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The ethical treatment of animals has always been a cause near and dear to the staff of The Grimes Companies. While members of the staff regularly volunteer their time helping rescued cats and dogs at local animal shelters around Jacksonville, the logistics company also strives to preserve animals of the more exotic variety.

In June 2016, the Grimes Companies donated a brand new 50cc scooter to be raffled off at the 26th Annual “Bowling for Rhinos” fundraiser hosted by the Jacksonville Zoo and the local chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK).

Grimes Scooter Donation Raises over $900 for

Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser Hosted by the Jacksonville Zoo & AAZK

The “Bowling for Rhinos” fundraiser took place at local bowling venue Beach Bowl over the weekend of June 17-18. Attendees had fun bowling and helping the endangered species at the same time. Participants were encouraged to find sponsorship to help boost donations, but even those not interested in bowling were allowed to join in the fun for a good cause.

Special additions to the 2016 program of the “Bowling for Rhinos” fundraiser made the event an even bigger hit than usual. Animal inspired art and event T-shirts were available for purchase, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens donated one-of-a-kind art created by the animals from the local zoo!

Grimes Scooter Raffle at "Bowling for Rhinos"

Many donors around Jacksonville and Florida contributed fun prizes, but one of the most exciting chance drawings was the scooter raffle donated by the Grimes Companies. While Andrea Bear was the lucky scooter winner, many attendees were motivated to participate in hopes of winning the unique raffle prize.

“It was a huge hit,” said event coordinator Toni Piccolotti of the scooter raffle. “A lot of people were disappointed that they didn't win it.”

Overall the event raised over $16,000, with the scooter raffle bringing in over $900 alone. Totaling over $500,000 in annual donations, “Bowling for Rhinos” has raised over $5 million for wildlife conservation since its inception. 100% of proceeds raised went directly to four preserves that work to conserve hundreds of species of rhinos across Africa and Indonesia.

The Grimes Companies have previously donated scooters to the Jacksonville Sharks and the Nassau County Police Department.

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