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Catering at the Zoo

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Imagine being given the opportunity to double your money!  

Friends of the Zoo is pleased to announce that the Fred L. Emerson Foundation of Auburn, NY, is offering a $1 for $1 challenge match (up to $75,000) for individual gifts to Conserving What We Love:  The Campaign for Elephants and Primates at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

We need your help to meet this very exciting challenge. 

Here's how the challenge match works:

All donations or pledges from individuals are eligible to be matched $1 for $1:
     $25 becomes $50
     $100 becomes $200
     $2,500 becomes $5,000

You can make a donation:

     Online by clicking here:          

Donate Now

     By check (payable to Friends of the Zoo)
        Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
        Attn: Conserving What We Love campaign
        1 Conservation Place
        Syracuse, NY 13204

     Over the phone by calling our development office at (315) 435-8511 x132

     Via transfer of securities, call our development office for instructions

You can pledge and pay over time:
     Wish you could do even more to support the zoo?  Gifts of $1,500 or more
     may be paid in installments over a period of three years.  
     $500 x 3 years = $1,500 plus match = $3,000
     $750 x 3 years = $2,250 plus match = $4,500
     $1,000 x 3 years = $3,000 plus match = $6,000

You can support the zoo through a community service project:
Friends of the Zoo encourages children, schools, scout troops, religious groups and other organizations to host a fundraiser in support of the zoo. Click here to download the fundraising activity registration form. Suggested activities include:

Bake Sale Dinner Dance Penny Drive
Bottle & Can Drive Dress Down Day Spaghetti Dinner
Candy Sale Lemonade Stand White Elephant Sale
Car Wash Pancake Breakfast Yard Sale

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo authorizes you to raise funds on its behalf only to the extent of the aforementioned fundraisers. Any and all other events and solicitation is subject to the approval of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Please contact Debbie Messina at or (315) 435-8511 x132 to register your fundraising activity.

Respond before December 15, 2011 to be eligible for the match

Your donations toward the Conserving What We Love campaign will be used as follows:
To complete several important educational components and exhibit enhancements to Asian Elephant Preserve and Primate Park as well as renovations to Elephant Encounter, our original elephant exhibit. These finishing touches will provide the animals with the best possible environment and will help visitors learn about these amazing creatures.

To learn more about the campaign, click here



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