The rapid decline in the Orangoutang population is a direct result of deforestation and the illegal poaching of the species by criminals to sell as pets. There is a frightening demand for young Orangoutangs for pets across the world, despite the fact that owning, capturing, or killing these animals is illegal. Often, to capture a baby ape, its mother must be killed, and without the mother, the dependent babies rarely survive their capture.
Six years ago, The Oran Utan Republlik Foundation was formed to combat this disgusting trend and to help protect the Orangoutang population. This August, Debi Derryberry (the voice of of TV's Jimmy Neutron) hosted a fund raising event at her home, to increase awareness of the foundation, and the primates' plight. Over 200 guests attended, including Emmy award winning actor and activist, Ed Begley, Jr.; the legendary Door's drummer, John Densmore; Super 8's Gabriel Basso; weatherman Fritz Coleman; and SpongeBob Squarepants, in real life, the delightful Tom Kenney.
St. Elsewhere's Ed Begley, Jr,. a dedicated
activist for the foundation and other worthwhile
causes, hosted the event
Fritz Coleman interviewed Gabriel Basso
ONEHOONEHOPE Foundation CEO, Jake Kloberdanz made an impassioned plea for
each of us to join the movement and make a change
Voice artist Debi Derryberry aka Jimmy Neutron welcomed guests
to her beautiful home for the fundraiser
The Doors John Densmore played drums
and encouraged the guests to join in the singing
Tom Kenney aka Spongebob Squarepants
made 12 year old Oliver Peake's night!
A check for $8K was given to the Foundation
Gary Shapiro, President and Co-Founder of the Orangutan Republik Foundation,
chats with Fritz Coleman
Christine Peake of the peakPRgroup and Ed Begley, Jr.listen to
Jake Kloberdanz's speech
The evening consisted of music, Balinese dance, wonderful treats donated from Nuubia Chocolate, other sponsors included the ONEHope Foundation, smartwater, Honest Tea; and Coca-Cola. Santa Monica's Christine Peake and the peakPRgroup also donated their efforts for the cause.
photos: ACMA photography