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Jane Goodall good for all

Home for Life's® Spring Gala, the Fancy Feast with Special Guest
Dr. Jane Goodall
Saturday March 24, 2018
5:30 pm - 10 pm
International Market Square, Minneapolis

Home for Life's® Fancy Feast is an elegant, festive celebration of the sanctuary's special animals and our community outreach initiative, Peace Creatures®, providing solace and joy through healing pet therapy programs to  touch the lives of over 5000 adults and children each year. We are honored to welcome Dr Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Ambassador for Peace.

Single Reservations: $250 per person: Main Floor Seating  SOLD OUT!!
Single Reservations: $150 per person: SOLD OUT!!
Second and Third Floor Seating

Table of 10, Main Floor : $2500SOLD OUT!!

Table of 10, Second and Third Floors: $1500 SOLD OUT!!

Table of 6, Second and Third Floors: $900 SOLD OUT!!

There are no publicly available tickets; for special requests please contact

Sponsorship opportunities still available! Please contact us at or 800-252-5918  for more information

Evening's Schedule of Events

5:30 pm  
  Champagne Reception sponsored by Kristen and Robert Kowalski
  Cash Bar
  Passed hors d'oeuvres
  Viewing of the Live and Silent Auction items
  Hosted Vodka Luge, sponsored by 45th Parallel Distillery, New Richmond, WI
  Music by the Less is More Trio

6:45 pm: Home for Life's® World Famous Dog Parade!

7:00 pm: Buffet Dinner with Wine Service (*vegan and vegetarian options will be available)

7:30 pm: Live Auction and Fund a Need

8:00 pm: Keynote presentation: Dr. Jane Goodall

9:00 pm: Dessert, Coffee and Cordials
  Book Signing hosted by Barnes and Noble, Mall of America
  Music by Pianist Lee Brennan 

Valet Service Available   

About Our Special Guest and Keynote Speaker

Jane UN messenger for peace
Jane UN messenger for peace

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE is the Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. She was born on April 3, 1934, in London, England. From earliest childhood, she was fascinated by animals and the Africa she discovered in the storybooks of Tarzan and Dr. Doolittle.

In 1957, she traveled to the Kenyan farm of a friend's parents and the famed anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. In 1960, at his invitation, she began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her field research at what was then called Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve--most notable, her discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools--revolutionized the world of primatology and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institue (JGI) to advance her vision and work around the world and for generations to come. JGI continues the work at Gombe Stream Research Center and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It is widely recognized for building on Dr. Goodall's groundbreaking community-centered approach to conservation and development programs in Africa, and for Roots and Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Jane with children of roots and shoots
Jane with children of roots and shoots

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots in 1991 with a group of Tanzanian students. The youth program connects more than 150,000 young people in nearly 100 countries, equipping them to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Today, she travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope. In her speeches and books, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action, urging her audiences to recognize their personal responsibility and ability to effect change. "Every individual matters," she says. "Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."

Jane speaking
Jane travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope

Her eloquent ability to raise public awareness and understanding has become instrumental in her work to save chimpanzees from extinction. She is the author of numerous books that have engaged an international readership in her life with chimpanzees. Her life and work are the subject of numerous television documentaries, as well as the 2002 film Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, and the 2010 documentary, Jane's Journey. Discovery Channel's Animal Planet has produced a number of features on Dr. Goodall, including Jane Goodall's Return to Gombe, Jane Goodall's State of the Great Ape, When Animals Talk, Jane's Goodall's heroes, and Almost Human.

Dr. Goodall is the recipient of many honors, including the Medal of Tanzania, The National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal, Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the UNESCO 60th Anniversary Medal, and the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence. In April 2002, Secretary General Kofi Annan named Dr. Goodall a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In a 2004 ceremony at Buckingham Palace, she became a Dame Commander of the British Empire. In 2006, she received France's highest recognition, the Legion of Honor.

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