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Foundation News

California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

Chris Rico

A GREAT TASTING AND FUN FUNDRAISER

Asian Elephant Support held its first fundraising event at the California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) in Chesterfield, MO. Since that's our president's home turf and she organized the event, we'll let Linda share the day:

"When I first looked at the marketing bits about doing such a fundraiser with California Pizza Kitchen, the examples they gave were entire school events netting several thousand dollars. That I knew we weren't! But with fundraising being difficult for a newer nonprofit and especially in this economy, I decided to make the inquiry.

To sum it up: a delightful day! The managers at CPK were most helpful....and I think a bit amazed and sympathetic as I arrived at 10:30 a.m. and left shortly before 10 p.m., after our last supporting diners were served their dinner (they even sent me home with a complimentary piece of a wonderful chocolate cake!). But I wanted to greet everyone who made the effort to come out and support us and, honestly, from 11 a.m. until almost 3 p.m., I was delighted to see several smiling familiar faces come through the door. Then I had a chance for me to grab a late lunch and the early diners, led by my mom, her friend and my sister, started arriving shortly after 4 p.m. From family to friends and friends of family and friends - including the entire Grant's Farm elephant barn staff and friends - at the end of the day, Asian Elephant Support had added some much needed funds to its bank account, and the support, friendship was a wonderful and greatly appreciated vote of confidence.

Thank you Jean for thinking of taking pictures for me. Next year I will remember my camera. Yes, next April there will be the Second Annual CPK Fundraiser Asian Elephant Support, and I'm already spinning some ideas to make it an even more enjoyable event!

Thank you to each and every one of you who made this a very special day!"