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Donations still coming in for ‘Lew Loves the Zoo’
True Value’s major gift lifts fundraiser total over $57,600

From left, Pam McLaren, Heritage Park Zoo executive director; Lew Rees, Western News and Info Events and Marketing Director; and Susanne Andre-Springer, a member of the Andre family and manager at True Value Hardware, talk about True Value’s donation to the zoo on March 8, 2019. (George Johnston/Courier)

From left, Pam McLaren, Heritage Park Zoo executive director; Lew Rees, Western News and Info Events and Marketing Director; and Susanne Andre-Springer, a member of the Andre family and manager at True Value Hardware, talk about True Value’s donation to the zoo on March 8, 2019. (George Johnston/Courier)

“Lew Loves the Zoo” keeps paying off for Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.

The fundraiser, held last week in conjunction with Courier Cares, had raised $45,648.87 through Saturday, with an additional $12,000 pledged for total of $57,648.87, said Ron Brashear, marketing and events coordinator for the zoo.

On Friday, the overall total got a big boost with a $10,000 check donation from True Value Hardware.

This is not the first time True Value and the Andre Family have stepped up to help the community.

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Lew Rees, events and marketing director for Western News and Information, feeds a javelina on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

“We do the Boys and Girls Club. We do Big Brothers Big Sisters. We do all the major ones in the area,” said Susanne Andre-Springer, manager at True Value Hardware. “Wherever we can help we try to do.”

The fundraiser saw Western News and Info Events and Marketing Director Lew Rees perform various tasks at the zoo all week, everything from grounds maintenance to zookeeper for a day.

Rees said that when he received the call from Brashear about True Value’s donation, he let out a scream of joy.

“People keep asking me if we can still donate, and I say ‘yes,’” Rees said.

WANT TO DONATE?

Donations to benefit the zoo can be made in person or online at heritageparkzoo.org.

The zoo is located at 1403 Heritage Park Road in Prescott. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all week from November through April and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week May through October. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military personnel and students, $6 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger and Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary members.

George Johnston is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @GeorgeSJohnston. Reach him by email at gjohnston@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2038.

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