Dear friends and family of Paige:

Jeff Parness here. You guessed it. Paige’s FAVORITE “Illegitimate Step-Brother” (also her only one). So here’s the deal:

For those of you who have been watching the GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to build PAIGE’S OUTPOST in Tanzania through the Big Life Foundation….we are almost there!!!

We have raised $21,175 in less than one month…..AND….when we hit the $25,000 mark, Big Life Foundation will officially name the Outpost after Paige! 

Also, this critical initial goal will supply Big Life the basic funds necessary to make Paige’s Outpost functional for the rangers to protect the elephants Paige loves so much.

We are going to keep raising funds to “fully load” Paige’s Outpost after we hit the $25,000 mark and I have already identified a potential major family foundation donor I will approach to support Big Life in getting Paige’s Outpost to the level she dreams about.

Just a little over $3,800 more to go to hit the $25,000 mark and Paige’s Outpost becomes a reality!!! We can do this today!!!



OK, for the rest of you, here is the special surprise:

There are two very special little girls in Boulder Colorado who are going to each donate $1.00 to take Paige’s Outpost “over the top” and get us to the $25,000 mark.

We want to make it possible so that Sterling and Harper are the ones who each donate the last dollars to make Paige’s Outpost a reality and build this incredible structure dedicated to their “Eemah.”

So here is where we need your help: We still need to raise $3,800 to take the GoFundMe account from $21,175 to $24,975 and then we are going to ask everyone to PAUSE in making further donations so that Paige’s daughters can work their magic.

At the point you help us get to $24,975, we are going to round up the donations to $24,998 at which point Shelly will help the girls each donate $1.00 online and leave a special message for Paige.

Sterling and Harper should be the one to make Paige’s Outpost a reality.

But we still need your help to raise the next $3,800 to get to this point. If you have not yet made a donation, please go to and please donate right now. ANY AMOUNT is meaningful in this effort to lift Paige’s spirits and make this special dream come true. It literally takes a minute to make a donation online.

Also, please feel free to share this special opportunity with YOUR friends and families and colleagues. People love to be part of something to lift someone’s spirits and build something special in someone’s honor and each donation from each person will help Big Life make an even greater impact in stopping poachers from making these beautiful creatures extinct in the land that Paige loves with all her heart.

Please give, please share, please offer this beautiful opportunity to those around you to be part of something truly special and lift Paige’s spirit in her continued fight.

With much love and thanks,

Jeff, Sandy, Evan and Squashy Joshy – the man behind the mission – Parness

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