Campaign at the zoo adds a new stripe to fundraising

Quest for a zebra at Pine Grove Zoo continues

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor 

The Pine Grove Zoo has added another stripe of fundraising to Gage VanRisseghem’s “Sponsor a Stripe” venture to raise money to purchase a zebra for the zoo.

Last year, the 11-year-old son of Brent and Angie VanRisseghem of Swanville, spearheaded the campaign, with a little help from family and friends.

The committee had bright yellow T-shirts designed and have held garage sales and other fundraisers for the project.

The Pine Grove Zoo Board wanted to help, too.

Tom Chatfield, a member of the Pine Grove Zoo Board, designed this 3-foot by 4-foot zebra of wood. The stripes are etched into the wood and the public is invited to donate $100 to fill in one of the stripes. The zebra will be stationed at area businesses, until the “Zoo Gone Wild” fundraising event at the Falls Ballroom, March 22.

Tom Chatfield, a member of the Pine Grove Zoo Board, designed this 3-foot by 4-foot zebra of wood. The stripes are etched into the wood and the public is invited to donate $100 to fill in one of the stripes. The zebra will be stationed at area businesses, until the “Zoo Gone Wild” fundraising event at the Falls Ballroom, March 22.

Member Tom Chatfield designed a 3-foot by 4-foot wooden zebra, painted white, with stripes etched on its side. As a fundraiser, the public can donate $100 to the cause and paint in their own stripe.

To add to the fun, the wooden zebra will move around to different businesses in Little Falls. Monday, it began its journey at Johnny C’s in Little Falls.

Marnita Van Hoecke, director of the Pine Grove Zoo, said the zebra will move to a different business each Monday over the next two and one-half months, until the “Zoo Gone Wild” event held at the Falls Ballroom Friday, March 22.

The businesses in Little Falls the zebra has plans to visit include: Johnny C’s (it may make it back to that location), Reality Roasters, Hilmerson’s, Westside Liquor, Melgrams Jewelers, GoldSmith Jewelers, Pine Country Bank, Cabin Fever, Coborn’s, Zylka’s Red Bull Bar and Community Animal Hospital.

Van Hoecke said there is no schedule set for which business will host the zebra at which time, just that the zebra will move every Monday morning.

For more information about where the zebra will be, or how to donate, Van Hoecke invites people to call the zoo at (320) 616-5595.

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