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Zoo Announces Release Of 2012 Fighting Faces Calendar

Media Alert: Friday, May 27, 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2011

CONTACT:                                                
Patty Peters                                                         
Vice President Community Relations

Powell, OH – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Wendy’s International are proud to announce the release of the 2012 Fighting Faces Calendar. The calendar features stunning photography by PDB Photography showcasing children from central Ohio who have either battled cancer or are currently being treated. Along with the children are the Zoo’s very own furry faced friends. The Zoo has partnered with L Wycoff Enterprises, LLC for 2012 with the dual goal of making a difference in the lives of the children fighting cancer and increasing awareness of animals facing extinction. The proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Columbus Zoo Conservation Program.  
 
Families face emotional and financial hardship while a child is being treated. The children highlighted within the pages of this calendar provide motivation and inspiration to all fighting similar battles. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this calendar will also support families who are currently struggling financially with basic needs. This is a unique endeavor as most cancer-related charities are aimed at research.
 
In addition, the Zoo animals highlighted in this calendar remind us of the importance of conservation. This project will support the Columbus Zoo Conservation Program which has already distributed over $4.3 million in conservation grants.
 
As an added bonus, the calendar is filled with over $30.00 of coupons redeemable at various Zoo gift shop locations. The calendar measures 9 ½ by 12 with a retail price of $14.99. It is available at the Zoo gift shop as well as online at www.columbuszoo.org/fightingfaces. It also may be purchased at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital gift shop located at 700 Childrens Drive, Columbus, OH. 
 
What started out as a project with the hopes of making a difference in the lives of these children, it is our lives that have been forever changed.  Please join us in making a difference today. For more information, please visit www.fightingfaces.com.
 
 
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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days of the year. General admission is $14.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors 60+ years of age and $9.00 for children ages 2 to 9.  Children under 2 and Columbus Zoo members are free. The Zoo was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.)  For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit www.columbuszoo.org