Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit fair trade retailer located in downtown Harrisonburg, is excited to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day tomorrow, Saturday, September 22. Founded in 1996 by Wayne Hepburn of Mission Media, Inc., Elephant Appreciation Day arose from Wayne’s ongoing fascination with and love for elephants. He wanted just one day to honor the good and noble qualities of the mighty elephant, so he created this annual day of celebration.
Ten Thousand Villages has continued Wayne’s mission and will be bringing a number of fun activities to downtown Harrisonburg throughout the day, including a guest appearance by Francis the Elephant!
10:00 am-12:00 pm: The Gus Bus will read books and have a station to make elephant-themed crafts.
10:00 am-1:00 pm: Face-painting will be available for kids (and their parents!).
11:00 am-1:00 pm: Relax with a mini 10-minute massage by Brittany Jardine, a Certified Massage Therapist. Sponsored by A-C Chiropractic, Inc.
1:00-2:30 pm: PULP will be serving samples of their delicious Acai bowls.
2:30-4:30 pm: Henna painting will be available by Shehzeen of S.K.S ArtWorks. $3 each.
Giveaways and special promotions throughout the day:
-Raffle for a basket filled with great fair trade goodies, valued at $75. Sponsored by RISE.
-A silent art auction of an original Doodle Du Jour by April Sedeen. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Save The Elephants, a London-headquartered non-profit organization founded in 1993 by Iain Douglas-Hamilton. Save the Elephants works to sustain elephant populations and preserve their habitats.
-Zest! Chocolat by Ellie Spaulding will feature a very special peanut butter truffle, created just for Elephant Appreciation Day!
-15% of the day’s sales will be donated to Bike Shenandoah.
Wow, what an Elephant Day extravaganza!
April Sedeen is the Marketing Coordinator of Ten Thousand Villages in downtown Harrisonburg, a member of the HDR Promotions Committee, and a local artist.