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Community fundraiser Katie Magner is supporting Denver Zoo by serving as Chair for the 2013 Do At The Zoo gala set for June 20, 2013. This year guests of the zoo's largest fundraiser and Denver's favorite summer party will support the zoo's groundbreaking sustainability programs.
An experienced volunteer fundraiser, Magner actively raises funds in the Denver community for numerous worthy causes and events, including Do at the Zoo. Magner has served previously on two different committees. In 2010, Magner worked on the event's Ticketing Committee, and in 2012, she served on the Corporate Committee. Magner also brings philanthropic experience to the post, having served as a committee chairperson for Invest in Kids and The Children's Museum and as an active partner with Social Venture Partners for three years. Magner joined Denver Zoo's board in December of 2012.
Sean Nohavec, the Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at UMB Bank of Colorado, returns for a second year as Do at the Zoo Corporate Fundraising Committee Chair. Last year, he led the committee in raising $458,000, surpassing the fundraising goal by nearly $30,000.
Do At The Zoo kicks off on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. for early entrance VIP Party and at 7 p.m. for regular ticket holders. Denver Zoo will close at noon on June 20 to set up for the gala. Tickets for the event go on sale March 14. This event sold out in 2012.
Join Denver's wild party animals for the zoo's best gala ever, featuring more than 60 of Denver's top restaurants serving their best menu items. Guests also will experience music, dancing and close-up animal encounters in the incomparable setting of Denver Zoo at twilight.
In its 24-year history, more than 40,000 Do At The Zoo guests have raised more than $9 million to improve Denver Zoo and support its animal conservation efforts. Proceeds from this year's event will support the zoo's sustainability projects designed to make the zoo a zero-waste facility by 2025.
In 2011, Denver Zoo was awarded The Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) inaugural Green Award, ranking the zoo as the greenest zoo in the country for its outstanding sustainability practices. These include the use of its Sustainable Management System (SMS), which provides an institutional-wide framework to identify, implement, measure, report and continually improve operations to reduce the zoo's environmental impact. Also noteworthy is the development of an innovative waste-to-energy system in the zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, which will convert 90% of the zoo's total waste stream into clean energy and reduce its landfill contributions by 1.5 million pounds annually.