Kroger donates $70K for Zoo’s 50th birthday

Kroger spokesperson John Elliott stands on the far left next to Zoo director Jim Anderson, Kroger district manager Chris Gomez and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry during a presentation of a $50,000 check from Kroger's Zoo Day to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo received a pretty awesome birthday present: $71,727 from Kroger.

The money comes from Kroger’s annual fundraiser, Zoo Day. This year, 15 Kroger and Scott’s banner stores in the region participated. Customers had the chance to donate in $1 increments from May 3 to May 16 to the zoo, which raised $21,727. In addition to that, stores donated three percent of its sales on May 13, and in honor of the zoo’s 50th birthday, Kroger donated $50,000.

“Not only does this event demonstrate wonderful corporate support from Kroger and Scott’s; it also gives the community an easy way to show their support for our zoo,” Zoo director Jim Anderson said in a statement.

Since the event began in 1993, Zoo Day has raised $1, 687,448 for the zoo.

“Kroger is very proud to carry on this long-term partnership for a 23rd year. We want to thank our customers and associates in northeast Indiana for their continued support of the zoo. Their efforts are preserving and enhancing one of Fort Wayne’s local treasures,” Kroger district manager and zoo board member Chris Gomez said in a statement.

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