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Mystery donor spreads holiday cheer at Dallas Zoo
Dec 18, 2015

Zoo receives anonymous $10,000 gift; employees recognized as well

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Dallas Zoo received an early Christmas gift this week.  Dressed in suits and Santa hats, two men representing the local donor delivered a generous donation Wednesday: a $10,000 cashier’s check, along with a special gift for each of the zoo’s employees.

The donor’s intriguing message to zoo executives read:

A Present for Your Presence in Our Community

You may not know me, but I know you – and I’m aware of the good work you do.

Please accept this check, no strings attached, to move the needle on your stated task.

These special funds are yours to spend…for you from me, your mystery friend.

Spread the joy and let me know how it is you use this dough.

A separate message to zoo employees read:

You don’t know me, but I know you. I see the good work you do.

You make our community brighter, oh boy! Please accept this gift and #DFWSpreadJoy!

“We spread joy to the guests who walk through our gates every day, and to have it returned in such a generous and humbling way is quite meaningful,” said Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo president and CEO.  “So to our mystery donor out there, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I especially appreciate your acknowledging our staff as the truly dedicated stars they are.”

The Dallas Zoo, which loves spreading joy throughout our community too, plans to push out special “thank you” messages to our benefactor on social media through the weekend, using the hashtag #DFWSpreadJoy.

The Zoo also continues to spread joy this holiday season with its Penguin Days $5 admission discount through Feb. 29. For the first time, the zoo began its admission drop a month earlier in December to allow more families time to visit Texas’s oldest and largest zoo.


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