The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) postponed its annual fundraising event until Summer 2013.  Due to projected rain, our primarily outdoor event was not held on November 17th. Funds collected from all those who have registered and paid will applied to our 2013 event. We apologize for this decision.  It was made after much deliberation.





UpTheRiverbannerThe Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) will be holding its annual fundraising event on Sunday, July 28th, 2013 (5-8pm).  After rain forced the postponement of our Fall 2012 fundraiser, we are re-booting the system and gearing up for a fabulous event this summer. We want you to join us as we celebrate orangutans and enjoy ourselves while raising funds for OURF's important conservation education programs in Indonesia.

Once again, we are pleased that Ed Begley Jr. will be joining us as well as Fritz Coleman, NBC's local weatherman and our emcee for the evening. Both have shown their concern for the environment and for wildlife over the years. Besides acting, Ed continues to champion environmental issues, particularly sustainability and energy conservation. Fritz is uberbusy with various causes in addition to his duties informing southern Californian's about the weather. Also joining us will be veteran actor, Bruce Dern. Bruce has played fascinating characters in over 80 films and 60 television programs or series. Orangutans are very lucky that all these men support their cause.

We are holding the fundraiser at the home of Syd and Linda Leibovitch, owners of Rodeo Realty. The Leibovitch's are supporters of many causes, and we are delighted at their generosity in hosting us on their Beverly Hills property.

The fundraiser will also have quality entertainment. Ethnic dancers and musicians have graced our events in the past. We plan to have a mixture of music, dance, and more. The planning committee is finalizing the lineup of talent planned for late afternoon affair.

Guests will have a chance to enjoy delicious food and drink, but the real purpose is to raise much-needed funds. In addition to ticket sales, OURF will hold a silent auction and live auction that evening. Those who had already paid in advance for the postponed 2012 fundraiser will not be required to purchase tickets unless they so choose. We encourage anyone to come, whether they are familiar with the dire circumstances under which orangutans exist today, or simply want to learn more about the issue.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite. The VIP level has two tier options, including a private reception with our distinguished celebrities before the general reception (5-5:30pm). Ticket holders at the general reception and student/children level will be admitted at 5:30pm.  We anticipate the fundraiser will conclude at 8:00pm.

To respect the privacy of our hosts, the address of the venue is reserved only for people who RSVP in advance with the purchase of tickets. For more information and for tickets, go to

We look forward to seeing you at our annual fundraising event.


The 2011 Annual Fundraiser Organizers and Volunteers


  • Susan Callery
  • Wendy Wiseman
  • Allison Saldana
  • Gary Shapiro



  • Harvey Jordan & Debi Derryberry


Commitee Members

  • Roger Kintz
  • Wendy Hoole-Cundiff
  • Kelsey Howard
  • Gary Wollner


Event Volunteers

  • Shauna Callery
  • John Callery
  • Rob Fitzroy
  • Delarey Wagener
  • Terri Wollner
  • Brandon Wollner
  • Kim Wollner
  • Laura Tenenbaum
  • Bobby King
  • Allen Altchech
  • Tolu Awosika
  • Kylie Montoya
  • Heather Connor
  • Cailyn Conner
  • Gabriella Skollar
  • Heather Chilson
  • Paula Guenon
  • Jasdeve Singh
  • Jerry Washington
  • Marcie Basso
  • Gabriel Basso
  • Susana Martinez
  • The Martinez daughters
  • Cyril Wright




Here are some images taken during the 2011 "Branching Out" Fundraiser on August 6, 2011. Photos by Allen Altchech Photography, unless otherwise noted.















above: organizational banner announces who is benefiting from the event.

below: volunteers help prepare the appetizers for the VIP reception





above: cheerful volunteers help greet attendees during check-in

below: Talented Balinese dancer, Desak Nyoman, performs for the VIP group
















above: a happy VIP sits while Ed Begley, Tom Kenny, and host Debi Derryberry stand nearby. Debi's son River is also in the picture. 

below: with Orley the orangutan in the front, (from left to right), Tom Kenny, Ed Begley Jr., Gary Shapiro, Sarah Collins (youth ambassador), John Densmore, Debi Derryberry, and emcee & NBC weatherman, Fritz Coleman.


























above: Legedary Doors drummer/conservationist John Densmore, voice celebrity/host Debi Derryberry, and actor/environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. 

below: incredibly delicious hand-crafted chocolates from nuubiaChocolat.

























above: NBC  weatherman/emcee Fritz Coleman warms up the crowd with his mix of humor and seriousness about the cause.

below: a portion of the crowd assembled to watch the festivities at the opening of the fundraiser program.

























above: Balinese Yunda Martha performs the "fragrant flower dance" for the audience.

below: OURF Boardmember Ed Begley, Jr. explaining the need to appreciate the ecological role of species, like orangutans, to the survival of all of us.














above: John Densmore, the drummer from the legendary group, The Doors, continues to inspire with tribal music benefiting people and wildlife.

below: OURF President Gary Shapiro accepts donation to OURF's Orangutan Caring Scholarship program from members of the Animal Health Foundation of California to help matriculate veterinarians in Aceh, Sumatra. 
























above: JP Taylor sings "Being an Orangutan" to the assembled crowd in a pre-recorded video message.


above: OURF President Gary Shapiro presents the Pongo Award to Leif Cocks, president of the Australian Orangutan Project via Skype honoring the organization's sustained support of OURF and its programs.

below: Fundraiser emcee Fritz Coleman monitors the raffle portion of the program while River Jordan and his friends give a prize to a winning attendee.






above: the Wollner Family receive a certficate of appreciation from OURF for their significant technical contributions in the AV aspects of the event.

below: OURF Boardmember and author/journalist Shawn Thompson (The Intimate Ape) receives a certificate of appreciation from OURF for his literary contributions that have made orangutans understandable to a general audience.



























above: The Porch Girls entertain the audience with their sweet and traditional folk music into the night.

below: The Porch Girls pose with Fritz and Ed in a closing moment of the event.














above: fundraiser attendees celebrate event in a drum circle. Can you find our youngest drummer, Toby?



The Annual Fundraising Committee would like to acknowledge the following organizations and people for their significant financial & material support benefiting the Orang Utan Republik Foundation's 2011 "Branching Out" Fundraising event.

                PeakPRgroup                             Newtritious           
OneHope SmartWater
CocaCola    HonestTea
biobag nbcuniversal
San Diego Zoo Gibbon Conservation Center
Jeanie Joe KTWF
Body Shop Trader Joe's
Sun Cafe' REMO-Recreational Music Center
Hold that Smile Tiffany's
The Discover Your Voice Foundation
Clos Pepe AirDD
Starbucks  Pyrrha Designs
The Porch Girls  
Ed Begley Jr. John Densmore
Doug Fretty Fritz Coleman
Andy Natker Inggriani Shapiro
Debi Derryberry Harvey Jordan
Leah Danberg Susan Callery
Joyita Ghose Kerry Michael Warren
Stephen Bennett Kandy Stern
Howard Hill Desak Nyoman
Soedomo Mergonto  Brandon Wollner
Patricia Hebert Tolu Awosika
 Juliana Chiado
Karen Mangini
Doron Gazit
Jean Chaffee
Yunda Martha  



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