It is a small and wonderful community zoo.
Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo gathered within the compound on Saturday night to celebrate another year with our fur-covered friends sharing the planet.
The passion and the purpose of the zoo staff, led by Director Kent Yamaguchi, is infectious. The Orange County crowd of nearly 400 patrons came to pledge assistance, ensuring the zoo's vitality and ability to properly care for and protect its residents. In particular, the funds raised will help to purchase a much-needed "bobcat" tractor.
By evening's end, a net amount approximating $80,000 was raised.
Sponsored by the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, known as FOSAZ, who are now in their 33rd year of being front and center for the zoo, this year's event was in the capable stewardship of chairs Ed Arnold and Sandy Segerstrom Daniels.
A large event committee assisted the effort, including participation from Anita Roach, Colby Cain, Dale Fink, Debbie Newmeyer and Debbie Schweickert. Major support came from development committee folks such as Diana Grummett, Donel Wiles, Peggy Baldwin-Butler, Roseanne Bye and Sandy Pignone.