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AFC Raises Funds for the Center for Great Apes

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Deborah Gutierrez (right), 2014 AFC president, presents a check to Jill Feyerharm-Sconyers on behalf of the chapter at a recent AFC general meeting.

Deborah Gutierrez (right), 2014 AFC president, presents a check to Jill Feyerharm-Sconyers on behalf of the chapter at a recent AFC general meeting.

South Florida State College’s (SFSC) chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) presented a $162.50 check on Wednesday, Feb. 19, to the Center for Great Apes (CGA) to help offset costs for the non-profit organization located in Wauchula.

“Each year our chapter dedicates a year to raising funds and donated goods for a community project,” said Eddie Cuencas, 2013 AFC president. “Last year our local AFC chapter selected the Center for Great Apes for its good works in saving these animals by providing them with a safe, healthy, and loving environment.”

“Special thanks goes to AFC members Angela Chaffin-Miller, Kimberly Batty-Herbert, and Eddie Cuencas for recommending the CGA and spearheading the fundraiser,” said Jill Feyerharm-Sconyers, SFSC resource development assistant, AFC member, and volunteer at the CGA. “This donation will help care for 15 orangutans and 30 chimpanzees that reside at the CGA. The CGA receives no government funding; all support comes from memberships, grants from animal welfare organizations, and donations from individuals and organizations such as AFC.”

The CGA provides a permanent sanctuary in a safe and enriching environment for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of permanent lifetime care. The primates are from the entertainment industry, were pets, or were used in medical or cognitive research.

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