…and might I add, our incredibly special supporters. <3 Hearts full of gratitude to the Hughes sisters, Donna and Doreen, and their hearts, spirits and legacies from which they make a difference in so many lives.
“Today is my birthday. It has been bittersweet the last 4 years since my twin sister Doreen is no longer with us. However, I know she would want me to celebrate by Sponsoring A Day. What better way to do this than to honor the staff & volunteers at CSNW. We had the pleasure of visiting the Sanctuary in 2017 and there have been so many exciting changes since then. I know Doreen would be so thrilled over the new residents who arrived after the Cle Elum 7. It’s always hard work running such an amazing Sanctuary, but imagine what the staff (and when the volunteers could return) went through during the pandemic. Yet the Apes continued to live their best lives. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and love. And the staff & volunteers do it. Every day. I know Doreen’s spirit is still enjoying the spirit of the Sanctuary. You guys are so generous with all of us, sharing the blog posts and amazing photos of these remarkable individuals. Loved the recent video of Burrito and the stuffed toy …and Gordo, looking for something good to read. We sponsor Foxie every year, but LOVE each and every one of the Apes (and cows!) I know that everyone will THANK the staff & volunteers who make this place so special for all of the Apes.”
Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and for including us all on this special day, Donna. Happy Birthday! You and Doreen continue to bring a lot of magic to the world; we think of you and celebrate you often. You both are, and will remain, such special members of the chimpanzees’ extended family. While we know the day may feel a bittersweet one, may it also bring comfort, joy and Foxie-style shenanigans of some sort to both your wonderful spirits.
Besties, “Mora” (Mave and Dora):
Best friends, Missy and Annie: