David Traylor Zoo Director Lisa Keith called Friday night's Friends of the Zoo Roundup Auction "amazing" several times during an interview with KVOE News this weekend. You would, too, if you set a fundraising record for your event.
The auction generated over $65,000 for the Friends of the Zoo and zoo-related projects, topping the prior record of $63,000 set last year.
Keith credited EFOZ membership, the city of Emporia, zoo patrons and event sponsors for the night and the ability to keep the zoo operating at a high level.
A sponsorship of Flint the mountain lion generated $3,750. An opportunity to sponsor a zookeeper at an upcoming conference sold for $2,200. A metal print donated by Justin, Kelsey and Brodie Keith brought in $1,750.
In addition, Rick and Staci Hamman won the right to flip the ceremonial switch during the zoo's annual Happy Holidaze lighting ceremony in November. Scott and Megan Tacjhmann won the right to fire the first shot at Emporia's annual Fourth of July fireworks show.
10 pm Friday: David Traylor Zoo takes center stage at annual EFOZ Roundup
Support for the David Traylor Zoo was on full display at the 2018 Emporia Friends of the Zoo Auction.
The auction featured nearly 140 different auction items ranging from gift baskets and hand crafted items, some made by people, others crafted by animals from the zoo. Zoo director Lisa Keith says explains why the night is so vital to their mission.
The money supports many of the zoo's educational efforts throughout the year. Just last year more than 24,000 people came to the zoo specifically for educational programs hosted by the zoo. Keith discusses some of the items on the radar in the near future.
Keith says among the exciting announcements to come is the hiring of a new Zoo Education Coordinator starting later this month.
The event was catered by Lonesome Dove Saloon. The night also featured live music from musician Jane McCoy.