Six Year-Old Miami Girl Raises $700 for Charity - Party Goes Bananas for Center for Great Apes

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Olivia Scout Dingman, a kindergartener at Alexander Montessori School in Miami, Florida, had a different kind of birthday party this year. Instead of bringing gifts, she invited her friends to bring money for games and “adopt” an ape toy at her party. In exchange for a $20 donation, party-goers received a plush ape (chimpanzee or orangutan) that guests stuffed themselves; an adoption certificate; T-shirt for the ape and 10 tickets to play games and wine prizes. As a result, Scout's party raised $700 for the Center for Great Apes.

Olivia Scout Dingman raised money at her birthday party for the Center for Great Apes

If a six year-old can raise $700, imagine what a sixteen year-old or a sixty year-old can do!

After a trip to the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida in May, Olivia Scout Dingman turned into a social activist. She decided that instead of a birthday party with gifts, she would, with the help of her parents Jane Watkins and Darrin Dingman, host a “friendraiser” and donate the money she received in lieu of gifts, to the primate rescue organization. On Scout’s sixth birthday, that wish came true.

“As a family, we support community works and hope that we can inspire other people, regardless of age, to do what they can to champion funds and attention for the causes they hold dear,” states Jane Watkins. “If a six year-old can raise $700, imagine what a sixteen year-old or a sixty year-old can do!”

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, Scout will give Patti Ragan, the founder and director of the Center for Great Apes, the cash donation at The Gardens Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens in Miami, where an exhibit on the sanctuary will be opening. The exhibit is open to the public. Opening reception is April 12, from 6-9pm.

The Gardens Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens in Miami, Florida will be featuring a series of portraits of the apes by award-winning artists including Disney illustrator Frank Armitage, Joe Zammit-Lucia, James Fox, Brian Kennedy, Jessie Johnson, Marilyn Magill, and Alan Li. Select works will be on sale and will benefit the Center for Great Apes. Patti Ragan, the Founder of the Center for Great Apes, will discuss each artist and their subjects during the opening reception.

About the Center for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation
The Center for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation (dba Center for Great Apes) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a permanent sanctuary in a safe and enriching environment for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care. Founded in 1993, the Center for Great Apes is one of 9 chimpanzee sanctuaries and the only orangutan sanctuary in North America. The sanctuary was established to provide a safe and enriching home for chimpanzees and orangutans that are in need of care for the remainder of their lives. The great apes at CGA have been rescued from roadside zoos, circuses, labs, basement garages, and other unnatural situations. Many of the apes have come from the entertainment industry and several were admitted to the sanctuary by request of the owner. For more information visit http://www.centerforgreatapes.org/.

  • Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Center for Great Apes is an accredited sanctuary by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
  • Center for Great Apes is licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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