Tiger Mass Gathering
Tigers Need Your Help!
Participate in a World Record!
Don't Miss This Opportunity
My name is Jason Savage, director of the Zoë Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to help save the tiger. We began our mission in 1985 in Charleston, SC. We incorporated in North Carolina in 2000 and filed for non-profit status with the IRS in 2005. Our EIN is 52-2234212.
This event is a fundraiser for the foundation. Funds will help us continue with our mission objectives. They are reviewed further down the page. Let me clarify this event.
The Tiger Mass Gathering is not a group of real tigers. It is a group of people all dressed in tiger costumes. Guinness calls it a Mass Gathering. They actually monitor a record for the largest number of people gathered in tiger costumes. What fun! We want to set that record. A Guinness account representative said they set the minimum at 250 participants. We want 300 fundraisers to join us to set the record and raise funds for the foundation.
Do you run or walk to support your selected cause? This isn't a run or walk, but it will be fun and memorable. Anyone can participate in this event. I would like your peer to peer fundraising expertise to make this event a success.
A Guinness World Records Attempt
Official Guinness Certificate
If at least 250 fundraisers reach the $350 minimum goal, each participant in the gathering will receive an official certificate from Guinness.
The only way to get one of these is from Guinness. They ferociously guard their brand. Guinness will not permit me to make certificates with their logo.
Take part in this record establishing event and get an official certificate to commemorate your achievement.
This is your opportunity to participate in a Guinness World Records attempt. We can establish a world record for the number of people in tiger suits. The guidelines about the exact format needs to come from Guinness. The application has been submitted. The minimum number of participants has been set by Guinness at 250. You will get a tiger suit that you can keep.
This is a fun event to celebrate reaching our fundraising goal and a new Guinness record.
In addition, if at least 250 fundraisers reach their $350 minimum goal, each participant in the gathering will receive a framed Tiger Mass Gathering commemorative.
More Than a Gathering
This is going to be more than a simple gathering. Have you ever been in a marching band? We want our 'tigers' to position themselves in a 'Save the Tiger' formation in an open field or stadium. Don't worry, we will have help from a marching band leader and volunteers. We may even use color boards to change letter coloring. It will be fun!
We will have a drone or helicopter take aerial photographs and video. We will make prints and video of the formation available to participants.
At left is a rendition of how a formation might look when done in a stadium. We will be speaking to local media well before the event. This will focus much needed national attention to the tiger's plight. This event is all about generating publicity so people will be more aware of the tiger's fight for survival. You may think that everyone knows there are less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild, but they don't. Maybe if they did, they would help.
I had the privilege to work with world renowned tiger expert, Zoologist, and my friend Dr. Michael Bleyman, who passed from cancer in 1996.
I am organizing the Tiger Mass Gathering in honor of Michael. Net proceeds raised through your efforts as a VIP (Very Important Participant) for this event will be used to further four goals.
Goal one. Focus awareness on the tiger's march toward extinction. There are fewer that 3,900 (figures vary) remaining in the wild. Habitat loss and poaching are taking away one of the earth's most beloved animals. A Guinness World Record judge will be present on site to certify our record. Guinness states that wherever their judges go, publicity follows. We can get a lot of eyes focused on the tiger's plight.
Goal two is the commission of a bronze bas-relief sculpture of Dr. Bleymen with two of his favorite tigers, Romeo and Mini. Dr. Bleyman dedicated his life to saving endangered species with a particular interest in the tiger. I believe his efforts should be honored and never forgotten. A location for the bas-relief will be decided at a later date. Miniatures will be made available to aid our fundraising efforts.
Goal three is the establishment of the Dr. Michael Bleyman Save the Tiger Fellowship.
College seniors who intend to further their education in the field of conservation genetics or zoology will be invited to apply. Particular interest will be paid to students who can demonstrate how their pursuit will help save the tiger. A select committee will decide the recipient. The fellowship will be $10,000. We will announce the fellowship application via this Web site, social media, e-mail, and press releases.
