Say Hello to Dr. Jim at Tonight's Hope Elephants Benefit Dinner - UPDATE

By Hope Elephants | Feb 05, 2013

We hope you will join us tonight for an enjoyable meal at Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant in Camden, say hello to Dr. Jim Laurita, and in the process benefit Hope Elephants too. Simply by dining 5-9 p.m., one- one-half of your check total (exclusive of tip) will be donated to us by the family.

Dr. Jim will be there during the dinner hours to answer questions about Hope Elephants—and Rosie and Opal, our resident elephants—and to talk about our project with anyone interested. He will be accompanied by volunteers Annette Tollman and Elizabeth (Beth) Smith.

Fundraising is underway for an indoor educational area, and work has begun on insulating the area. Construction of an outside raised viewing platform is also planned for this spring and summer.

As many of you know, we are a nonprofit organization in Hope that cares for injured retired elephants and provides educational programming about elephants and wildlife conservation. Resident elephants Rosie and Opal, who arrived in late October, are settling into their new home under the care of veterinarian Jim Laurita.

Through its restaurant, the Graffam family is reaching out to help small local nonprofit agencies like Hope Elephants by hosting similar events on Tuesday evenings through March.

More Information from Graffam Brothers Harborside Restaurant:

"We are looking forward to this tonight! The crew is working hard prepping and Angela is working her magic on desserts!

"Some things to remember if you are planning on attending...

"The more people we can serve, the more we can make to give back. While the opportunity to socialize is immense, if we aren't turning over seats, we aren't able to sell meals. If you see a line at the door, please don't linger and let those other folks wishing to help have a chance to eat for the cause.

"Also, stagger your times. While 6 pm is prime time for dinner, think about coming in an hour earlier or later.

"Please keep your parties at 6 or less. Large parties require moving tables about and may require a wait until space opens up.

"Thank you to everyone coming to support Hope Elephants! We hope you have a great time!"


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