Naples, Florida. December 11, 2018. On Friday, November 9, 2018, Naples Zoo hosted its 2nd annual Zoo Gala to raise funds and awareness for the Zoo’s educational programs and to establish a major new education center on grounds. With the help of Co-Chairs, Terry & Bob Edwards and Jody & Gerry Lippes and a dynamic committee, the 2018 Zoo Gala raised more than $1.2 million, breaking the Zoo’s fundraising record for a single event by more than $700,000.
All net proceeds from the event were dedicated to the Zoo’s planned education center and were matched dollar for dollar by The Hamill Family Foundation. When completed, the Zoo’s new education center will feature three distinct classrooms, a dedicated building space for pre-school programming and education staff offices. With the help of The Hamill Family Foundation $2.5 million challenge match, more than $4.3 million has been raised to date toward the $5.2 million construction costs.
About Naples Zoo: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs locally and around the world for endangered species. Guests can enjoy a full day of exciting presentations and wild cruise through islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes. ($22.95 adults age 13+/ $14.95 children 3 to 12, under 3 free.) Zoo memberships and discount tickets are also available online. Naples Zoo is located at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road across from the Coastland Center mall in the heart of Naples. For more, visit www.napleszoo.org, follow at www.facebook.com/napleszoo or call (239) 262-5409.