The Auxiliary Board was founded in 1984 to provide supportive funds and services to The Lincoln Park Zoological Society and to aid the Society in its efforts to improve Lincoln Park Zoo. The Auxiliary Board has approximately 100 members between the ages of 25 and 40 who are primarily young professionals from city neighborhoods near the zoo and Chicago’s suburbs.
Events and Fundraising Purpose
Lincoln Park Zoo is one of only three remaining free zoos in the U.S. and the last free major cultural institution in Chicago, opening its gates annually to more than 3.5 million visitors. All funds raised by the Auxiliary Board support the zoo’s operating costs, which helps Lincoln Park Zoo feed its animals, maintain its animal exhibits and remain free 365 days a year.
The Auxiliary Board has evolved into one of Chicago’s most popular fundraising groups. Heralded as the “Tiffany of Auxiliary Boards” and known for “drawing an eclectic crowd” by Today’s Chicago Woman June 2010, the Board hosts fundraising events and one large community service event per year. The Auxiliary Board also provides the perfect conduit for any company to reach young professionals in the coveted 25-45 year-old demographic through the support of key events. If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to any Auxiliary Board event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
Current and past Auxiliary Board members celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Auxiliary Board on November 20, 2014.
Held at Café Brauer, it was a wonderful evening of reminiscing and merriment as the Board reflected on its many accomplishments, good times shared and the significant impact it has made on Lincoln Park Zoo over the years. To date, its members have raised more than $6 million for Lincoln Park Zoo, supporting everything from the Farm-in-the-Zoo and Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House to zoo scientists and their projects around the globe. Their efforts have also played a valuable role in keeping the zoo free and open to all.
This upscale cocktail party is the Auxiliary Board’s primary fundraising event. This one-of-a-kind gala is held in the heart of the zoo and celebrates the natural beauty and urban spirit of Lincoln Park Zoo. Zoo-ologie attracts nearly 1,000 young professionals and occurs in early summer. Guests receive exclusive access to the spectacular zoo grounds, while enjoying cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvre, a raffle and a silent auction, and dancing under the stars.
It’s no secret that Zoo-ologie guests enjoy an active lifestyle, including fine dining, entertainment and shopping, but they also represent a strong potential for introducing new customers to any company. Attendees tend to be young, affluent professionals who enjoy upscale luxuries and live in the Chicago area, including such neighborhoods as Lincoln Park, Lakeview and the Gold Coast. Over the course of the evening, Zoo-ologie guests help raise more than $100,000 to support Lincoln Park Zoo.
If you are interested in sponsoring Zoo-ologie or donating an item to our raffle or silent auction, please contact us at email@example.com.
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Spooky Zoo Spectacular
Spooky Zoo Spectacular is the Auxiliary Board’s largest community-service event and provides 25,000+ children and their parents with a free, safe alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. Guests are also invited to learn fun facts about the animals in the Spooky Zoo Education Zone, stimulate their minds while making crafts, collect treats and enjoy entertainment throughout zoo grounds while dressed in their best or spookiest costume.
Spooky Zoo Spectacular directly introduces an urban, engaged, and family-oriented audience to its sponsors and contributors. Guests of Spooky Zoo tend to be families with young children, enjoy family outings together and live all over the city of Chicago. If you are interested in sponsoring Spooky Zoo Spectacular or donating candy or other products to support the event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in volunteering for Spooky Zoo Spectacular? Or do you have a group interested in volunteering? It takes nearly 400 volunteers to run Spooky Zoo on the day of the event. Please contact us at email@example.com with your information and/or your group’s information to find out how you can support the zoo!
Prospective members should be interested in the mission and objectives of the Auxiliary Board and have time to fulfill the responsibilities of membership. Membership requirements include involvement in the Board’s events and attendance at quarterly Board meetings and various committee meetings as needed for event planning and Board operations. Financial responsibilities include paying annual membership dues, supporting fundraising efforts and contributing to Lincoln Park Zoo's Annual Fund. Membership is reserved for individuals aged 25–40 at the time of application.
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