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Deloitte Impact Day at High Park Zoo

On Friday October 3rd,B thousands of Deloitte Canada employees from coast to coast volunteered with a variety of charity projectsB across the country.B A team of 15 ambitious Deloitte employees volunteered their day to helpB Friends of High Park ZooB enhance our Marketing & Fundraising Strategy with a specific focus on Community Engagement & Social Media awareness.

Thanks to all the great ideas, innovative insights and time commitment in helping the FoHPZ support and enhance the zoo experience.

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Deloitte Impact Day with Friends of High Park Zoo

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Grandparents Day in High Park Zoo

TORONTO Sept 2, 2014
On Sunday September 7, 2014 come celebrate Grandparent day with your family at High Park Zoo. From 11 am to 2 pm, visitors may pet and feed the llamas, pet rabbits, and colour at the Zoo llama pen. High Park Zoo is open daily, free of charge, from 7am until dusk. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

High Park Zoo has been open for 120 years and is one of the oldest zoos in North America. The Zoo is located in High Park, a short walk from the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and Grenadier Restaurant. Free parking available near the Zoobs entrances.

There are many other activities taking place on Grandparentsb day in High Park Zoo including an Afternoon Tea at Grenadier Restaurant, walking tours led by Colborne Lodge staff and activities at the High Park Nature Centre.

For those who canbt make it to High Park Zoo for Grandparentsb Day, they can still enjoy the llama pen activities from 11 am to 2 pm on weekends and holidays until the end of October.

Donations to support High Park Zoo may be made to Friends of High Park Zoo in person at the Zoo donation stations, by mail or online. Donation instructions are located at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. Their current focus is to improve the Zoo through new capital projects.

Grandparents' Day 2014 Poster

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Friends of High Park Zoo Initiative Raises $110,000

TORONTO Aug 27, 2014
Friends of High Park Zoo primary fundraiser for 2014, the Honey Family Foundation Matching Initiative concluded on July 31, 2014. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the Honey Family Foundation, which matched community donations, Friends of High Park Zoo raised $110,000 to help improve the Zoo llama pen, where Honey the llama calls home.

Of the $110,000 raised, $50,000 was donated by community members, and the Honey Family Foundation contributed $60,000. Collectively the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative helped raise over $327,000 to support the Zoo since the launch of the initiative in 2012, when City funding for the Zoo was withdrawn. Their continued support was essential in the effort to save High Park Zoo.

“Thank you does not even begin to show my appreciation to the Honey Family Foundation for believing in the Friends of High Park Zoo and the residents of Toronto. Without their matching fund these past three years we may have seen the Zoo close after 120 years. Thank you to every resident who has donated to match these funds.b said Councillor Sarah Doucette

Now that High Park Zoo operating costs have been returned to the City budget, every penny raised by Friends of High Park Zoo will go towards enhancing the Zoo, primarily through capital projects that include landscaping, refurbishing the current llama pen and creating new additions.

The success of our 2014 matching initiative would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers, who opened the llama pens so families could interact with the animals every weekend, and who continue to help in any way they can, said Janet Evans, member of the Friends of High Park Zoo Board of Directors. We would like to thank everyone who donated and helped raise awareness and support for High Park Zoo.

The llama pen will continue to be open from 11 am to 2 pm on weekends and holidays until the end of October. High Park Zoo is open every day from 7 am until dusk with free admission. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

While the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative has concluded, donations may still be made in person at the Zoo donation stations, by mail or online. Donation instructions are located at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization.

 

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High Park Zoo Honey Match Extended to July 31, 2014

TORONTO July 10, 2014

Friends of High Park Zoo primary annual fundraiser, the Honey Family Foundation Matching Initiative, has been extended until July 31st. This fundraiser doubles all donations made to the Zoo before the end of the match initiative. So far over $30,000 has been donated during the match, which is approximately half way to this year goal of raising $60,000 in donations. If the goal is reached by July 31st, the total contribution made to the Zoo will be 120 thousand dollars, to coincide with the Zoo 120th birthday.

Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit organization, and works with volunteers, donors and stakeholders to support and improve the Zoo. This year, donations made to the Honey Match Initiative will help to improve the Llama pen, where Honey the llama calls home. Plans include landscaping, refurbishments, and new additions to the llama pen, providing a better experience for the animals and visitors alike.

Donations may be made online, by mail or at the Zoo donation stations. Donation instructions are located at online at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate . All donations of $10 or more through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt.

With the generous support of visitors, volunteers, donors and stakeholders, Friends of High Park Zoo was able to save the Zoo from closure when it was removed from the City budget in 2012. Friends of High Park Zoo has received tremendous support in order keep the Zoo open, and now that funding has been restored in the City budget, they are looking towards the future to develop improvements to be enjoyed by all.

High Park Zoo is open from 7am until dusk with free admission. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep. On weekends and holidays the Llama Pen is open from 11am to 2pm for family activities, allowing visitors to interact directly with the llamas, capybaras and rabbit.

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Victoria Day Weekend at High Park Zoo

B High Park Zoo Llama Pen will be open on Victoria Day weekend, including Monday May 19th from 11am to 2pm to allow the public to interact directly with the llamas, capybaras, rabbit and baby chicks at High Park Zoo. Visitors can feed and pet the llamas, and kids can color in the craft area at the Llama Pen. They can also see the baby animals born this spring, including a reindeer, highland calf and Barbary sheep.

High Park Zoo is open from 7am until dusk with free admission. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep. This community Zoo has been open for 120 years and is one of the oldest zoos in North America.

The Zoo is located in High Park, Toronto’s largest public park. The May long weekend is the perfect opportunity to visit the Zoo and see the cherry trees begin to bloom. As the park will be very busy with people visiting to see the cherry blossoms, use of the TTC, walking or cycling is recommended for easy access to the park.

High Park is a great place for all kinds of visitors: children, adults, and even four legged friends. The Jamie Bell Adventure Playground is a fantastic place for kids, located near High Park Zoo. Visitors can also explore nature trails to connect them to the dog parks, tennis courts, baseball diamond, and much more included in the park.

Friends of High Park Zoo collects donations to help support and enhance the Zoo. Through the Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative for 2014, donations made to the Zoo by June 30th will be doubled. If Friends of High Park Zoo goal of $60,000 is raised by the end of June, the Honey Family Foundation will match the funds for a total of $120,000. Donations raised will be used to improve High Park Zoo, starting with refurbishing and building new additions to the llama pen.

In order to be eligible for the Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative, a donation can be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) online or onsite at the Donation Stations. For more information about High Park Zoo, please visit www.HighParkZoo.ca.

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Easter at High Park Zoo

  • Pet an Easter Bunny, baby chicks and llamas from Friday April 18th until Monday April 21st at High Park Zoo llama pen from 11am b 2pm.
  • Additional Easter activities, including an Easter egg hunt, on Friday April 18th from 11am to 1:30pm, or while supplies last.
  • Zoo open daily from 7am until dusk, free of charge.

TORONTO April 14, 2014

Celebrate Easter at High Park Zoo llama pen, where families can pet an Easter bunny and baby chicks as well as llamas. While the zoo is open daily from 7am until dusk, visitors can interact with the bunny, chicks and llamas from 11am until 2pm starting Friday April 18th until Monday April 21st. Additional Easter activities, including crafts and an Easter Egg hunt, will take place on Friday April 18th from 11am until 1:30pm, which supplies last. There is no fee to visit the zoo or to participate in these activities.

In addition to visiting High Park Zoo, there are many other fun things for families to enjoy in High Park during the Easter weekend. You can learn about 19th-century Easter traditions at the nearby Colborne Lodge (details at www.highpark.org) or let children imaginations run wild at the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground. There are also off-leash dog parks, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, nature trails and much more for people of all ages to enjoy.

High Park is Toronto’s largest public park, and High Park Zoo, located in the park, is one of the oldest zoos in North America. High Park Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

Friends of High Park Zoo collects donations to help support and enhance the Zoo. Through the Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative for 2014, donations made to the Zoo by June 30th will be doubled. If Friends of High Park Zoobs goal of $60,000 is raised by the end of June, the Honey Family Foundation will match the funds for a total of $120,000. Donations raised will be used to improve High Park Zoo, starting with refurbishing and building new additions to the llama pen.

