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Nashville Zoo announces “Grow Wild” Cabinet

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo’s Grow Wild capital campaign is pleased to announce the members of its fundraising cabinet.

The 15-person committee, led by campaign chair Jennifer Frist, will be responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting top prospects for the Zoo’s $160M expansion.

“We are thrilled to introduce this group of dedicated community leaders who are committed to building a world class zoo for our city,” said Suzanne Iler, chief development officer. “Their involvement and strong connections in the community are crucial to the success of Grow Wild.”

(Standing left to right) McArthur VanOsdale, David Manning, Jeff Jacobs, Carl Haley, Lee Beaman, Kelley Beaman, Rick Schwartz, Julie Walker, Cathy East, Suzanne Iler, Missy Eason. (Sitting left to right) Robin Patton, Luci Crow, Jennifer Frist, Katherine Lay Miller, Cynthia Arnholt. (Caitlin Harris)

(Standing left to right) McArthur VanOsdale, David Manning, Jeff Jacobs, Carl Haley, Lee Beaman, Kelley Beaman, Rick Schwartz, Julie Walker, Cathy East, Suzanne Iler, Missy Eason. (Sitting left to right) Robin Patton, Luci Crow, Jennifer Frist, Katherine Lay Miller, Cynthia Arnholt. (Caitlin Harris)

Since kicking off the three-phase campaign last July, the Zoo has received commitments for $42.5M of the comprehensive $160M campaign.

The cabinet will work to secure support within the community from both individuals and corporations. Their remaining goal for phase one is $22.6M.

Cabinet members include:

  • Jennifer Frist – campaign chair
  • Robin Patton – Zoo board chair
  • Missy Eason – board gifts committee co-chair
  • Jeff Jacobs – board gifts committee co-chair
  • Carl Haley – corporate gifts committee co-chair
  • McArthur VanOsdale – corporate gifts committee co-chair
  • David Manning – corporate gifts committee member
  • Cynthia Arnholt – individual gifts committee chair
  • Kelley and Lee Beaman – individual gifts committee members
  • Luci Crow – individual gifts committee member
  • Cathy East – individual gifts committee member
  • Katherine Lay Miller – individual gifts committee member
  • Julie Walker – individual gifts committee member

The Grow Wild campaign is a multi-year effort to bring signature animal species to Nashville and increase the Zoo’s capacity to accommodate over one million annual visitors.

Phase I of the campaign includes the development of Andean bear, spider monkey and giant otter exhibits, the renovation of the current tiger and elephant exhibits, a new veterinary hospital, an education annex, and the acquisition of rhinos.

Phase II will focus on the development of an African savannah, and Phase III will highlight African forest animals and include a state-of-the-art gorilla habitat.

About Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. Attracting more than 830,000 visitors annually, the Zoo is considered one of the top ­­­things to do in Nashville. The Zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

For more information about Nashville Zoo, call 615.833.1534 or visit nashvillezoo.org


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