Last year the Venice Supper Club had the honor of hosting an intimate dinner to raise funds for Dr. Jane Goodall, the legendary UN Messenger of Peace and Environmental Conservationist known for her work with chimpanzees.  This extraordinary opportunity allowed us to bring together an iconic woman, incredible guests, and delicious food created by our collaborator, Chef Samuel Monsour.

Jane isn’t a flashy celebrity; she’s modest, earthy, and cares most about connecting with animals and children.  So we kept the decor beautiful but simple.  Guests brought their children for a chance to get a photo with this living legend.  This created a very special evening of togetherness and conversation centering around creating world peace beginning with how we care for animals, children, and the Earth.

My two favorite moments of meeting Jane Goodall:  this gorgeous 81 year old woman asking me for a whisky straight up and her love affair with the Venice Supper Club mascot chihuahua, Lola. xxx, Leah

“In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of local people who are critical to chimpanzee survival. Our community-centered conservation programs in Africa include sustainable development projects that engage local people as true partners. These programs began around Gombe in 1994, but have since been replicated in other parts of the continent. Likewise, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which Jane started with a group of Tanzania students in 1991, is today the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program for young people from preschool through university with nearly 150,000 members in more than 120 countries.”


“Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people.  Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face.  From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action.

Our young members are part of a wave of change across the globe for people, animals and the environment. It is when the minds and hearts of many come together and act as one that we achieve measurable change and lasting impact for our future.

Be a part of the wave of young people around the world. Throw your stone in the water with Dr. Jane, make a wave with Roots & Shoots and BE COUNTED towards improving our world!

In 1991, a group of 12 local teenagers met with Dr. Jane Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They were eager to discuss a range of problems they knew about from first-hand experience that caused them deep concern. Dr. Jane was impressed by their compassion, their energy and their desire to develop a solution to problems. It was with these young people that Roots & Shoots was born.

Today, the Roots & Shoots network has blossomed into more than 150,000  members in over 130 countries, all working on local and global service projects.”

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