Watershed Heroes Project Is On A Roll!
October 10, 2013 – Construction of the new Watershed Heroes project is well underway at Sequoia Park Zoo and the fundraising campaign is keeping pace. Significant contributions received in the past month include a total of $32,000 from Pacific Gas & Electric and U.S. Bank in support of the Bald eagle aviary and $50,000 from the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria.
“We concentrate on those initiatives that will have the greatest impact for the good of all,” said John McGinnis, a tribal council member active in donations and sponsorships. “Through this, the community comes to know how much we care about its health and prosperity.”
The Watershed Heroes project will bring an up close and personal experience with some of the most the charismatic wildlife of our local watershed—River otters, salmon, and Bald eagles— and carry a strong conservation message through engaging experiences for all ages.
“The Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation is thrilled to receive this generous gift from the Bear River Rancheria on top of the recent contributions from PG&E and U. S. Bank,” says Chuck Dominick, Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation President. “It’s particularly gratifying to have such significant support from one of our local tribes for the Zoo’s most ambitious project yet.”
Zoo Foundation board members and other individuals in the community have also pledged over $150,000 this year; those who attended and otherwise supported the Foundation’s popular Zootini and Brew at the Zoo fundraising events contributed an additional $50,000.
The entire exhibit will be a living example of a healthy watershed, where visitors can learn how everything is interconnected – and how they can help protect our fragile environment. Grand opening celebrations are scheduled for summer 2014.
“While this is all great news, our work has just begun,” said Nicole Spencer, Director of Development and Communications. “We need to secure many more leadership gifts to complete the entire Watershed Heroes project by next summer. We are actively seeking support throughout the community from individuals, tribes, businesses, and foundations.”
For more information on the Watershed Heroes project and to learn how you can get involved, visit the project page here.
Contact: Nicole Spencer