Monday, August 31, 2009

Zoo Atlanta Hosts Larger-than-life Announcement

We’re all panda fans – now on a grander scale. On August 20 in Atlantic Station’s Central Park, Zoo Atlanta hosted an unveiling of five eye-catching nods of support for the campaign to keep giant pandas in Atlanta. The 10-foot panels, each bearing the words “I’m a panda fan,” depict giant photos of Atlanta Falcons Owner and CEO Arthur Blank; Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Ambassador Andrew Young; V-103 Celebrity DJ Frank Ski; and Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Dennis Kelly, all wearing black-and-white bear masks. The panels are a creative demonstration of the building momentum of the Give So They Stay campaign launched on June 17.

Prior to the unveiling, Doug Childers and Molly Dana, organizers of the recent Pints for Pandas fundraiser, presented Zoo Atlanta with a donation of $6,500 generated by the sellout event, hosted by SweetWater Brewery on August 14. Rich Chey, owner of HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts, Inc., presented a donation of $1,500 collected by the Dine Out for Pandas series hosted by local venues in July. As of August 20, the Zoo had raised a total of $80,900 toward the initiative.

“Zoo Atlanta is honored by the show of support from Arthur Blank, Mayor Franklin, Ambassador Young and Frank Ski, and we’re very excited by the success of grassroots efforts like Pints for Pandas and Dine Out for Pandas,” said Marcus E. Margerum, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Zoo Atlanta. “The community clearly has the power to make a difference to the future of the Zoo’s giant panda program.”

Located in Atlantic Station’s East District adjacent to Z Gallerie, the celebrity panels will be displayed for the remainder of the Give So They Stay campaign, which continues through December 31, 2009.

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