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Events

Join Us in New York City ~ April 2016! 


Saturday, April 9th 
Hemingway African Gallery, New York City
4-7pm
Please join us for a benefit to help raise funds for the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue! Award-winning author Dr. Sheri Speede will delight guests with stories from the humble beginnings of the sanctuary to the rescue and conservation successes of today! Enjoy a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, wine and an unparalleled collection of fine African art. Located in the Manhattan Arts and Antique Center, the Hemingway African Gallery is well known as one of the most established and largest wholesale importers of fine African art. Share with us an intimate evening of conversation, culture and art all while making a positive impact on lives across the world! 

While entrance to the event is free, our goal is to raise significant funds to continue our fight for the survival of endangered Great Apes. The Hemingway African Gallery is located at 1050 Second Avenue at 56th Street, New York, NY 10022. 


Monday, April 11th 
The Explorers Club, New York City
6pm Reception, 7pm Lecture
We are excited to announce Dr. Sheri Speede has been invited to speak as part of the Explorers Club Public Lecture Series! Please join us for an evening of exploration into the plight of great apes and the powerful impact Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue has had on law enforcement, poaching, forest protection, education and community development. 

Please visit the Explorers Club Public Lecture Series for ticket information. The Explorers Club is located at 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021.

For more information please contact karin@ida-africa.org.

Cameroon's Chimpanzee Champion: Dr. Sheri Speede’s heartfelt journey, which is far from over, has been characterized at every turn by unique fortitude and determination. She speaks eloquently, passionately and with humor about the chimpanzees and her tireless work on their behalf.


Previous Events

RESCUE NOW. PROTECT THE FUTURE.

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!

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! 

Please click to visit our 5th Annual Gala event page.


Thank You for Joining Us to Explore ~ Connect ~ Protect!


Friday May 30th we were fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family at our annual IDA-Africa Gala, held at the prestigious and historic University Club in downtown Portland!

The evening was filled with excitement as we shared an African experience and celebrated the culture, community and chimpanzees who are the soul of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center.

Guests enjoyed a delicious vegan dinner prepared by the University Club's culinary staff, a heartwarming presentation by Dr. Sheri Speede and even a surprise performance by the talented Von Trapps! The live auction offered a variety of unique items including exclusive artwork and trips to take guests around the world!

We thank you our friends for your kindness, generosity, support and compassion! And for sharing in our vision of and hope for the future of Great Apes!



Give Peace A Chance!

Thank you to everyone that helped make our Give Peace A Chance Benefit a success! From our guests to the volunteers, each and every one of you made it a magical evening that raised much needed funds for the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center!

The festivities included a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, catered dinner, Massamba's Martini Bar and heartwarming presentation by Dr. Sheri Speede! Many of our guests even dressed 60's chic!

All donations raised will go directly to the care of the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center!

 

Please visit our Give Peace A Chance Event Page for photos of the gala!

 

 

 


Thank you to all of our wonderful friends who joined us for a semi-formal evening of fun and friendship as Dr. Sheri Speede, Founder and Director, shared with us the world of the chimpanzees at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center!

Guests enjoyed authentic African decor, delicious vegan dinner and dessert, wine and beer, an exciting selection of silent and live auction items presented by Fundraising Auctioneer Laura Michalek, special entertainment and an amazing raffle!

On behalf of the staff and volunteers of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center, both in the States and in Cameroon, we thank you for your continued dedication to the highest quality care for our beloved resident chimpanzees!


Thank You For Joining Us In Celebrating the Chimpanzees of
Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center with
Laughing Planet Cafe!


(Baati with Kenza)

 On Tuesday, December 6th 
Laughing Planet Cafe
Ecotrust location at 721 NW 9th Ave,
hosted a day dedicated to IDA-Africa and generously donated 20% of the entire day's sales of food and beverages!

Dr. Sheri Speede and IDA-Africa's staff were on site to share photos and heartwarming stories of the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center, information on the illegal commercial ape meat trade and efforts around the world to save Great Apes from extinction.


