Thank You for making IDA-Africa's 5th Annual Gala a Wonderful Success!
Saturday, September 12th was a lovely evening filled with friends, fun, compassion and dedication! Hosted at the exclusive University Club in downtown Portland, friends and family of the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center came together to celebrate the sanctuary and help to ensure the future of our special residents as well as the free-living chimpanzees of the beautiful surrounding Mbargue forest!
Highlights included a heartwarming presentation by founder, director and author Dr. Sheri Speede with classic footage from the early days of the sanctuary, and the English translation of our children’s book Je Protège les Chimpanzés (I Protect the Chimpanzees), a fundamental component of our education program in the schools of Cameroon.
We are very excited and thankful to have raised crucial funds for enclosure expansion at the sanctuary and forest protection for one of the most endangered sub-species of chimpanzees!
We were thrilled to welcome back our favorite Fundraising Auctioneer, Laura Michalek and the engaging Amanda Westbrooke, Mistress of Ceremonies!
Most importantly it was our guests who truly made the evening magical as together we took a vivid journey to the sanctuary to celebrate our triumphs and share our vision for the future!
Thank you to our IDA-Africa friends and family for your continued kindness and compassion! Our work is only possible through the support of dedicated people like you who want to make a difference in the lives of great apes now and in the future!
(Photos courtesy of Carol Yarrow and Audrey Goodrich)