Elephant Cooperation and George Argyros Jr. Blow Away Expectations in Newport Beach—Raising More Than $900,000 for African Elephants and Children

San Clemente-based organization presents African projects aimed at elephant conservation and supporting children during gala where Machine Gun Kelly gave surprise performance

Press Release – Newport Beach, Calif.—November 3, 2017—Elephant Cooperation, dedicated to saving elephants and helping children, hosted an energetic sold-out fete at the Resort at Pelican Hill with more than 300 guests in attendance. The night featured many surprises such as the adoption of baby elephants, an unexpected $250,000 donation and a performance by Machine Gun Kelly.

During the evening’s events emceed by George Argyros, Jr., attendees participated in a live auction, witnessed a live canvas painting by Matt Shapira and models mingled while featuring custom beaded jackets and jewelry from Kenya available for purchase.

Throughout cocktails and dinner, Elephant Cooperation showcased its diverse portfolio of projects in Africa and the progress being made on the frontlines. Raabia Hawa, a former model turned ranger who has dedicated her life to saving elephants, was honored as the 2017 Conservationist of the Year for her work with both elephants and children.

“We were thrilled with the overwhelming turnout for this extraordinary event,” said Scott Struthers, founder of Elephant Cooperation. “The energy and support we are receiving will save countless of elephants and children in Africa.”

About Elephant Cooperation

Elephant Cooperation is a non-profit devoted to raising awareness of the African elephant crisis founded by Orange County entrepreneur, Scott Struthers. The organization empowers neighboring communities and supports existing conservation groups to tackle the issue on multiple fronts: protection, awareness, efficiency and community. Anyone wanting to support and learn more about Elephant Cooperation projects can visit www.elephantcooperation.com.

About Raabia Hawa

Raabia Hawa was born in Kenya in the wake of the most disastrous levels of elephant poaching. Her love of wildlife drove her to be part of the conservation of elephants. In 2011, Hawa was appointed Kenyan Wildlife Service Honorary Warden by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.

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