VERO BEACH — Save the Chimps invites you to Chimps Kitchen: A Celebrity Chef Tasting event, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa’s Cobalt Shoreline Room and Oceanfront Terrace. Tickets are $75.
The evening will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres created by local celebrity chefs, lots of Silent Auction items, possibly even including some wonderful artwork by the Chimps themselves, a Specialty Drink, appropriately named the Chocolate Banana Martini and music by Live Percussion and other worldly beats. Whether or not you can make it to the elegant and festive event we hope you will consider donating a high-end item, service, trip or experience for our Silent Auction or small multiple items for our event gift bags. Items can, but do not have to be, related to the event’s celebration of food and friends coming together to help Save the Chimps.
Funds raised help to support the world’s largest sanctuary for the lifelong care of chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, entertainment and the pet trade.
Save the Chimps was established in 1997, under the leadership of the late Carole Noon, Ph.D., in response to the U.S. Air Force’s announcement that it was getting out of the chimpanzee research business. At the end of the long giveaway process, most of the chimpanzees, described by the USAF in a Wall Street Journal article as “surplus equipment,” were sent to The Coulston Foundation (TCF) in Alamogordo, NM, a biomedical laboratory with the worst record of any lab in the history of the Animal Welfare Act. Save the Chimps sued the Air Force on behalf of the chimpanzees given to TCF. After a year-long struggle, Save the Chimps gained permanent custody of 21 chimps, survivors and descendants of the baby chimps captured in Africa in the 1950’s and used by the Air Force in the original NASA space research program.
A generous donation by the Arcus Foundation enabled Save the Chimps to purchase 150 acres for a permanent Chimpanzee rescue sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, with island homes, complete with hills, shelter, and climbing structures. Save the Chimps has continued to add to the number of rescued chimps and, at nearly 300 animals, is now the largest chimpanzee rescue sanctuary in the world.