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Run for Rhinos NEW T-shirt design!

By | April 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

If you haven’t yet registered for the 3rd annual Run for Rhinos, do so by May 20th to ensure your T-shirt! You’ll really want to get one this year because of the very cool design pictured below that will be on the front. We reached out with a contest for artists to submit their designs and the winner came in from Charly Capstone in Kenya! We’ll see YOU at the Philadelphia Zoo on June 15th! Register today and get more info at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/RunforRhinos

Run for Rhinos

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are excited for our 3rd annual Run for Rhinos! We will be back at the Philadelphia Zoo on June 15th for our 5K run / 1 mile walk to save a species!

You can register at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/RunforRhinos. Get your family and friends together and form a team (email us at parcasavesrhinos@gmail.com for a discount code for 5 or more in your group)! Register by May 20th to ensure you get a run T-shirt. Water and snacks will be available after the run. Medals will be awarded to overall male and female finishers as well as the top 3 finishers in each age bracket.

Zoo admission is included for the day. Spectators can join you by purchasing a reduced-price ticket the day of the race ($18). Zoo members cannot use their membership for admission, but can use their parking benefit.

Last year hundreds of folks came out to say hi to the zoo’s resident white rhino, Tony, as they ran and walked to raise money for these iconic animals. We hope you will join us!

2018 and 2019

By | January 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Happy New Year to our supporters! We are quite pleased to share with you that 2018 was our best year yet – we had our most successful fundraising year and funded the move of a second rhino. Our goals for 2019 are exciting – we look forward to helping keep the translocated rhinos safe and supporting the care of orphaned babies. Please click on this link to enjoy a brief slideshow summary 2018 and outlining 2019:  PARCA FY18 Summary

Giving Tuesday

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Tuesday November 27th is Giving Tuesday – a day that is devoted to giving. PARCA is participating with our Give 5 So They Can Thrive campaign.

Baby rhinos orphaned when their moms are killed depend on milk to survive. Each bottle costs about $5. We are asking our supporters to save $5 (skip just one grande Starbucks drink or pack lunch one day instead of eating out!) and donate it to the orphaned rhinos on Tuesday (or any time!).

You can also help us send even more bottles by starting a fundraiser on Facebook! Beginning at 0800 on Tuesday, Facebook and PayPal will match donations made on Facebook (up to $7M!). Create a fundraiser for us to reach even more people! Do so here: https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers?create&default_beneficiary_type=charity&prefill-type=giving_tuesday&source=help_center_how_to_create_fundraiser

Please Give 5 So They Can Thrive, create a Facebook fundraiser, and tell your friends!

PARCA’s Holiday Season

By | November 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

PARCA kicked off the holiday season with our first Crush for the Crash. This wine tasting fundraiser was held at Platform 30 at Beat Street Station in Philadelphia. The delicious hors d’oeuvres and the small plates paired with the wines were catered by Infinity Catering. We tasted 3 whites and 3 reds and a Master Sommelier discussed the wines that we partnered with Buy Rite Liquors on. It was a fantastic night and we look forward to making this an annual holiday event! You can see pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

Next up for us is Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global social media movement that happens the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. It kicks off the charitable season when, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many think about their end-of-year giving. PARCA will be participating in Giving Tuesday and we hope you will check in here and on our social media pages to see the latest in our Milk & Monitors campaign and how YOU can close out 2018 helping us to save a species!

They’re back! Our annual candle sale is ON!

By | October 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The annual PARCA candle sale is back! From now until November 16th, you can order these GREAT gifts which will be here in time for the holidays. $13 each or 2 for $25. They are 16 ounce mason jar soy candles with cotton wicks. They burn virtually soot-free for 90-100 hours. You can Venmo payment to PARCA-Inc. If you’d like to arrange for cash, check, or card, please just let us know – email us at parcasavesrhinos@gmail.com and we will get in touch with you. Our scent list this year:

Berry Cobbler, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Bayberry, Coconut Lime Verbena, White Tea & Ginger, Macintosh Apple, Candy Cane, Vanilla Lavender, Lemongrass, Fresh Linen, Sage & Citrus, Cinnamon Vanilla, Banana Nut Bread, Sandalwood, Brown Sugar & Fig, Pear Vanilla, Apple Pie, Cucumber Melon, Eucalyptus, Fresh Cut Flowers, and Rain. Don’t see a scent you loved from a previous order? Don’t worry – we can likely get it for you, just ask! Get your order in today!  

You are invited!

By | September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

You are invited to join PARCA for our first Holiday Crush for the Crash on 11/1! Join us at Platform 30 @ Beat Street Station in Manayunk for an evening of sipping, tasting, learning, and saving a species.

We will have a cocktail hour from 6-7 with stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres. Then from 7-9, Master Sommelier Bill McKinley will guide us through the 3 whites and 3 reds we will taste. There will be some surprises that night (we’ll share one now…your ticket is also a chance to win one of several great gifts we’ll be giving away to our supporters)! A cash bar will be open all night. Infinity Catering will be providing us with delicious food!

Tickets are $115. To reserve a ticket, email us at parcasavesrhinos@gmail.com or send payment via PayPal to our email address or via Venmo to PARCA-Inc. More details will be sent to attendees one week before the event. Bring your friends for what promises to be a great night out!

 

Save the date!

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

We invite you all to join us on November 1 for PARCA’s Holiday Crush for the Crash! This wine tasting event will feature a special guest who is a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers and who will help you prepare to make great pairings for your holiday parties. We will be at Platform Thirty in Manayunk. Lots more details to follow soon, but we knew you’d want to get this date held on your calendar!

Celebrate World Rhino Day with us!

By | August 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you know that we celebrate World Rhino Day every September? Well, we do! September 22nd is earmarked to celebrate this iconic animal and PARCA is going to sponsor a FUNdraiser on 9/20.

PARCA invites you to celebrate with us by once again taking aim at poaching! We will return to Urban Axes in Philadelphia on Thursday September 20th from 7 – 9 PM. $50 gets you into the (friendly) axe-throwing competition, food, beer, and wine. We will also have baskets you can buy raffle tickets to win and a 50/50 raffle! There will also be PARCA merchandise to buy and this time, our friends from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers will also be joining us and selling their merchandise. Do you know that AAZK chapters all over the country hold events during the year that specifically raise money for rhinos? And those events raise over $500,000 combined each year? This is another great reason to come on out and spend an evening helping us partner and do even more for these animals.

You can reserve a ticket by electronic payment on PayPal (parcasavesrhinos@gmail.com) or Venmo (PARCA-Inc). You can email us to arrange for cash or check payment as well.

Milk & Monitors

By | June 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

PARCA is not hosting in-person events while people enjoy summer vacations. BUT, the work doesn’t stop – poachers are still leaving orphans behind when they kill cows for their horns. And Rhinos Without Borders is constantly monitoring the safety of the translocated rhinos – including Franklin, the first rhino whose move was funded by PARCA.
To address these ongoing needs, we are hosting an online summer solstice fundraiser – Milk & Monitors. We want to raise $3,000 to kick off summer. $1500 will go to orphans at a rhino orphanage who need milk while being raised to return to the wild. $1500 will go to the monitors overseeing the protection of the translocated rhinos.
Rhinos Without Borders is aiming to move 100 rhinos. We aim to find 100 people to donate $30 each. Will YOU be one of the 100 to provide milk & monitors?! Click on our donate page now to be one of the 100 http://www.parcainc.org/donate