(Bouboule)

Carol Yarrow, IDA-Africa volunteer and a very talented photographer had photos available for sale from her most recent visit to the Rescue Center! Carol truly has a gift for capturing remarkable moments in the lives of the Sanaga-Yong chimpanzees!

Thank you and Happy Holidays from IDA-Africa!


Out of Africa

Thank You To Our Wonderful Supporters For Attending "Out of Africa,"
A Semi-Formal Gala To Benefit The Chimpanzees Of
Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center!

Dr. Sheri Speede, Founder and Director, was in attendance and emcee for the evening was Edmund Stone, Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated movie music show "The Score," on All Classical, Public Media.

Guests enjoyed African decor, live music, wine and beer, delicious buffet dinner, silent and live auctions, a raffle and special entertainment! All donations raised went directly to the care of the chimpanzees residing at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center.

Thank you for your compassion and support of our efforts to ensure chimpanzees survive in their natural habitat.


Ringing in the NEW YEAR!

IDA-Africa guests and staff rang in the New Year at a privately hosted fundraiser to benefit Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center. Guests enjoyed an enchanting performance by Alexa Wiley, singer, song-writer and gifted fellow musicians Matt Meighan and Christopher Yarrow, son of Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary.

Dr. Sheri Speede, Founder and Director of IDA-Africa, shared intriguing stories of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center's resident chimpanzees and a small silent auction featured framed chimpanzee photos, African masks, jewelry and gift certificates to local retail supporters.

All funds raised at the benefit directly contributed to food, veterinary care and safe surroundings for the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center.

Thank you to our wonderful host Malgosia Cegielski, the talented musicians that donated their time, those that provided the lovely auction items and services, and to our compassionate guests and supporters!

 

 


Thank you for helping us to Celebrate the Chimpanzees of
Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center with
Laughing Planet Cafe!

On Tuesday, December 14th Laughing Planet Cafe on Woodstock Blvd dedicated the day to IDA-Africa and generously donated
20% of the entire day's sales of food and beverages!

IDA-Africa's staff was on site to share photos and heartwarming stories of the chimpanzees of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center, information on the illegal commercial ape meat trade and efforts around the world to
save Great Apes from extinction.

Carol Yarrow, IDA-Africa volunteer and an amazing photographer displayed photos from her most recent visit to the Rescue Center! Carol truly has a gift for capturing remarkable moments in the day-to-day lives of the Sanaga-Yong chimpanzees!

Merchandise including t-shirts, hats, mugs, pint glasses and more were available for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to IDA-Africa!

 

 

We thank you Laughing Planet and our supporters for your dedication to working together to save Great Apes from extinction!


Thank you Laughing Planet Cafe for hosting Chimp Fest 2010!

Laughing Planet Cafe at 4110 SE Woodstock Blvd hosted a fabulous event to benefit IDA-Africa this past summer!

Six of Portland's favorite bands appeared on the Laughing Planet stage - including Trash Can Joes, Nervous & The Kid, Alan Singley & Pants Machine, Sean Flinn & The Royal We, Monarques and Jared Mees & The Grown Children! All while the HopWorks Urban Brewery team poured Akiba ESB, a special Chimp Fest brew, to a grateful crowd at the Bar Bike! Spielwerk Toys Craft Pavilion featured activities for children including a coloring contest from which the winner took home a Skuut™ bicycle, courtesy of Spielwerk Toys!

Beautiful Akiba, whose name means "thank you" in the local Cameroon dialect, was our "celebrity" chimp for the event and her image was on all the specially designed merchandise.

Dr. Sheri Speede, Founder and Director of In Defense of Animals-Africa and Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center shared her work and the need to help ensure great apes survive and thrive in their natural habitat in Cameroon.

Listen to Dr. Sheri Speede's interview on KINK-FM

All proceeds benefitted the chimpanzees at
Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center and our global education efforts!


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