The Gorilla Years

The Gorilla Years
1995
June 27

CONGO premier

CONGO premier
Gorillas were the outright winners in the end, when it comes to the movie CONGO. And that includes investors, studio, and audiences. Regardless of the quality of the movie, its premier and subsequent on-pack video promotion raised $140,000 for gorilla conservation. More importantly, the experience of working with the studio..Read More
1994
April 9

Gorillas from Space

Gorillas from Space
In 1994, as part of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth, the space shuttle Endeavour was launched from Florida on two missions with a high powered, spaceborne imaging radar aboard to scan the planet’s environmental “hot spots”, including the mountain gorilla’s Virunga habitat. The first shuttle mission blasted off from Kennedy..Read More
1992
January 8

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Began what would become a life-changing career as executive director of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund UK (then the Digit Fund UK). Working from a small office in North London, with an initial fund of £70,000 and a donor base of 2,000 supporters — both the result of the movie, Gorillas..Read More
1991
July 1

Gala Lunch at The Savoy

Gala Lunch at The Savoy
On her 30th birthday, Princess Diana attended a gala lunch at The Savoy in London, a fundraiser for the Core Trust, for which she was patron. When we met in the lineup, the princess said, “I hope you’re using me.” One year into my fundraising career and I was already glad-handing..Read More
1990
July 2

Handicapped Children’s Trust

Handicapped Children’s Trust
Began my fundraising career in the summer of 1990. Started as a telephone fundraiser at the Handicapped Children’s Trust, in East Ham, London, raising money to buy electronic wheelchairs for handicapped children. Within a month I was leading a team of fundraisers and focusing on getting donations from London’s music..Read More
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