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raise over $327,000 to support the Zoo since the launch of the initiative in 2012, when City funding for the Zoo was withdrawn.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.