Continue with our Tiger Preservation Initiatives™. (1) Funds raised will enable us to catalog generic tigers in private facilities, that could, if all else fails, be bred to preserve the species. DNA would be used to identify unrelated pairs. (2) Sponsorship of selected tiger rescues. Depending on available funds we would work with existing preserves in their effort to save tigers that are or were being kept in deplorable conditions. Tigra is a good example.(3) Identify in-situ programs that are benefitting wild tigers and help with their successful implementation.
You are the most important person in this endeavor. With your help we can reach these goals and help save the tiger before its too late. I have put together incentives for you and your personal sponsors. I hope the incentives will intrigue you enough to participate in this Guinness World Records attempt. The incentives for your personal sponsors should draw their attention and help you handily reach and surpass your fundraising goal.
This event is one you will undoubtedly remember for the rest of your life. Every time you look at your commemorative you will remember this event and the tiger's fight for survival. We will have a videographer on site to record the experience. In addition, we will have a Guinness judge at the event to immediately verify our record. Help us make this fundraiser a monumental success!
Participation is Limited
Entrance into this fundraising event will be limited to 300 participants, each pledging to raise a minimum of $350 from personal sponsors. Each fundraiser raising the minimum $350 will receive 1 ticket in the Fundraiser Only drawing jar. Participant selections will be made based on a paragraph or two expressing your thoughts on saving the tiger and your desire to participate in this event.
You Can Do It!
You Can Become a Successful Fundraiser
Absolutely you can do it. To help your efforts, you will be able to create a personal fundraising page through FirstGiving. Read this page. We will direct you to the registration page after all participants are selected. Registration will be only $25. In addition, we have a Fundraising Suggestions page for your review.
When you reach $350 in sponsorships, we will return your $25 registration fee. How about that!
To further help secure support for your participation in this event, I have put together the following incentives. Your sponsors will definitely want to come on board. Take a look.
(Personal sponsors are those individuals who make donations on your fundraising page which you will set up on FirstGiving. You will not have to collect donations in the form of checks or cash. Nor will you be required to handle raffle tickets. That will all be done electronically. All donations will come through your personal fundraising page.)
Personal Sponsor Perks
Personal Sponsor Commemorative
I designed a commemorative for your personal sponsors. Every person who donates to you will receive a link to this file. These are PDF files that can be personalized on screen and then printed by each sponsor. Click here to view a full size commemorative.
Personal Sponsors Raffle
Personal sponsors do not have to be present to win.
For every $10 donated on behalf of one of our event participants (that would be you), the personal sponsor will receive one ticket into the Personal Sponsors Raffle. Click here to read the raffle rules and methodology. Vacation values over $6,500. All federal taxes on winning prize will be paid by event organizer.
San Diego Safari Park Adventure
24 Runner's up will receive an 18" x 24" signed Ocracoke lithograph designed by yours truly, Jason Savage. The lithograph will be mailed to winners. ($35 Value)
For Fundraisers & Corporate Sponsors Only!
Survival at Risk
Available exclusively through this Zoe Foundation fundraiser!
Carl Regutti’s works-of-art are of international scope - collected in North America, Europe and Asia. Regutti was an extremely versatile sculptor with talents ranging from ultra-realism to abstract. He created art from monumental size to miniatures in classic bronze, pure silver, ceramics, stone, and polymerics such as bonded marble. His prize winning sculptures range widely - wildlife, western & rodeo, equestrian, human portraiture, and corporate images. He has successfully created sculptural art projects and memorials costing $500,000. Mr. Regutti sculpted the life size bronze of Aristides, the winner of the first Kentucky Derby in 1875. The bronze resides in front of the historic clubhouse at Churchill Downs.
HEROISM & SACRIFICE - Remembering their dedication, Honoring their sacrifices by Carl W. Regutti was dedicated on May 6, 2006. Located in the center of historic Nash Square, Raleigh NC, the total Memorial is 50 feet diameter. The central sculpture "Heroism & Sacrifice" is comprised of four life-size bronze firefighters in a realistic action collapsed building fatal fire scene, uniquely the first time such has been created in a large prestigious memorial. One firefighter is dying, having been crushed by a fallen I-beam; a comrade is holding the fallen firefighter’s head and calling for help; another firefighter is struggling to lift off the heavy I-beam; and the fourth firefighter is using an attack hose to keep the fire away from the rest of the team.
