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Designer Bag Bingo (the ONLY one that saves rhinos)!

By |2022-05-05T00:20:05+00:00March 6th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

PARCA Inc. announces our first designer bag bingo – the ONLY one that saves rhinos!

More info and tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/designer-bag-bingo-the-only-one-that-saves-rhinos-tickets-288285438507

Please join us on May 7th for what promises to be a very fun day of bingo, a 50/50, and raffle baskets! There are only 150 tickets available so don’t delay securing your spot. Bring your snacks and drinks (wine and beer welcome but must be poured by our servers), park on-site for free, and get ready to win bags from Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, and more including Alexander McQueen and Burberry in special rounds! The event is from 12-4 at Marple Presbyterian Church.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Platinum – The Law Office of Randy Hope Steen, Ltd. and Tish Grosek, Realtor (Main Line Fine Homes Compass RE), Gold – We Love Junk and TerraLeaf Dispensaries, Silver – Rocco’s Italian Sausages & Philly Cheese Steaks, and Baskets – Illume Hair and Hornbill Treks & Safaris!

Restaurants for Rhinos is back!

By |2022-02-22T00:37:39+00:00February 22nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

It’s that time again – Restaurants for Rhinos is back! For $20 per entry, you have the chance to win either a $200 gift card to each of the Philadelphia Magazine Best Restaurants listed below OR you can take the cash prize money! The drawing will be April 1st. Don’t have Venmo? You can use PayPal on our website or send us a message for other arrangements. On receipt of payment, we will send you your ticket numbers. Thank you and good luck!

2022 Calendars Available

By |2021-10-17T23:45:29+00:00October 17th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

PARCA is proud to have produced our first calendar! Using photos from our friends in the field and our supporters, Andrew J. Oster Design and Photography from Media PA created a beautiful calendar featuring (of course) rhinos, but some other beautiful animals, too! The calendars are $20 each and as always, all proceeds benefit PARCA. We hope you’ll consider using one of these in 2022 not only to enjoy the photos, but to help make others aware of our work (and they make great gifts!). Email hasmith1124@verizon.net to order.

PARCA’s Annual Candle Sale

By |2021-10-03T22:12:12+00:00October 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

The annual PARCA candle sale is ON! Now through November 7th, order your favorite fragrances for your home – or to give as gifts! Because of the popularity, we have added new scents AND new discounts…so order away.

To order, Venmo @Philynn-Hepschmidt or email phepschmidt1@gmail.com. We will deliver if you are local to the Philly area and we can make shipping arrangements. They are 16 ounce soy candles with cotton wicks that burn cleanly for 90-100 hours. They are $13 each, 2 for $25, 5 for $55, and 10 for $100. Please reach out if you have any questions!

The scent list includes:

Apple Pie                                       Cucumber Melon                    Vanilla Lavender                         Pear Vanilla

Bayberry                                        French Vanilla                         White Tea Ginger                        Eucalyptus

Blackberry Sage                           Grandma’s Kitchen                  Sage & Citrus                               Fresh Cut Flowers

Candy Cane                                   Home Sweet Home                 Warm Vanilla Sugar                  Plumeria

Cinnamon Vanilla                         Lavender                                   Sandalwood                                Berry Cobbler

Coconut Lime Verbena                Macintosh Apple                     Brown Sugar Fig                         Gingerbread

Lilac                                                Cedar Closet                            Evergreen Citrus                       Ginger Peach

Harvest Spice                                 Citronella                                 Pumpkin Pie Spice                     Sweet Pea

Banana Nutbread                          Lemongrass                             Fresh Linen

Help us fund an upgrade to the ICU for orphans!

By |2021-09-04T13:03:00+00:00September 4th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Friends, we could use your help – we are ⅓ of the way to funding the remainder of the ICU WiFi upgrades at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. Here’s how you can help:
Buy a raffle ticket for our 50/50! $10 each. The pot is at $780 and the drawing is on 9/22.
Register to Ruck for Rhinos! $25 and when you complete your ruck you get a cool patch.
Buy one of the first ever PARCA calendars! $20. These feature photos by our supporters! Sneak peek below.
SHARE – the more people who know, the more who can help us. Get a group together to ruck, share our social media posts, buy your friend or coworker a raffle ticket for their birthday!
The QR code below can be used for any of the above (specify which in the notes) and you can also Venmo our president at Heather-Smith-1960. THANK YOU for helping PARCA, Inc. save rhinos!

