Lucy Passes on PETA

The Board of Trustees of Lucy the Elephant has decided to pass on a donation offer made by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Late last week, PETA reached out to Lucy offering to make a donation toward the current construction/painting project at the National Historic Landmark in exchange for allowing the iconic elephant to be used as a vehicle to promote awareness of the treatment of circus elephants. In their request, which was released to the media before reaching Lucy CEO, Richard Helfant, PETA asked to hang a banner on the Jersey Shore landmark with the same inscription as the elephant statue on display at their Washington, DC offices. Further, PETA wanted to attach a foam shackle to one of Lucy’s legs along with a teardrop below one of her eyes. The latter was of grave concern to Helfant who stated, “Lucy is a happy place. We must always insure that children who visit Lucy have a happy experience and leave with smiles on their faces. Anything that could sadden a child is not acceptable here at Lucy”. He added, “While every donation is important to an almost completely self-funded non-profit organization, this one comes with too many conditions. Lucy is a National Historic Landmark whose mission is historic preservation. We must be diligent in maintaining her stature as an NHL”.

PETA’S pre-mature release of their offer to Lucy lead the media and others to believe they were offering to fund the entire project. Helfant acknowledged this was not the case as the animal rights organization offered $2000 in exchange for using Lucy to help further their cause. Save Lucy Committee board member, Robert McGuigan, stated “Cruelty to animals is abhorrent, but given the divisive nature of some of PETA’s campaigns, Lucy is much better off seeking ‘no strings attached’ donations”.

The on-going project at Lucy includes replacement of the howdah (riding carriage) railings, as well as rust removal and painting of the entire 90 ton, 65-foot tall structure. The paint contractor, Alpine Painting & Sandblasting of Paterson, NJ, convinced Benjamin Moore & Co. to donate the 100 gallons of paint needed. The cost of the entire project is estimated to be $58,000. The 1772 Foundation, administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust, awarded Lucy an $11,000 grant toward the project. Still, a balance in excess of $35,000 must be raised to pay for the work, already underway.

The Save Lucy Committee has created a commemorative “I Helped Paint Lucy” T-shirt which is available for sale in Lucy’s gift shop and on her website; The shirt features Lucy with her trunk in the air happily spraying paint in all the colors of the rainbow. The shirt sells for $20. People can also make a monetary donation with a credit card on Lucy’s website. All donations are tax deductible.

To do our part in protecting the species, Lucy’s Board of Trustees has decided that a portion of any funds collected above and beyond the cost of this project will be donated to elephant sanctuaries in Florida and Tennessee.

Lucy is currently open every day; Weekdays from 11am to 4pm and weekends from 10am to 5pm. “Like” Lucy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too.

Help Paint Lucy: Fundraiser

In September 2015, Lucy the Elephant will get a facelift to keep her looking her very best.  At 134 years old, our beloved Lucy needs a new coat of paint to prevent rust and other factors from further deteriorating her "skin".  One way you can help is by purchasing our Collectible Painting Fundraiser T-Shirt by clicking here and becoming an Official Sponsor.  We encourage you to take a moment to watch the short video below about this essential project.  Help us Save Lucy!

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Pack Your "TRUNK" Vacation Raffle

EFFECTIVE:  Wednesday, December 24th, 2014    Lucy's Pack Your "TRUNK" Vacation Raffle has officially come to a close.

Congratulations to our winners!!!!!

Grand Prize Winner:
Ticket #218 -- Florence Walker of Galloway, NJ

Second Prize Winner:
Ticket #189 -- Scott & Myriam Gruhler of EHT, NJ

Thank you again to everybody who participated in the raffle!! Your generous support for Lucy is always appreciated. Remember, that a portion of your ticket price is tax-deductible under IRS guidelines.


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OFFICIAL RULES:  Must be at least 18 years old to enter.  No substitution or cash awarded in lieu of prizes.  Winning tickets will be drawn by Capaldi, Reynolds, & Pelosi, independent auditors of Lucy the Elephant.  Winner not be present to win.  Drawing to take place at Lucy the Elephant located at 9200 Atlantic Avenue in Margate, New Jersey, on December 24, 2014 at 1:00pm.  GRAND PRIZE: Four (4) business/first class roundtrip airfares between Philadelphia or New York and Honolulu; 7 nights and 8 days in a deluxe hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii; ground transportation to and from your home and the airport within 65 miles radius of Atlantic City, New Jersey; ground transfers airport/hotel in Hawaii.  SECOND PRIZE: 7 nights and 8 days deluxe Caribbean cruise from New York Cape Liberty or Baltimore, Maryland to the Caribbean. Cruise to include all meals, entertainment, gratuities, all port and government taxes, and ground transportation to and from your home to port within 65 mile radius of Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Items not included:  alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, cancellation insurance, items of personal nature, and excursions.  Travel arrangements must be made through Preferred Travel located at 2502 New Road in Northfield, New Jersey 08225.  Contact Marlene Garber, Travel Consultant, at (609)645-8000.  All proceeds from the sale of this raffle designated to pay off longterm debt, capital improvements, and general operating support of Lucy the Elephant, a National Historic Landmark.  Raffle limited to 1500 tickets.  Odds of winning are 1:749 provided all tickets are sold.  NJ LGCCC Identification #: 289-5-34355   Municipal RL #:  643

Lucy's 133rd Birthday Party

Lucy the Elephant, our region’s National Historic Landmark, will celebrate her birthday on Saturday, July 19th. The carnival-like event will begin at 10am and continue throughout the day until 8pm.

Music, food, and fun will be the order of the day as we celebrate 133 years of the World’s Largest Elephant. Everyone’s favorite stilt walker, MACKIE, will be on hand to greet Lucy’s friends and help celebrate her special day. New this year, Lucy will have a carnival Midway complete with games of chance and prizes.  No birthday party would be complete without hotdogs, soda, Philly Pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, peanuts, and of course, birthday cake. Also new this year, we have added roasted fresh Jersey corn on the cob…YUM! Slide down the Big Kahuna water slide, bounce in the Birthday Cake Moon Bounce, take a chance in the dunk tank, or climb the new 40’ rock wall.

Lucy, her staff, and volunteers will all be sporting mustaches and so can you. We have a Mustache tent set up where Lucy’s friends can get their own carnival “stache”. Our annual collectible Lucy Birthday t-shirt will be available in limited quantities whiles supplies last. Evelyn Johnson of Cape May Court House, author of Lucy’s official bedtime storybooks, will be on hand to sign copies of her highly acclaimed children’s books from 10am to 4pm.

Tours through the World’s Largest Elephant will be offered every half-hour. Revenue generated from sales throughout the birthday celebration will help offset operating costs and capital improvements to our National Historic Landmark.  Satellite parking is available at Union Avenue School playground. Entrance to the playground is located on Vendome Avenue between Winchester and Monmouth Avenues. A complimentary shuttle, furnished by the Atlantic City Jitney Association, will also be running every 15 minutes between the playground and Lucy from 10am to 8pm.

Stop by and say Happy Birthday to Lucy. “Like” Lucy on Facebook… and now on Twitter too. Don’t miss Lucy’s annual birthday bash. See you on the Midway!

Lucy's 133rd Birthday Party

Lucy's Art Exhibit, featuring Artist Jon Baker

All us here at Lucy the Elephant are pleased and excited to announce the premiere of Jon Baker's artwork with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm.  Click on the video below to watch an interview with Artist Jon Baker.  Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at Lucy's Gift Shop on online by clicking here

Interview with Artist Jon Baker

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