Their realistic facial expressions add to the intense drama and impact of this unique Memorial. Designed for 360 degrees viewing, wherever a visitor stands, a face of at least one firefighter is always visible. The sculpture is also lighting engineered for night-time fire effects. Surrounding this central masterpiece sculpture is a brick wall with granite slabs on which is engraved the names of all North Carolina’s fallen firefighters, past, currently and will also have those fallen in future centuries... thus becoming a "living memorial". This special Memorial is a "team development" of many people, companies and organizations... and was approved unanimously by the prestigious State Historic Commission and has already been recognized nationwide.
My friend Carl Regutti passed away on April 30, 2013. You can read more about Carl at Freedom Memorials.
Survival at Risk Resin Casts
The original Survival at Risk is 12.5" high. Serra Designs out of Henderson, KY is going to produce a 6" high resin casting of the original. Fundraisers raising $750 or more will receive one of these castings plus 2 extra tickets in the Fundraisers Only drawing jar. You can select a Gold, Silver, or Bronze patina.
A fundraiser raising $3,000 or more will receive a full size, real bronze, limited edition Survival at Risk, valued at $2,100 and 3 extra tickets placed into our special Fundraisers Only drawing jar.
The only way anyone can receive one of these sculptures is through the Zoe Foundation. They will not be available through art galleries or stores. Corporate/Business sponsors click here.
Zaxby's will cater a post event celebration. Refreshments will include beer, cider, soft drinks, and water. Raffle tickets will be drawn and special awards presented. Entertainment provided. RSVP
Fundraisers Only Drawings
You have the opportunity to win the same vacation selection presented in the Personal Sponsors raffle. (Vacation values over $6,500)
24 Runner's up will receive an 18" x 24" signed Charleston lithograph designed by yours truly, Jason Savage. ($35 Value)
The drawings will continue for other donated prizes.
How fast can you raise $350
Additional Incentive from Registration Date
Top Fundraising Team (4 People)
Dinner for 4 at the Second Empire Restaurant plus each member receives a framed laminated commemorative with your team photo.
Rewards for the Top 3 Fundraisers
Providing that at least 250 fundraisers reach the $350 minimum goal, the Top Fundraiser will receive the same vacation selection presented in the Personal Sponsors raffle. (Vacation values over $6,500)
2nd Place - $500
3rd Place - $250
(To be eligible for these rewards, the fundraiser must raise a minimum of $1,500)
Test the Waters
I invite you to help us focus awareness on the tiger's plight and reach our stated goals. The tiger is running out of time.
You know you would like to be a part of Guinness World Records event! Contact potential personal sponsors and get the lay of the land. You can probably make a determination about your ability to raise the $350 minimum very quickly. Tell your potential sponsors about their opportunity to win one of twenty-five prizes! Direct your prospects to the Sponsor Incentives page. Remember, this event will be limited to 300 participants.
You only need 35 sponsors @ $10 each and you have fulfilled your minimum entrance requirement!
One way to look at it would be in terms of raffle tickets. You only need to get 35 sponsors at $10 each to reach your minimum entrance requirement. Each $10 sponsor will get 1 raffle ticket placed in the Sponsors Only raffle barrel . If a sponsor donates $20 they would get 2 raffle tickets placed in the Sponsors Only raffle barrel, and so on.
Unlike some fundraisers where participants can keep raising funds after the event, we are going to have a starting and ending date. From the start date, participants will have 90 days to reach the minimum $350 entrance requirement.
Here is an organizational timeline. Dates can change based on when we receive the guidelines from Guinness and how quickly we can sign up participants and sponsors.
Participation in this event is by invitation. This is a fundraiser for the Zoe Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization working to help save the tiger before extinction. We don’t want to invite just anyone. We want passionate tiger lovers. Small cat lovers are welcome too. And dog lovers as well. Sales men & women. Great! Only 300 people will be selected. Tell me in 300 words or less why you would like to participate in this inaugural Tiger Mass Gathering. Are you confident you can raise $350 to participate in this event and help the Zoe Foundation focus awareness on the tiger's plight, honor Dr. Michael Bleyman, and set a new record? What are your thoughts on saving the tiger? Make your case for your selection today!
Submit your invitation form ASAP! Only 300 participants will be selected.