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Honey Match Update #2: THANK YOU, We Raised $70,000 for the Zoo

THANK YOU!!

The funds raised have been matched thanks to the generous support of the Honey Family Foundation and the Griggs Family Foundation. Your donations will help refurbish the Llama Pen (Honey Home).

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2015 Donation Matching Initiative Launched at High Park Zoo

Toronto March 3, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, Friends of High Park Zoo has launched its Honey Match Initiative thanks to the generous support of the Honey Family Foundation. This year the foundation will match donations up to $20,000 that are made to Friends of High Park Zoo by June 30, 2015.

The Honey Family Foundation’s generosity has enabled the Friends of High Park Zoo to keep the Zoo open. Their matching funds over three year has raised over $327,000 before this year match up to $20,000. Thank you is not enough to express my gratitude to them.b said Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, who attended the Friends of High Park Zoo AGM where the match campaign was announced.

The funds raised during the match initiative will help improve the Zoo Llama Pen. This pen is a particularly special feature at the Zoo because volunteers open the gates and allow visitors to pet and feed the llamas every weekend and statutory holiday from 11 am to 2 pm starting in April until October.

At 122 years old, High Park Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in North America, and it is in need of new capital improvements such as those that Friends of High Park Zoo are exploring at the Llama Pen. Friends of High Park Zoo is currently working on a Master Plan covering the entire Zoo which will provide a roadmap to ensure it will remain a beautiful community Zoo for the next 120 years to come.

Last year the Honey Family Foundation contributed over $60,000 towards the Honey Match Initiative, helping Friends of High Park Zoo to raise a total of $110,000. These funds will be used for refurbishing, landscaping, and to make new additions to the llama pen. This project will be the first component of the Master Plan which will include input from industry experts and community consultation.

Donations may be made online, by mail or at the Zoo donation station. 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.

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.

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FHPZ Announces 2015 Annual General Meeting

AGM to be held Sunday March 1, 2015 at Howard Park Tennis Club (in Toronto) 2 pm to 4 pm

 

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Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations for 2015 AGM

Nominations for Eligible Candidates are Due February 15, 2015
AGM to be held Sunday March 1, 2015 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

Overview

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.B Officer positions include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

This yearbs election will be held at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 1, 2015 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).B To be eligible as a Member in good standing of Friends of High Park Zoo, either: (a) a donation during 2014 (or by February 15, 2015) 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; or (b) 10 hours of volunteer time must have been contributed. B (Visit https://www.highparkzoo.ca/participate for more information.)B Members can nominate themselves or other Members to be Board candidates.

In 2015, Friends of High Park Zoo will elect up to nine directors: on one and two-year terms. In 2015, the Board is particularly seeking candidates with experience in Fundraising and Grant Writing. A successful candidate will demonstrate general fundraising and grant writing experience as well a background in corporate, foundation and endowment fundraising.

For more information, please visit: http://www.deondesigns.com/highparkzoo2/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Friends-of-High-Park-Zoo-Board-Posting-January-29-2014-FINAL.pdf

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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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