In order to be eligible for the Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative, a donation must be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) online at torontoparksandtrees.org or onsite at the Donation Stations. For more information about High Park Zoo, please visit www.HighParkZoo.ca

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Friends of High Park Zoo Begins Llama Pen Activities for 2014 Season

Friends of High Park Zoo Begins Llama Pen Activities for 2014 Season

Beginning Sunday April 6, 2014: Llama Pen will be open weekends and statutory holidays at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm from April until the end of October to allow visitors to interact with High Park Zoo animals.

High Park Zoo is open daily from 7:00 am to dusk.

Friends of High Park Zoo needs your help to turn $60,000 into $120,000 by June 30, 2014 with the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative.

Donations will help enhance and improve the llama pen by funding new additions, refurbishing and landscaping.

 

TORONTO April 3, 2014
Friends of High Park Zoo volunteers will begin Llama Pen Activities on Sunday April 6, 2014, allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas and interact with other animals such as chickens, rabbits and capybaras.

These free activities will take place every weekend and statutory holiday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm until the end of October, weather dependent.

The Llama Pen Activities are a popular feature at High Park Zoo which allows interaction with some of the animals. The Zoo is open daily from 7am until dusk for visitors to observe the bison, emus, yaks, peacocks, reindeer and more.

After a long winter we are pleased to announce the Llama pen activities will now be open. It has become a right of spring to watch families interact with the animals and their neighbours notes John Formosa, Chair of Friends of High Park Zoo.

This year is extra special as it kicks off our Honey Family Foundation match initiative which will provide Honey the Llama a much needed new home.

Friends of High Park Zoo collects donations from visitors to help support and enhance the Zoo. Through the Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative for 2014, donations made to the Zoo by June 30th will be doubled. If our goal of raising $60,000 is achieved by the end of June, the Honey Family Foundation will match our funds for a total of $120,000.

These funds will be used towards capital projects, specifically to improve High Park Zoobs llama pen (Honeybs home).

Donations will be used to refurbish and landscape the llama pen and to create new additions, benefitting the llamas and visitors alike.

In order to be eligible for the Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative, a donation must be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) online, onsite at the Donation Stations or by mail. All donations of $10 or more through the TPTF (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt

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FHPZ Launches Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative for 2014

Friends of High Park Zoo Launches Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative for 2014

  • Friends of High Park Zoo Announces Launch of its Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative for 2014
  • Initiative Increased by 20%; Looks to Raise $120,000 For Llama Pen Project
  • Match Runs From Beginning of March 2014 to End of June 2014
  • Our First Donation was From Nine Year-Old Alexandra b Her Birthday Gift to the Zoo

TORONTO, March 3, 2014
Friends of High Park Zoo announces the launch of our Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative for 2014. Since operating funding for the Zoo was restored on January 30, 2014, we are now in a position to turn our attention to capital projects to enhance and sustain the Zoo. This initiative is critical since no capital funding has been allocated to the Zoo in the City budget; help us ensure High Park Zoo is around for another 120 years.

Following two years of successful Honey Family Foundation Matching initiatives (that have raised in excess of $200,000 to support High Park Zoo), the Honey Family Foundation has agreed to increase the size of the matching program for its final year by 20% to $60,000 in 2014. If we can raise $60,000 by the end of June 2014, the Honey Family Foundation will match our funds for a total of $120,000. This coincides the Zoo legacy of 120 years. Proceeds from this initiative will help to enhance the Zoo and will be directed exclusively toward our Llama Pen Project b to improve High Park Zoo llama pen (Honey home).

Our first donation toward our $60,000 goal was received yesterday at our AGM, where Alexandra presented a donation of $280 to Friends of High Park Zoo. This donation was raised in lieu of gifts for her recent 9th birthday. bWe would like to thank Alexandra and her friends for their kind and generous donation to High Park Zoo,b notes John Formosa, Chair of Friends of High Park Zoo. bIt is this kind of generosity and altruism that not only makes a caring community, but makes a great city. Please help us to build on Alexandra gift by donating to our Honey Family Match Initiative for 2014.b Friends of High Park Zoo looks forward to an exciting year in 2014 as, after saving and supporting the Zoo over the past two years, we now embark on our third chapter: enhancing and sustaining the Zoo.

