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120 Years of High Park Zoo

Join Friends of High Park Zoo’s New Initiative: 120 Years of High Park Zoo

  • High Park Zoo is celebrating 120 years in 2013
  • Following our successful Honey Family Foundation Matching Initiative (raising $103,387), support Friends of High Park Zoo’s 120 YEARS OF HIGH PARK ZOO Initiative
  • Help us ensure High Park Zoo is around for another 120 years. Friends of High Park Zoo needs to raise $228,000 for zoo operations in 2013
  • Donate online through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to ensure that High Park Zoo is here for another 120 years

 

TORONTO, August 27, 2013 – Friends of High Park Zoo today announces the launch of our new initiative: 120 Years of High Park Zoo. Our successful Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative which concluded on June 15, 2013 raised $103,387 since January 12, 2013. With additional funds raised subsequently, the goal for our 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative is to raise $120,000 to, in aggregate, raise the $228,000 needed for the Zoo’s continued operations and enhancement to the Zoo.

Our 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative will not only celebrate the longevity and legacy of High Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America and one where admission is free, it will seek support from the thousands of visitors who enjoy the Zoo each year to ensure it is here for at least another 120 years. Funds to operate the Zoo were provided by the City of Toronto through two World Wars, the Great Depression and all through the economic ups and downs of the last half century. Only in 2012 did the City eliminate funding for the Zoo. Since then Friends of High Park Zoo has stepped in to raise the funds to keep the Zoo operating. However, we continue to need the support of the Zoo’s visitors and the residents of Toronto.

Friends of High Park Zoo’s 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative will focus on two factors. Firstly, we need the support of thousands of visitors and residents to help ensure we get the Zoo’s operating costs back into the City’s budget for 2014. Please sign our petition (physical or online) to ensure the City is aware of our request. Secondly, we need to raise $120,000 to ensure the Zoo is around for another 120 years. Please continue to support High Park Zoo by donating through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. In the coming weeks we will announce more activities, events and further support.

Thank you once again to the Honey Family Foundation for their $50,000 match for 2013. With the support of visitors from Toronto and beyond we reached, in fact surpassed, that goal,b says Councillor Sarah Doucette, who is an ex-officio board member of Friends of High Park Zoo. bNow we are looking to make sure the zoo is around for another 120 years by asking residents to sign the petition asking the City to restore the funding of the Zoo in the 2014 budget. With restored funding any extra funds that Friends of High Park Zoo has raised will then be used to enhance the Zoo.b

Friends of High Park Zoo note that supporting the Zoo for visitors has become easier this summer thanks to Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation’s Donation Station program. The two stations in High Park are located outside the Llama Pen and outside the Grenadier CafC). These specifically programmed parking machines, which accept cash or credit cards, will immediately issue supporters of High Park Zoo a printed voucher. This voucher can then be redeemed online for a charitable tax receipt for donations over $10.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/585/551/096/restore-funding-to-the-high-park-zoo/

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Launch of Donation Stations

Friends of High Park Zoo & Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation Launch Their Donation Station Program

July 11th, 2013, 10:30 am b 11:30 am

  • Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to Officially Launch Donation Station Program
  •  Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 and ex-officio board member of Friends of High Park Zoo) Will Be Joined By Andrew Sorbara, Vice-Chair, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation for The Announcement
  • Help us to Continue to Support High Park Zoo. Zoo Will Cost $228,000 to Operate in 2013
  • Donate Online (and now onsite) or by Mail Through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation

TORONTO, July 11, 2013 – Friends of High Park Zoo today announces our partner, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, will be officially unveiling their Donation Station program that includes two stations in High Park. These stations are to expressly support the continued operation of High Park Zoo, which is 120 years old in 2013, with 100% of the proceeds directed to High Park Zoo.

bFriends of High Park Zoo is thrilled to be one of the pilot projects for this initiative, says Councillor Doucette, who is an ex-officio board member of Friends of High Park Zoo. bThis initiative was developed by thinking outside of the box and with the great partnership of Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and PrecisePark Link. This efficacy of this program furthers Friends of High Park Zoo’s efforts by helping onsite donors more readily support High Park Zoo.b

Friends of High Park Zoo note that supporting the Zoo for visitors has become easier thanks to Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation’s Donation Station program. The two stations in High Park are located outside the Llama Pen and outside the Grenadier CafC). These specifically programmed parking machines, which accept cash or credit cards, will immediately issue supporters of High Park Zoo a printed voucher. This voucher can then be redeemed online for a charitable tax receipt for donations over $10.

Funds to operate the Zoo were provided by the City of Toronto for the past 120 years. Only in 2012 did the City eliminate funding for the Zoo. Since then Friends of High Park Zoo has stepped in to raise the funds to keep the Zoo operating. The Zoo will cost $228,000 to operate in 2013. We continue to need the support of the Zoo’s visitors and the residents of Toronto. Please continue to support High Park Zoo by donating through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.

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Honey’s 1st Birthday Party

You Are Invited to Honeybs 1st Birthday Party on Sunday April 21, 2013

  • Birthday celebrations for Honey, one of our llamas, will be held on Sunday April 21, 2013 from 11 am to 3 pm; cake served at 2 pm.
  • Friends of High Park Zoo needs your help to turn $50,000 into $100,000 by June 15, 2013 b as of April, 11, 2013 $17,000 has been raised in the 2013 matching campaign.
  • Donate online through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation b the Honey Family Foundation will match your donation.

Honey, one of our llamas, who is named in honour of the Honey Family Foundation, is turning one! You are invited to join Friends of High Park Zoo and our lovely llama, Honey, on Sunday April 21, 2013 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to celebrate her first birthday.

The party will be held at the High Park Zoo’s Llama Pen. There will be face painting and a raffle for the children, as well as birthday cards for children to create and sign for Honey. Visitors will also be able to pet and feed the llamas (and pet chicks and rabbits), as they can do every weekend and statutory holidays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm until the end of October.

Birthday cake and refreshments will be served at 2:00 pm.

bBirthdays are always an exciting event, especially a first birthday,b says Sarah Doucette, City Councillor for Ward 13 and ex officio board member of Friends of High Park Zoo. bHoney was the first baby girl llama born around the time that the Zoo’s funding was stopped. She was named in honour of the Honey family who stepped forward and offered their financial support through their foundation to help keep the High Park Zoo open.

Since Friends of High Park Zoo was formed, the volunteer not-for-profit group has been working not only to promote the High Park Zoo but also to help raise funding to support its ongoing operations. Launched on January 12, 2013 funds raised up to $50,000 will be matched by a $50,000 donation from the Honey Family Foundation. Friends of High Park Zoo accept tax deductible donations through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, directed towards High Park Zoo.

Last year we raised $65,000 against the $50,000 Honey Family Foundation matching program, adds Diane Buckell a Friend of High Park Zoo. bWe are off to a great start this year. Please help us achieve our goal of raising $50,000 for 2013 matching program.

Join us at Honey’s birthday party and please continue to support Friends of High Park Zoo and especially our 2013 Honey Family Foundation $50,000 matching campaign,b says Dan Abrahams, the chair of Friends of High Park Zoo’s board of directors. As of April 11, 2013 Friends of High Park Zoo still needs to raise $33,000 to maximize the Honey Family Foundation’s matching program. Collective donations totalling $50,000 will be matched, making a total donation of $100,000. $100,000 will cover roughly two-fifths of the annual operating costs of the High Park Zoo.

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