Every year, we look forward to the day when all of our wonderful members come and visit the sanctuary. It’s a chance for people to see how their donations are making a difference in the lives of the primates who call the PRC home. This year’s event was much like the rest—very fun and exciting! Over 350 members came out to show their support. Guests were able to enjoy both a live and a silent auction, grab some amazing merchandise from our gift shop, observe the primates in their spacious enclosures, and meet all the staff members and volunteers. A big thanks to Mark Rush for capturing all of the fun with these photos!

Luckily, the weather held out and it didn’t start raining until near the end of the event. When the rain couldn’t hold out any longer, guests took cover in our gift shop tent. Everyone got a chance to buy exclusive PRC merchandise, such as our hats, t-shirts, key-chains and much more. The Silent Auction was a big hit this year with over 20 items up for grabs. Members left with all sorts of novel items, such as hand-drawn sketches of our residents, gift baskets filled with delectable goodies and even baseball tickets!

Our live auction brought a lot of interest as well with one item valued at over seven hundred dollars up for grabs! Close by, the concession stand offered primate-themed snacks such as peanuts and bananas, popcorn and even funnel cakes to guests as they bid on their favorite items. Fortunately, 100% of the profits made will go directly to the rescue, rehabilitation and recovery of our wonderful residents.

This day could not have been such a success without the hard work and dedication of the wonderful volunteers who gave up two Saturdays in May to come help us out—thank you so much! We would also like to thank and recognize our fantastic members for showing your support to our sanctuary as well as our cause with your presence and your donations at our 2016 Member Event. We can’t thank you enough, and hope to see you again next year!

Last, but not least, we’d like to thank the following sponsors for their donations:
Ale-8-One Bottling Company
Animal Hospital of Nicholasville
Big Ass Fans
Bill and Linda Hayden – Hayden Company
Bonnie Meyer Day
Bruster’s Ice Cream
Cincinnati Reds
City Barbeque
Danny and Libby Barnes – Alternative Jewelry
Dennis Parish – Artist
Dominoes Pizza, Nicholasville
Gettinger Photography
Goff Southeast Tents
High Bridge Spring Water
Holiday World
Jack and Lynn Osborne – M & E Specialty Contracting
Jeanne Filler Scott — Artist
Jim and Shawn Claggett – Sky Unlimited
Ken Watts – Watts Realtors and Auctioneers
Kroger of Nicholasville — Bellerive and Brannon Crossing
Landscapers Corner – Mulch
Laura Clifford – Young Living
Lifestyle Chiropractic
Lockmasters Security Institute
Malibu Jacks
Mark Rush Photography
Michelle Davis – Artist
Mike Munafo – Southern Communications
Patti Hard
Pete and Sheila Garcia – Garcia Concrete Construction
Talon Winery 
Wild Turkey and Brian Brown