The Cobalt Room at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa was the venue for the annual Chimps Kitchen held on Thursday evening, November 10. The event benefited Save the Chimps, the world’s largest sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees once used for biomedical research, entertainment and the pet trade. The sanctuary, located in Fort Pierce, cares for 276 chimps.

Laura Guttridge, one of ten star dancers in this season’s 4th Annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars, benefiting the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition, was the Event Chair for Chimps Kitchen. Ms. Guttridge and Save the Chimps Executive Philip Flynn spoke to an audience of more than 150 guests about the sanctuary and introduced an informational video.