Thank you all for making this our most successful Chimps Kitchen!

Our 7th annual Chimps Kitchen was an evening to remember, raising $56,000 in net proceeds all to benefit our beloved chimpanzees!

We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from all who made this possible- our local celebrity chefs, sponsors, auction & raffle donors, attendees, and volunteers. Because of YOU, the more than 250 chimps in our care are living the peaceful and dignified retirement they deserve.


Our loyal event co-chairs Laura Guttridge and Judy Van Saun work tirelessly each year to promote this signature event. Their commitment and compassion for the chimps is what drives Chimps Kitchen and we couldn’t do without them. Thank you Laura & Judy!

IMG_0152Co-chair Judy Van Saun, Sponsor Bobby Guttridge, and fellow Co-chair Laura Guttridge proudly posing in front of our newly re-designed custom chimpanzee migration trailer.


Thank you to our committee and volunteers for all your hard work, professionalism, and smiles.

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Thank you to our local celebrity chefs for preparing, donating, and serving such delectable hors’ de’ oeuvres. It’s unanimous, the food was phenomenal!

Executive Chef Rachel Bourdon of Cobalt, Executive Chef Andrew Carmack and Pastry Chef Timothy Blouin of Grand Harbor, Chef Eric Smith of Windsor, Chef Ron Adams of Bobby’s, Ryan Wykoff of Grind + Grape, and Pastry Chef Aslee Wykoff of Frosting.


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Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this event such a great success. TC Palm, Valentine Designs, Southwest Staffing, Centerstage Bank, Law Office of Bobby D. Guttridge, Sheila & George Marshall, Robert & Judy Van Saun, Dr. J Robin Atwell of Vero Urology Center, Greer Hanson ARNP of Facial Rejuvenation Florida, Richard Steinfeld MD, MBA, FAAOS of Orthopaedic Center of Vero Beach, Sterl Shinaberry,  Dr. Alan Durkin MD of Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery, Waldo’s, Patrick T. Ottuso M.D.P.A, Barker Air Conditioning & Heating, Treasure Coast Lexus, and Treasure Coast Toyota.

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Thank you to our raffle and auction donors. We had as much fun putting together the packages as our guests had bidding on them. Thank you to everyone who donated items or services; they were too enticing to resist.

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Thank you to all of our supporters for attending, bidding, and supporting our beloved chimpanzees. You make our work possible. Our Board of Directors, Advisory Council Members, and staff were excited to meet so many wonderful supporters and celebrate our 7th annual Chimps Kitchen. We were honored to have special guests, advisory council member Robert Crippen (CAPTAIN, USN, RET.) and wife Pandora.


Thank you to Duo Vida.  Their beautiful sounds inspired by the natural environment create a relaxed and inviting ambiance.

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Thank you all. We are so incredibly fortunate for the generosity, compassion, and dedication from our community and supporters. The chimps are amazing people and so are you! See you in 2016!

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