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Save the Chimps was originally founded by Carole Noon in response to an announcement from the US Air Force that it would no longer be conducting research on chimpanzees. The chimps were subsequently donated to a biomedical laboratory. Save the Chimps sued the Air Force on behalf of the chimps, and after a year of legal battles, gained custody of 21 chimps descended from forebears who had participated in the NASA space research program. Save the Chimps then purchased a 150-acre sanctuary where it built a 3-acre island with hills, shelter, and climbing structures for the chimps.

Today, Save the Chimps maintains a permanent sanctuary for the care of approximately 300 chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and households where they were kept as pets. The chimps live on a series of 12 interconnecting islands where they can roam freely. Caregivers come in to feed them, engage them in play without physical contact, and clean their living spaces. Because it does not endorse captive breeding, Save the Chimps performs vasectomies and employs female birth control with its animals. It also limits access to the chimps, only allowing visits from the board of directors, people who are working with the chimps, and specially invited members of the public.

16891 Carole Noon Ln.
Fort Pierce,
FL
US

• For $20, you get a Kemp's Ridley–level membership, which includes a Turtle Walk discount for one, free or reduced admission to 250 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) organizations, and a subscription to the "Marinelife Review" newsletter (a $40 value). • For $35, you get a Hawksbill-level membership, which includes discounts on a Turtle Walk for two and LMC's programs, summer camps, and birthday parties; free or reduced admission to 250 ASTC organizations; and a subscription to the "Marinelife Review" newsletter (a $70 value).

14200 U.S. 1
Juno Beach,
FL
US

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee John Daddono founded Jupiter Boxing Club to cultivate physical fitness and mental toughness in fighters age 5 and up. Five days a week, certified boxing teachers school students in pummeling techniques, such as how to land a right hook and how to dial Don King’s number with boxing gloves on. Students shadow a black belt during martial-arts classes such as kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which hone offensive maneuvers and self-defense strategies while melting calories and stress. In addition to teaching fighting fundamentals, the studio promotes full-body conditioning with an arsenal of cardio machines and weightlifting tools that sow envy in the hearts of construction cranes.

115 1st St
Jupiter,
FL
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Save Million Trees Organization works to reduce waste and protect the environment by helping Americans stop junk mail, and by promoting recycling programs in elementary schools and preschools. Along with donating small, desk-side recycling bins—color-coded to make it easier for young students to recycle—the organization hosts recycling workshops at its partner schools.

P.O. Box 531133
Lake Park,
FL
US

Though this year's event has yet to receive online reviews, the Keith Brooking Children's Foundation has been featured in the Examiner for its philanthropic mission:

9067 Southern Boulevard
West Palm Beach,
FL
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Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire to secure and maintain employment, as well as a support network and career-development tools to help them thrive both professionally and personally. Since its founding in 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 650,000 women around the world referred from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations and government agencies, including domestic-violence shelters, immigration services, and job-training programs.

Recognizing that finding employment is only one step in a woman's progress toward economic independence, Dress for Success also supports women through its Professional Women's Group, which helps them transition to the workforce, find mentors, and build thriving careers.

128 S Dixie Hwy
Lake Worth,
FL
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