilities. John will retire from public service this year.  To thank him for his dedication, Touch of Nature will rename our student intern house, "the Red House" to "the Cavaletto House" on Friday, Oct. 12.  

The dedication will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Cavaletto House with lunch to follow in the Friends Room.  The public is invited to support for John's many years of service.

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Hank Schafermeyer

Hank Schafermeyer

In 1969, Hank Schafermeyer, then an SIU graduate student and with the help of Tony Calabrese started the Underway Adventures Program.  Underway is modeled after the Outward Bound Program offering youth and adults a taste of rock climbing, high ropes courses, team building, and other outdoor activities.  Unfortunately, we lost Hank to cancer in December of last year.

To acknowledge his legacy, the Camp 1 Dining Hall will be named Schafermeyer Hall at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.  Shafermeyer will also be honored during the Buffalo Tro gala that evening.  

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