Binder Park Zoo Competes in Round 2 of Facebook Challenge

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Binder Park Zoo Competes in Round 2 of Facebook Challenge

May 23, 2011

Binder Park Zoo is competing with charities nationwide for donations ranging from $20,000 to $500,000 through the Chase Community Giving program through Facebook. The great part about this challenge is that Facebook fans like you decide which charities are deserving of the prize money. On May 4, 2011 the Top 100 Charities were decided through these votes. Through an overwhelming show of support from Binder Park Zoo’s members, employees, volunteers and loyal guests, Binder Park Zoo was named as one of the Top 100 charities and became the recipient of a $25,000 grant.

As a result, Binder Park Zoo has been automatically entered in Round 2 where the Top 100 Charities are fighting for your votes and the grand prize of $500,000. Voting is officially open and will close on May 25, 2011 at 11:59pm. The concept behind Round 2 is very simple. Each of the 100 charities submitted a 30 second video, 5 photos and a 150 word description of their “Big Idea.” The “Big Idea” explains how each organization would utilize the $500,000 prize. This information is available on each charity’s Chase Community Giving web page via Facebook.

Binder Park Zoo is the only Zoo competing and the only organization Southwest/South central Michigan to make the Top 100 and could really use your support!

Binder Park Zoo’s “Big Idea” is a concept that zoo staff have been discussing for years: the Safari Tented Camp in Wild Africa! The new Tented Camp in Wild Africa would expand the overnight programs to engage more children to help conserve nature and animals and generate additional revenue to support the Zoo’s mission to nurture empathy, understanding and conservation of nature. The Tented Camp would be located along the forested edge of the Savanna exhibit in Wild Africa. It would be comprised of 10 tents, a dining/education hall, campfire pit, and shower facilities sitting atop a large deck made of recycled material. Combined with the authentic design and ambiance of Wild Africa, the Tented Camp would give overnighters the feel that they are truly on safari in Africa. Waking to the sights and sounds of a savanna full of exotic animals would be an unforgettable experience.

“Finally being able to implement our Tented Camp Program would bring family and scout overnights to a whole other level,” stated Stacey Lawson, the Zoo’s Chief Operating Officer. “Adults and Children alike will have the opportunity to experience the African Savanna right here in Southwest Michigan. We’re really excited about our “Big Idea” and we hope everyone will stay involved during Round 2 and help spread the word to vote for Binder Park Zoo.”

For more information about Chase Community Giving and the contest please visit or call 269-979-1351 ext. 153. To learn more about Binder Park Zoo and their “Big Idea” please visit or call 269-979-1351.

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