ROCKFORD SOCK MONKEY DOLL AUTOGRAPHED BY JANE GOODALL,
RENOWNED PRIMATE FIELD RESEARCHER
Whimsical symbol of Rockford’s industrial history gains celebrity attention at international event
ROCKFORD, Ill., April 10, 2008 – Dr. Dame Jane Goodall, whose scientific observation of chimpanzees in the rain forests of Tanzania in the 1960s revolutionized our understanding of humans’ closest kin, was keynote lecturer at a recent professional conference in San Diego. At the book signing that followed, she autographed a sock monkey doll that had been hand crafted for Midway Village Museum from Original Rockford Red-Heeled Socks. The dolls have become an iconic symbol of Rockford’s industrial history and a popular collector’s item worldwide.
The autographed sock monkey will be auctioned online at e-Bay, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund of the Rockford chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
The monkey was presented to Dr. Goodall for signing by Dena Mattausch of the Rockford-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation. Mattausch, who won a Chamberlain scholarship from AFP International to attend its annual conference, hatched the idea of auctioning the doll as a means of giving back to AFP’s scholarship fund.
The seven-day auction will go live on Tuesday morning, April 15. To bid, go to www.eBay.com and search by key words “Jane Goodall sock monkey.” Or go to www.fma-foundation.org and click on Online Auction.
About FMA Foundation
The FMA Foundation is a charitable organization that offers grants to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions introducing young people to metal forming careers in manufacturing, provides funding to organizations starting or expanding manufacturing camps for youth, and issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in manufacturing. More information on the foundation is available by visiting www.fma-foundation.org.