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Cheers to Rhinos! A wine and spirits fundraiser!

By |2020-09-02T00:21:36+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Supporters and friends, as you know, we cannot gather this year for our annual wine fundraiser. As you also know, it’s been a very tough year for the conservation community. COVID has impacted jobs and so people’s ability to give. It shut down tourism in Africa for months and so a critical source of income for safari camps, game reserves, conservation organizations, and all of the people employed by them has come to a complete stop. The rangers in the field are being tested more than ever because poachers know there are fewer eyes on the ground with no visitors and much less staff around – and, of course, income for their work and the supplies and equipment they need to do it has been significantly impacted.

BUT…COVID has also shown us new ways of thinking and how to be creative. And since conservation doesn’t stop, we are excited to tell you that we have taken this year’s wine fundraising event online! Cheers to Rhinos is live now and there are 2 websites for you to visit. At both, you can win really beautiful prize packages of wines and spirits! Each prize will be delivered to you wrapped safely in a PARCA tote bag you can continue to reuse after you unpack your winnings.
The first site is https://parca.ourraffle.org. At this site, you can purchase as many raffle tickets as you like and then select the prizes you’d like the chance to win. Tickets are 1 for $15, 2 for $25, 5 for $50, or 10 for $100. Every prize is worth at least $80 and some have a much higher retail value- of course, depending on your taste, you decide which is worth your ticket(s)! We have prizes with red, white, and rose wines, sparkling wines, bourbon, rum, and more!
The second site is https://parca2.ourraffle.org where you can enter to win the two grand prizes. These are very special prizes generously donated and ready for you to win! Each ticket for these special prizes is $50 and each prize is worth around $200.
We hope you will enjoy perusing the prizes and help us continue to support our mission. As you know, we have two main projects we continue to support. First, we fully fund the annual cost of the Rhinos Without Borders monitoring program through Great Plains Conservation. Led by our friend, Poster, this program watches over the rhinos who have been translocated from South Africa to Botswana. The 87 rhinos who have been moved have had more than a dozen calves! Our second major project is funding the support of Ribbon – a rhino orphaned when her mom was poached. Ribbon is growing up fast and healthy at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in Africa – who has taken in FOUR more calves in the last month! Ribbon will be raised and then released into a protected wilderness area when it is time.
So – please go have some fun looking at the prizes and help us raise money for the rhinos andpeople caring for them. The winners will be drawn randomly by the hosts of our websites on September 30th and announced by us on October 1st. Thank you for your continued support of PARCA – we couldn’t do it without you. Please do note an important rule for the raffle is that you must be close enough to us in Philadelphia to be able to pick up / arrange for delivery of your prize!

Rhino masks!

By |2020-04-22T22:48:54+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Now that we all are in need of face coverings, we have a way for you to be compliant AND save a species! If you head on over to https://teechip.com/rhinomasks and order yourself these very cool masks, all proceeds will be donated to PARCA. We appreciate your keeping your distance and following the rules and we are happy to have a way for you to do it that does even more good!

Restaurants for Rhinos

By |2020-03-22T14:27:32+00:00March 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Our drawing for this year’s Restaurants for Rhinos raffle is on April 1st. For a $20 ticket, you get the chance to win either $2,000 worth of gift cards to the top 10 restaurants in Philadelphia or $1500 cash. This is a great time not only to support the rhinos, but to support our restaurants with these gift cards that you can use once we are all out and about again! Venmo Heather-Smith-216 and we will send you a picture of your ticket. You can also email us at parca@parcainc.org for other payment arrangements. As of today, you have a VERY GOOD chance of winning – only 227 tickets have been sold! The winning number will be chosen during the PA lottery 7PM draw on 4/1 – whatever the winning 3 digit number for the lottery is will also be our winning number. Get your ticket today!

Run for Rhinos IV Sponsors

By |2020-03-22T14:22:18+00:00March 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Thank you to the following companies for their Run for Rhinos IV Sponsorships:

D’Angelo & Company

Infinity Catering (supplying water and bananas)

Always Balanced (our Awards Ceremony Sponsor)

Moore Jones LLC (a mile marker sponsor AND our post-race nourishment sponsor)

Run for Rhinos 4!

By |2020-01-04T23:12:32+00:00January 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are excited to announce the 4th annual Run for Rhinos at the Philadelphia Zoo! We are back to the first Sunday in June (6/7) and look forward to seeing an even larger crowd this year. You can register NOW (and find more information) at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/RunforRhinos. Registration includes a race T-shirt, water, snacks, and entry to the zoo for the day. If you are interested in being a sponsor, we welcome your email at parca@parcainc.org.

Grant from Media Rotary Club

By |2019-12-15T17:55:12+00:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

PARCA was very grateful to receive a grant from the Media PA Rotary Club Foundation in support of our efforts to fund the monitoring program for the rhinos in Botswana. The Rotary Club and PARCA share some common missions – education and supporting activities that improve the human condition. We both function internationally. This grant has been matched by PARCA and passed on to Great Plains Foundation for their support of the monitors who are employed to keep the rhinos moved to Botswana via Rhinos Without Borders safe. PARCA deeply appreciates the support from the Media Rotary Club and Foundation. Shown is PARCA Treasurer Steve Smith receiving the check from Walt Woerheide, President of the Media Rotary Foundation.

Wine for Rhinos!

By |2019-12-12T01:34:11+00:00October 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are proud to tell you that we have been selected to receive proceeds of a wine created out of a desire to help save rhinos! Two winemakers have developed The Crash, a wine with a purpose. All proceeds from sales will be donated to PARCA and we will use them to continue to help our partners working to move rhinos, monitor and protect them from poaching, and rescue, rehabilitate, and return to the wild orphans left behind by poaching.

The first wine bottled is The Crash Syrah – ready to drink now with tasting notes of deep burgundy with crimson hues to the eye with allspice, black currant, and pepper steak in the aromas. On the palate, notes of cherry and blackberry. This Lake County CA wine is a pleasure to drink.

Please use this link and enjoy! https://vinoshipper.com/shop/stone_key_cellars/syrah_parca_37284?list&fbclid=IwAR0s17OuzE6O58Prflt7jw8U4JXEw7SMD2xnR57I9eEcbETExpIJdaQvpKk

Crush for The Crash

By |2019-12-12T01:34:11+00:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Philadelphia-area supporters, we hope you will mark your calendar for our 2nd Crush for The Crash on October 19th. More details in early August, so stay tuned here and on social media!