Como Friends’ Fund-a-Need Helps Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Thrive

Fund-a-Need Fuels Como

Over the last five years, the sold-out crowds at Travelers Sunset Affair have bid on more than 2,000 auction items, 15 unforgettable global adventures, and hundreds of “Only at Como” treasures, like this one-of-a-kind “nose painting” created by Frances, Como Zoo’s adorable new baby giraffe.

But one of the very best ways our community of supporters gives back to Como is through our annual Fund-A-Need, a direct cash contribution that goes right to work supporting the initiatives that help Como Park Zoo and Conservatory thrive.

Did You Know?

  • Sunset Affair celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2016.

  • Travelers has been the title sponsor of Como Friends’ summer gala for 10 years.

  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory closes early on July 21 to allow our volunteer team to transform the grounds of Como to welcome more than 500 guests. Last year, Travelers Sunset Affair raised more than $200,000 to benefit Como.

“Every year, private contributions to Como Friends provide more than 20 percent of Como’s annual operating budget, and our Travelers Sunset Affair Fund-A-Need has become a very popular way of participating in supporting Como,” says Como Friends president Jackie Sticha. “Within just a few minutes of the Travelers Sunset Affair program, our generous donors contribute enough to keep Como committed to all of the things they care about for a full year.”

Contributions of any amount to Como Friends can make a difference, whether it’s $30 to cover the cost of a flat of strawberries (a favorite treat for Arlene, Como Zoo’s baby gorilla), or $250 to provide an unforgettable field trip to Como for a second grade classroom in St. Paul, one of the new education initiatives Como Friends is funding in 2016. Since its start in 2000, Como Friends’ fundraising efforts have also made it possible for Minnesota’s most visited cultural destination to continue its commitment to free admission—a community benefit that 8 in 10 visitors tell us they depend on.

Sparky the Sea Lion, now celebrating her 60th season at Como, is also a focus of Como Friends’ fundraising efforts in 2016, as the nonprofit continues to advocate for a new year-round habitat for Como Zoo’s pinnipeds, providing for the new design plans that will create a new standard of care in the historic Aquatics building. 

“Travelers Sunset Affair is one of the ways we share what’s happening at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, and invite supporters to be part of the great programs and improvements Como Friends is funding now and in the future,” says Sticha. To take part in the Travelers Sunset Affair Fund-a-Need program, visit this page to make a contribution in any amount to support Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

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