We’ve got a busy summer ahead of us!
Our Annual Member Event has come and gone, and was a great success. We welcomed about 450 guests, and enlisted the help of 61 volunteers to help us get through the day without a hitch. If you’re interested in joining our Special Event Volunteer Team for next year’s event in May, follow this LINK to fill out an application today.
We’ve also added 4 new interns to our team that will be helping the Animal Care Staff through the summer, so we have plenty of enrichment ideas planned for them to work on to keep our primates interested and occupied as the days start to warm up. Rebecca Barefield joins us from Centre College in Danville, KY, Kaile Short comes to us from Lindsey Wilson College in St. Columbia, KY, Tia Hildebrant has traveled the farthest from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, and Spencer Mattingly joins us from nearby Eastern Kentucky University.
We headed out to Jacobson Park on Friday, May 30th to sell raffle tickets at the Free Friday Flicks event; a night where people from the community can come out and watch a movie under the stars for free, and have the chance to win some great raffle prizes before the movie begins. The PRC is given all the profit from raffle ticket sales, and our event staff always has a great time talking with all the interested children and parents about the primates that call our sanctuary home.
The PRC will soon be enjoying a night with the Lexington Legends baseball team as the Community Organization of the Night on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30pm. At this event we will host a table in the Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the game to promote our organization and inform patrons of our mission, as well as participate in an on-field interview about our organization and an on-air radio interview on the statewide Legends Radio Network.
This will be the third time the PRC has participated in this event, and we’re really looking forward to it again this year!
Sanctuary Manager Eileen Dunnington will be heading to the Boone County Public Library to give a talk about our sanctuary to library-goers on Monday, June 23. This is one of many events where a representative of our sanctuary goes out into the community and surrounding areas to help promote the amazing things we’re doing for primates.
With a full staff of volunteers and interns this summer and plenty of primates to care for, we’re all going to have our hands full with food prep, enrichment, feeding, introducing new residents, cleaning, and educating the community, but we’re very excited to make the most of the warm weather and beautiful days to come and continue to give our primates the best life we possibly can.