Our Saturday, April 25 CIFAE House Party brought together almost 30 interested, creative community members to share food, drink and learn about Asian Elephant status and sustainability as well as contribute ideas and resources.
After a beautiful potluck dinner on Kathleen McKee's patio having stimulating conversation, we moved to the temporary theatre in the living room to share a few talks about human dignity and it's ties to the condition of elephants; the status and condition of Asian Elephant populations; and CIFAE's fundraising goals and activities for the coming year.
That evening we were excited to announce our sponsorship of the creation of a life-size articulated Asian Elephant Sculpture Bike by Gainesville artists Raymond Rawls and Lorraine Duerden to be used in Gainesville's first Global March for Elephants and Rhinos on October 4, as well as other street activities that support community engagement!
We at CIFAE are so grateful for their interest and generous contributions of ideas, food and finances! We had a successful kickoff to our upcoming year of events and community connection while raising needed funds for the valueable work in our projects this year. Check out parts of Ron Chandler's talk here and here, and check out the FaceBook event link for photos!