PARCA Speaker Series – Polar Bear Conservation

By |2021-05-30T15:39:38+00:00May 30th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are thrilled to announce the next installment of the PARCA Speaker Series focused on polar bear conservation! We are honored to be joined by Matt Akel who is the Wildlife Care Manager of the Mammal Department at the San Diego Zoo. Matt’s talk, “San Diego Zoo Polar Bear Care & Conservation,” will cover Matt’s background, the San Diego Zoo’s polar bear husbandry program, and their conservation projects for polar bears. The program is on July 11th at 3 Eastern. Tickets are $30 and available at https://www.simpletix.com/…/parca-speaker-series-polar….
Like adult rhinos, the polar bear has no natural enemies. Also like rhinos, polar bears face significant challenges and require active conservation efforts to ensure their long-term survival. The polar bear is the newest of the eight bear species, and scientists believe that the polar bear evolved about 200,000 years ago from brown bear ancestors. The polar bear is uniquely adapted to life on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean, and for millennia they have roamed the vast and pristine circumpolar Arctic relatively undisturbed by human activities. However, climate change has created a conservation crisis for polar bears, and their persistence is jeopardized by record-breaking sea ice losses and increasing industrial-scale human activity. For nearly a decade, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation scientists and their US and Canadian partners have focused on developing the best conservation strategies to boost their populations.

Run for Rhinos IV is ON!

By |2021-03-20T11:49:03+00:00March 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are thrilled to say that Run for Rhinos IV is ON for 2021! We are not letting COVID get in our way again…but we will stay safe and go virtual this year. Please register at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/RunforRhinos

How does a virtual race work? You register, we send you your shirt (if you register by May 12th), then any time between June 5th and 13th you complete your course wherever you prefer. All the details on how to log your results are on the race page at the link above.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we hope you’ll join us to continue that tradition!

It’s Raffle Time!

By |2021-03-11T20:36:12+00:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Spring is almost here and for PARCA, that means it’s raffle time!

Because of the continued uncertainty with COVID, this year we are focusing on CASH! Enter our 50/50 raffle and we’ll split the prize with you. Each entry is $10. Venmo Heather-Smith-1960, use parcasavesrhinos@gmail.com to send money, or pay at this link (please note the link is for single tickets only but scanning the QR code will let you select an amount more than $10): https://py.pl/5xDZPETPVwj

The drawing is April 1st, so get your entry in and start thinking about how to spend your prize!

Introducing the PARCA Speaker Series!

By |2021-01-25T00:20:03+00:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are thrilled to announce the start of the PARCA Speaker Series! We are excited to bring you informative, educational, and inspiring speakers…on Zoom for now, but ultimately live. Our first speaker, attorney Randy Hope Steen, is going to tell us why we all need an estate plan even if we don’t think we do. Please join us on February 25th by registering at https://parcaincorg.simpletix.com/e/63400.

Annual Candle Sale

By |2020-10-21T14:27:17+00:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

It is that time again! Our annual candle fundraiser is back until 11/13. Orders taken until that date will be delivered to us in time for the holidays. You can Venmo payment (and scent selection!) to Deb (@Deborah-Rose-14) or any board member you are in contact with. If you are not within our Philadelphia delivery area OR want to use another payment method besides Venmo, contact a board member or email us at parca@parcainc.org to make arrangements for shipping. These candles are soy candles with 100% cotton wicks. They are so popular because they smell great and look so nice in the 16 ounce mason jar with our label attached. Make your home smell wonderful and save a species! Candles are $13 each or 2 for $25 and in case the scents are not showing up well from the flyer, we have: Apple Pie, Banana Nut Bread, Bayberry, Blackberry Sage, Berry Cobbler, Brown Sugar & Fig, Candy Cane, Cinnamon Vanilla, Citronella, Coconut Lime Verbena, Cucumber Melon, Eucalyptus, French Vanilla, Fresh Cut Flowers, Fresh Linen, Gingerbread, Grandma’s Kitchen, Home Sweet Home, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Macintosh Apple, Pear Vanilla, Plumeria, Sage & Citrus, Sandalwood, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Lavender, and White Tea & Ginger.