On November 10, 2011, Save the Chimps celebrated its 3rd Annual Chimps’ Kitchen fundraiser at the lovely Cobalt Restaurant at the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa raising nearly $60,000.00!
Nearly 250 regional business and community leaders, as well as animal lovers from across the country, attended to sample delicious vegetarian hor d’ ouevers generously donated by local chefs, bid on a wide array of auction items, and sip on Chocolate Banana Martinis. The evening could not have been more magical thanks to Mother Nature and the bright full moon shining on the ocean backdrop.
“We were thrilled with the tremendous outpouring of support we’ve received from the community,”said Philip Flynn III, Executive Director of Save the Chimps.
“This was our 3rd Annual Chimps Kitchen event and it was a huge success in helping us attain our fundraising goal. Equally as important was our ability to raise awareness about our mission to provide and build support for the permanent sanctuary and lifelong care of chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade.”
Save the Chimps Board of Directors and leadership staff had the pleasure of meeting supporters and sharing stories about our beloved residents. Guests also had the unique opportunity to set their eyes upon an actual 5x5x7 foot steel cage that housed many of our residents prior to being rescued. Original chimp art from Cheetah and others lined the wall and were available for auction.
Funds raised from the event will be applied towards the Special Needs Housing Facility – a secure, enriched, enclosed area suitable for long-term housing of chimpanzees with special needs. The majority of Save the Chimps’ residents are housed on 3-acre islands in large social groups. However, because of individual medical or social needs possibly due to years of testing, an island environment is not suitable for all chimps. Cheetah is one of those residents.
Board co-chair Jason North welcomed guests and presented Event Chairs Laura Guttridge & Sharon Flinchum with certificates of Appreciation for all their efforts on behalf of STC.
Long Time supporter and Board Member, Sarah Haney, generously donated a $5,000 to the Special Needs Facility. Click here to view more photos
“Our ability to have compassion and care about the fate of these magnificent beings is in part what makes us human; indeed it is directly related to our own humanity. ”
~ Laura Guttridge, Event Chair
Special thanks to our local chefs who participated, our Cobalt family, our Event Chairs – Laura Guttridge & Sharon Flinchum, our auction donors & to everyone who attended.
It was a perfect evening and we have YOU to thank!!
See you next year!