In order to be eligible for the Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative, a donation must be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) online, onsite or by mail. Your donations through TPTF (if our goal of $60,000 is achieved by June 30, 2014) will be matched by the Honey Family Foundation dollar for dollar up to their matching funds of $60,000. All donations of $10 or more through the TPTF (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt and a 100% return on your investment! highparkzoo.ca/participate

 

 

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Friends of High Park Zoo Welcomes Restored Operating Funding For High Park Zoo

Friends of High Park Zoo Welcomes Restored Operating Funding For High Park Zoo

  • Friends of High Park Zoo Welcomes The Reinstatement of Operating Funds in 2014 Budget
  • Our Role As a Vital Link Between the City and Its Residents Remains Ongoing
  • Capital Fundraising to Be Included in 2014 to Improve and Enhance High Park Zoo
  • Our Vision and Mission Remain Unchanged, We Look Forward to an Exciting 2014 at the Zoo

TORONTO, January 31, 2014
Friends of High Park Zoo notes that yesterday Toronto City Council approved their final 2014 budget that included the reinstatement of the $228,000 of annual operating costs for High Park Zoo. While this reinstatement is welcome as it corrects the 2012 decision to cut the funding for High Park Zoo (forcing Friends of High Park Zoo into action to keep the Zoo open by raising $342,000 of operating costs that were paid to the City over two years), Friends of High Park Zoo continues to see its role as a vital, ongoing connection between the City and its residents.

Thank you to our visitors, volunteers and all of our stakeholders for helping to raise awareness and support for High Park Zoo over the past two years, says John Formosa, Chair of Friends of High Park Zoo. With over one million visitors passing through the gates since the beginning of 2012, Toronto residents have shown that the 120 year-old High Park Zoo is a valuable resource that should be supported by their tax base.

Now with restored Zoo operating funding, Friends of High Park Zoo, in addition to running its llama pen and other family activities throughout the year, will be looking to include capital project fundraising in 2014 in order to improve and enhance the Zoo. Some examples of needed investment for the Zoo include making it more accessible to the public, improving the animal paddocks and creating more educational components for our visitors.

Even with the return of sustainable operating funding to the Zoo, Friends of High Park Zoo Vision remains unchanged: To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy. Our Vision continues to be supported by our Mission: To enhance High Park Zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while promoting education, awareness and fundraising for the Zoo.

We look forward to an exciting 2014 at High Park Zoo as we embark on our next chapter. Remember to Donate, Volunteer and Visit. This allows us to enhance your High Park Zoo.

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Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations

Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations

  • Nominations for Eligible Candidates are Due January 31, 2014
  • AGM to be held Sunday March 2, 2014 at Howard Park Tennis Club (in Toronto) 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Up to Nine Directors Will be Elected on One and Two-Year Terms

Friends of High Park Zoo is governed by an elected volunteer member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of no fewer than five (5) and no more than nine (9) Directors serving either one or two-year terms. Officer positions include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

This year election will be held at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 2, 2014 at Howard Park Tennis Club – on the east side of High Park in Toronto http://www.howardparktennis.com/about-us/location/ – from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

To be eligible to be nominated, a Friends of High Park Zoo Board candidate must be a Member in good standing, at least eighteen (18) years of age and legally capable of serving as a director of a not-for-profit corporation in Ontario (see details below). To be eligible as a Member in good standing of Friends of High Park Zoo, a donation during 2013 (or by January 31, 2014) must have been made to Friends of High Park Zoo or on behalf of Friends of High Park Zoo to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. (Visit https://www.highparkzoo.ca/participate for more information.) Members can nominate themselves or other Members to be Board candidates.

In 2014, Friends of High Park Zoo will elect up to nine directors: on one and two-year terms.

For more information, please visit http://www.deondesigns.com/highparkzoo2/friends-of-high-park-zoo-board-posting-december-2013-finala/

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