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Jacksonville’s Arts and Culture Organization Offers Free Admission for Furloughed Federal Employee
October 09, 2013 - Jacksonville, Fl -
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Cummer, MOSH and MOCA will be providing free admission Thursday, October 10 to federal employees, and their families, out of work due to the government shutdown.
“We can imagine how stressful it must be not to know when you will be called back to work or how long you might need to wait to see your next paycheck,” said Tony Vecchio, executive director of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. “But we, the culture and arts community, want our furloughed federal employee neighbors to know we support them. We hope this one day of free activities will create an enjoyable, educational distraction for them.”
The Jacksonville Zoo will offer free general admission for up to two adults and two children with presentation of federal employee ID. To view the details of this free admission day at other participating cultural organizations, please refer to the respective organizations’ website and social media pages.
“Jacksonville’s arts and culture community is honored to reach out to our neighbors who are effected by the Federal furlough of employees,” said Maria Hane, executive director of MOSH. “Museums, libraries, zoos, theaters and performances are avenues for respite during stressful times and we hope this will offer some relief – and appreciation – for those who are impacted in our own community.”
About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For nearly a century, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicated to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection that consisted of one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants. It has won national acclaim for its South American Range of the Jaguar exhibit and has the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo is a non-profit organization and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is open year-round, seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas day and is located on Jacksonville’s north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95. For more information on the Zoo, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.