Through the Elephant Story sponsorship of The Elephant Story Invitational Elephant Polo Tournament on June 23 and 24 in Moo Baan Chang, Ban Ta Klang, Thailand and the Gumbo and Strings concert in Comfort, Texas, over $40,000 was raised for the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF)
The Elephant Story Invitational Elephant Polo Tournament
Four teams represented Citi, The ToleHouse Chameleons of Nepal WEPA fame, Sara Story Design and The Elephant Story in the Elephant Story elephant polo tournament. Apart from the $10,000 raised from the team sponsorships, another $12,000 remained in the small village to add direct economic support to the elephants and owners. The Elephant Story through the GTAEF provides direct financial support to the primary and secondary schools in the elephant village, home to 200 elephants.
Gumbo and Strings Concert and Auction
On July 3, The Elephant Story raised over $30,000 through the Gumbo and Strings concert and auction. Aaron Meyer and Tim Ellis performed to a packed house.
A successful auction followed with fourteen Southeast Asian hotel packages being sold and an evening in the BAML Spur's box. Rusty Busby served as the auctioneer as well as entertainer. A special thanks goes to Jason Friedman, General Manager of The Siam Hotel in Bangkok, for his organization of the hotel packages.
Click below for a sample of the wonderful performance of Aaron and Tim.