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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:51 AM

Oakland Zoo gets mysterious holiday gift

Just in time for Christmas, the Oakland Zoo received an unexpected surprise: a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor.

Santa Claus, anyone? Who else provides mysterious gifts this time of year?

The San Francisco Foundation sent a check to the zoo under the condition of not revealing the giver.

Zoo leaders are more than grateful for the gift, but feel amiss at not being able to send a thank-you card.

“We always want to make the best effort to promptly and properly acknowledge all gifts, and we were eager to know who to thank for this extreme generosity," said Emma Lee Twitchell, the zoo’s director of development. "There is no more important time than the end of the year for nonprofit organizations to reach out to the community for support and encouragement in meeting the needs. This contribution will have a huge impact on our ability to plan for the New Year.”

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2012/12/oakland-zoo-opens-mysterious-holiday.html

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Reply Oakland Zoo gets mysterious holiday gift (Original post)
AsahinaKimi Dec 2012 OP
Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #1
ReRe Dec 2012 #2
cantbeserious Dec 2012 #3
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #4
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #6
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #9
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #10
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #13
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #16
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #18
SemperEadem Dec 2012 #5
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #7
xchrom Dec 2012 #8
11cents Dec 2012 #11
monmouth3 Dec 2012 #12
AsahinaKimi Dec 2012 #14
monmouth3 Dec 2012 #15
AsahinaKimi Dec 2012 #17
monmouth3 Dec 2012 #19
bayareaboy Dec 2012 #20
Skittles Dec 2012 #21
ailsagirl Dec 2012 #22
AsahinaKimi Dec 2012 #23

Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:35 AM

1. Bravo! The animals should not suffer from our foolishness! Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:38 AM

2. God Bless the animals!

...and the kind generous donor, and all of the loving zookeepers & leaders of the Oakland Zoo!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:39 AM

3. Hats Off To The Anonymous Donor

eom

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:03 AM

4. They could rent a sky writer and have it fly over Oakland

saying "Thank You from your zoo." They might even get more donations! I thought it was going to be a new animal. But as we all well know money is always nice as a gift and cash is king. What a nice tax write off for the donor that would be if the zoo is a qualifying organization. Merry Christmas AsahinaKimi! Peace. LMSP

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:47 AM

6. that would be impressive, but

wouldn't it eat up a lot of that money that could be used to actively provide for the animals?

I don't know how much a skywriter costs.....maybe it would actually be an investment.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:58 AM

9. Saying thank you is an investment.

And a way to pay forward, IMHO.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:07 PM

10. Rental rates:

Approximately $800 for up to 30 letters locally. Out-of-town rates are normally $1,000 for up to 30 letters plus expenses.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:43 PM

13. ah, I see.

$800. Is not too bad.

I totally agree that courtesy is an investment that this world sorely needs........
In a situation like this, where every penny is necessary, I just wouldn't want to fritter away needed $$$ on gimmicks.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:51 PM

16. Skywriters need love too.

I don't see them as in high demand and they may have mouths to feed just like the zoo... who knows?

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:32 PM

18. Haaaahah! Very good point!

Touche!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:29 AM

5. How lovely!

what a wonderful bit of news today!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:50 AM

7. What a beautiful thing

anonymous donor

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:53 AM

8. Sweet! Nt

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:34 PM

11. George Zimmer (Men's Wearhouse) has given the zoo support in the past.

He lives in Oakland, or the environs, and is quite unconventional for a CEO. I guarantee it.

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Response to 11cents (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:39 PM

12. I like the way he looks....really..n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:13 PM

14. I am betting its this guy!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:12 PM

15. Haha, no, that's not him. Zimmer is a great Dem, has Men's Warehouse and ends his

commercials with "You'll like the way you look, I guarantee it!"...

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:54 PM

17. oh yeah I know that...

But I had to toss in another Bay Area local celeb!!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:47 PM

19. Gotcha!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:16 PM

20. Growing up in South Oakland ...


I used to feel that Gertrude Stein was right on about there being no there, there!

Perhaps the one million dollar man or woman feels different. It really is a pretty zoo. And thanks for the help, whoever you are!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:46 PM

21. the anonymous donors are my favorite

GIANT hearts

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:24 PM

22. FANTASTIC!

Thanks for posting. You made my day!

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:03 AM

23. You are welcome!

Some animals will no doubt get some treats soon!

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