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Bu, a beloved Houston Zoo rhino, arrived in 1971 with the help of Zoo Friends.
In 1969, several civically-minded women in Houston recognized a critical need to raise private funds to help support a period of new construction and expansion at the Houston Zoo. In response, these dedicated women founded Zoo Friends of Houston, Inc., a group of Active, Associate, and Contributing members committed to providing broad support for the Zoo. With around 40 members, incoming Prospective members make a three-year commitment to work throughout the year to support the annual Zoo Ball fundraising event.
When the Zoo was privatized by the City of Houston in 2002, Zoo Friends recognized that the Zoo faced new challenges and that fundraising efforts would remain vital to its success. From 2002-2013, Zoo Friends has coordinated seven Zoo Balls and five Zoo Friends Family Parties to further that effort. The Zoo Ball is a fun-filled affair that is among the top fundraising events for the Houston Zoo. Corporations, foundations, and individual donors join Houston’s finest to put on a uniquely-themed gala with quality entertainment, cuisine, and animal encounters.
Zoo Ball 2014 Chairs: Mignon Gill and Kelly Sklar
Over the years, Zoo Friends of Houston has devoted many hours to raising funds in support of the Houston Zoo. Held on May 9, Zoo Ball 2014 – “Welcome to the Jungle!” was a resounding success. Co-chairs Kelly Sklar and Mignon Gill honored Chevron, whose commitment to the Houston Zoo has had a tremendous impact on the Zoo’s ability to deliver on its mission. This year’s Zoo Ball had an 80’s theme, a superb silent auction, and fantastic fare. Everyone at the Houston Zoo is grateful for the work of the co-chairs, Zoo Friends President Lynnae Partridge, and all of the Zoo Friends members who made this event possible.
Tess and Tucker, two elephants who benefit from the generous support of Zoo Friends.
The projects and activities supported by Zoo Friends’ contributions over the years are too numerous to list in their entirety! Here are just a few highlights:
Private Preview Party of TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
Friday, November 15, 2013
Hosted by Elizabeth Allen, Mignon Gill, and Kelly Sklar
For more information about Zoo Friends, please contact:
Zoo Friends of Houston, Inc.
1513 Cambridge Houston, TX 77030