P.O. Box 2743, Portland
OR 97208

Sanaga-Yong Soirée 2023!

This year, our annual Sanaga-Yong Soirée will be hosted from 6pm-10pm, Saturday, September 23rd in the ballroom overlooking the scenic parkland style golf course of the Tualatin Country Club.

Our largest fundraising event of the year helps support the lifelong care we provide for our rescued chimpanzees. And helps us continue our critical conservation efforts to protect chimpanzees, gorillas and other endangered wildlife living in the forest. Your friendship and support have made the difference for so many precious beings for the past 24 years!

 The festivities will include:
~ An update from Founder & Director Dr. Sheri Speede on our rescued chimpanzees, sanctuary, efforts to protect endangered great apes & preserve the forest
~ Live music from the incredibly talented Brigitta Teuscher Quartet
~ One of a kind African art & decor
~ A Live Auction with once in a once in a lifetime experiences
~ The opportunity to virtually Adopt a Chimp
~ Our program hosted by the dynamic duo of Fundraising Auctioneer Laura Michalek & TV Talk Show Host Amanda Westbrooke
~ Delicious vegan & vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, dinner & dessert catered by the Tualatin Country Club
~ Complimentary wine & beer, our no-host Sanaga-Yong Specialty Cocktail & surprise yourself with our Wine Vine
~ And a fun evening with friends celebrating lives saved!

Early Bird Tickets June 28th – July 31st:
Guest Ticket $65 ~ VIP Table for Eight $700

August 1st – September 22nd:
Guest Ticket $75 ~ VIP Table for Eight $800

VIP status includes seating close to the stage, early check-in beginning at 5:30pm, two bottles of Champagne for your table and a custom Sanaga-Yong Champagne Flute for you and each of your guests.

Thanks to friends like you, Sanaga-Yong will always be there to provide rescue and protection for endangered chimpanzees!
We look forward to celebrating all that we have accomplished together! Cheers!

Details for the Tualatin Country Club ~

Dress Code:

No pants or jeans with holes, fraying, or distressed look and no sagging pants allowed. No sport hats or visors on the upper level in the clubhouse. Workout/gym attire is not permitted inside the Clubhouse, including decks and patios. No cut-off or athletic-style shorts are allowed. Leggings and tights are allowed if worn under appropriate attire. Men’s shirts must have a collar and must be tucked in, with the exception of mock turtle-neck shirts and Men’s collared, button-down shirts that are appropriately tailored to be worn untucked. Women’s tops: halter-tops, tube-tops, or open mid-riff tops are not allowed.

1. Take I-5S to exit 290/Lower Boones Ferry Rd
2. Turn right onto Lower Boones Ferry Rd
3. Use the left two lanes to stay on OR-141/SW Boones Ferry Rd toward Tualatin/Durham
4. Turn right onto SW Tualatin Rd, which will lead directly into the Tualatin Country Club

The Tualatin Country Club is 14 miles from Downtown Portland and 1.8 miles from I-5S.

Parking is free. The driveway will take you to two parking lots, on the east and west side of the road. Please feel free to park in either lot.

Drop Off at the Entrance:
There is a circular driveway at the entrance to the Country Club for guests to be dropped off directly.

Sanaga-Yong Virtual Soirée 2022!

Thank you for attending our Sanaga-Yong Soirée virtually! We are excited you are able to join us! Your Zoom invitation will be sent on Friday, September 16th. Then on Saturday, September 17th, you will have the opportunity to view Dr. Sheri Speede’s presentation via our private Zoom party. Sheri will begin speaking at 7:30pm PT, but you can log-on anytime between 7:15-7:30pm PT. If you are running late, no worries. You can join the party anytime. Following Sheri’s presentation, we will host the live auction and would love to have you share the evening with us until we say “goodnight” at 9:30pm PT.


From Thursday, September 8th through Thursday, September 15th you will have the opportunity to preview and bid on the live auction items we will have available at our Sanaga-Yong Soirée. If you would like to bid on any of the items, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Email crystal@sanaga-yong.org and title your email “Virtual Live Auction.”
  2. Please provide Crystal with the auction item number and name, and the amount you wish to bid.
  3. We will apply your bid to that item the night of the soirée. For instance, if your bid is $500, the live bidding will begin at $600.
  4. If you are not outbid, you will win the live auction item! Crystal will email you on Monday, September 19th and forward our donation link for you to pay for your winning item.


The majority of our rescued residents came to us as babies, usually under the age of two years old. For their mental, physical, and emotional development, and for their safety, they are raised under the careful and loving supervision of their caregivers until they are old and strong enough to be integrated with a community of older chimps.

During their time with their caregivers, they spend each day in the forest playing, exploring, learning and developing physically. Unfortunately, we’re now concerned about their safety in the forest. The beautiful free-living chimpanzees are coming close to our camp and enclosures more frequently, and they have occasionally exhibited threatening behavior that has driven the caregivers and babies out of the forest. The babies are terrified of them.

Sadly, a recent logging concession just outside of the Reserve is pushing other wild chimps toward us and causing the ones we’ve seen for years to come ever closer for safety. While we’re happy that our sanctuary is helping keep these magnificent chimps safe, it’s vital that we also thoroughly protect our rescued chimps from them.

We currently have three babies, Ndem, 2 years old, and Tamara and Kolbi, both about 2.5 years old. For their protection and to assure that we can safely care for other rescued youngsters in the coming years, we need to build a forested enclosure specifically for them. Due to the increasing threats, we need it urgently – a place where babies can safely learn and grow in their natural forest habitat.

An enclosure for our three babies, and those we will rescue in the future, would cost $25,000. To honor our virtual guests and give you an opportunity to participate in our Fund-a-Need, we have a Virtual Guest Kick-Off! Before our auctioneer begins the paddle raise, she will announce how much money our virtual guests have raised already! Our hope is this will inspire our in-person guests to generously participate. If you would like to help by donating, please click the button below. Any and all amounts will make a wonderful difference for our current babies and those who will need us in the future! Please email karin@sanaga-yong.org with any questions you may have. Thank you! And Ndem, Tamara and Kolbi thank you!

Your Tiki Tea Tini Cocktail Kit is on the way! We look forward to a toast together at our Sanaga-Yong Soiree 2022! Cheers!

Ginger Highball

Seventeen-year-old Ginger has lived with Charlos since 2008. They have a small and close group, sharing a forested enclosure with only five other chimpanzees.

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Email: info@sanaga-yong.org
Phone: 971-544-7772
Address: P.O. Box 2743, Portland OR 97208

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