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Como Friends Annual Report

A community of support, two million strong

Photos compliments of Peter Leach, Tina Dombrowski, Matt Wehner, Laura Billings Coleman, Jennifer Gleason Judy Petree, Xavier Ortiz, and the staff of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

2,000,000 A community of support, two million strong Dear Como Friends Supporters:

It has been ten years since Como volunteers and boosters, community donors and docents combined forces to create the nonprofit that is now Como Friends. Although we’re still relatively “new” to the nonprofit world in the Twin Cities, what we’ve accomplished in the last decade with your support has been nothing short of amazing—reinvesting more than $23 million in programs and projects at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory that have helped to make this free-admission treasure Minnesota’s most visited cultural institution. As we look back on 2009, it is clear to us that Como occupies a special place in the heart of this community. Always a refuge in tough economic times, this most recent economic downturn saw a nearly 7 percent surge in attendance at Como. Some came for the solace of the Sunken Garden, and the hope it gives Minnesotans during the bleakest days of winter. Some brought their kids for their first face-to-face encounter with an orangutan, an early connection with the natural world that no one ever forgets. Some came for free education programming about conservation and the natural sciences, or signed up for one of our award-winning summer camps. No matter what brought this diverse community of more than two million visitors to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in 2009, every experience they had was enhanced and improved thanks to the contributions of the community of supporters you’ll find in these pages. In this annual report, you’ll see how contributions made through Como Friends improved the health and wellbeing of the animals in the care of Como Zoo, created lush and living gardens throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, and engaged nearly one in four Como visitors with value-added education programs that inspire stewardship of these unique resources. You will also meet some of the people in Como’s community—nearly two million strong—whose contributions of their time and talents at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory strengthen our mission every day of the year. Thank you for everything you do for Como.

Jackie Sticha President

Scott Dongoske Board chair

20 Contributions to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory 09 Total Contribution = $3,728,676

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Annual Program Support Contribution to McNeely Endowment Contribution from McNeely Endowment Historic Entrance Sunken Garden Flower Show Brochure Donald McNeely Memorials

$ $ $ $ $ $ $

488,714 65,750 227,954 169,786 15,000 8,224 2,000

Como Zoo Annual Program Support Primate Building Frog Crossing Grant Zoo Landscaping Staff Development

$ $ $ $ $ $

184,204 91,050 61,776 14,000 15,000 2,378

Education Annual Program Support Cheney Scholarship Fund

$ $ $

72,670 71,300 1,370

Volunteer Services Annual Program Support

$ $

31,000 31,000

Campus Projects Blooming Butterflies Marketing and PR Get Closer campaign Publications Conservation Affiliations Conservation Contribution Website Redesign

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

161,139 52,015 23,000 50,000 12,947 10,743 2,434 10,000

Capital Campaigns Campaign Payments Donations Secured for Polar Bear/ JG Campaign

$ 2,789,949 $ 2,300,522 $


Ken Ellis Volunteer Ken Ellis, a retired art teacher from northeast Minneapolis, comes to the Conservatory with a toolkit of trimming sheers and toothbrushes for training the 160 Bonsai that make up Como’s nationally-ranked collection. After more than ten years of Tuesday morning training sessions, Ellis says,

A community that gives back Como Friends invested $31,000 in volunteer services, providing support and training to more than 1,000 volunteers at Como in 2009. This community of volunteers donated more than 50,000 hours of their time and talents at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, a contribution equivalent to 25 full-time employees.

“This place is part of me.�

C Como Zoo

One of only four free metro zoos in the country, Como Zoo’s exhibits offer noseto-nose encounters with the animals visitors most want to see. In 2009, Como Friends helped to underwrite new landscaping efforts across the Zoo, professional development opportunities for zoo staff, and operant conditioning training which has helped to improve the health and wellbeing of all the animals in Como’s care. Support from Como Friends also helped give the Primate Building its first facelift in 25 years—improving lighting, dampening noise, and engaging visitors with educational displays about primate conservation efforts worldwide. Total gifts to Como Zoo: $184,204

Megan Elder “Zookeepers love the support of Como Friends, because it allows us to do our jobs better, and gives us some pretty amazing opportunities to develop our skills and share what we know with other zoos,” says Como Zoo primate keeper Megan Elder, who will join orangutan conservation efforts in Sumatra this year, thanks to a grant secured by Como Friends. “We’ve got some

great things happening behind the scenes at Como Zoo, and now with the improvements to the Primate Building, we’re excited to have that reflected in our public areas.”

M Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

From beneficial bugs, to seeds for the Sunken Garden, to the talented horticulturists that keep it all in bloom, Como Friends’ investment in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is always growing. In 2009, your support provided new species plants for the Conservatory’s lush and living collections, all the plants and flowers used to create five seasonal flower shows, and renovation for the Historic Entrance of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, one of Minnesota’s most beloved buildings. Total gifts to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory: $488,714

Greg McNeely “Como has meant a lot to me, even when I was a kid. My mom used to bring us here in the wintertime – we’d jump in the station wagon and go to the Conservatory and open the door and wham–there was this big blast of humidity, and wonderful smells, and you were in a different world. Every time I visit, I’m reminded of how many wonderful things there are on this earth to appreciate, and every time I come here I feel like I’m close to my mom. There’s something about it – my family’s gift to Como has turned into a true gift that keeps on giving.” — Greg McNeely, Como Friends Board Member


Education Programs From free daily education programming to professional development for area science teachers, Como’s education programs reached more than 450,000 adult and child learners in 2009—nearly six times the student population of the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts combined. Support from Como Friends created scholarships for Como’s award-winning summer camps, enriched fieldtrip programs for area schools, and innovative after-school programming like “WINGS,” that invites middle-schoolers to go behind the scenes at Como, where they learn about future careers in conservation, biology, and beyond. Total gifts to Education: $72,670

Marcus Leo Hansen “I’ve come to Como Zoo all of my life, and I’ve taken a lot of classes, too,” says Marcus Leo Hansen, a St. Paul second grader. “I like how close you can get to the animals—some you never really get to see anywhere else.” In 2009, Hansen donated $233–the proceeds from his annual lemonade stand– to Como Zoo’s zebras and giraffes. After taking classes like Primate Potluck, Polar Bear Plunge, and Big Cat Breakfast at Como, Hansen says, “I think I’d like to probably work with animals some day.”


Capital Improvements With a bold new Master Plan guiding the next 20 years of capital improvements, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory will soon be able to showcase a 21st century commitment to conservation that was once confined behind-the-scenes. This year will see the completion of Polar Bear Odyssey, a state-of-the-art exhibit that will set the new standard for exhibits across Como Zoo—and around the country. Community support for Polar Bear Odyssey and The Japanese Garden Experience projects were strong in 2009 in spite of a challenging economy—a sign of Como’s value to the community, and its vision for the future. Total gifts to the Campaign for Como: $2,789,949

Robert Buchanan “Here was a small metro zoo that stepped up and said, ‘We’re going to build one of the

world’s greatest exhibits.’ And they did it,” says Robert Buchanan, president of the nonprofit conservation group Polar Bears International. Buchanan came to Como Zoo in December 2009 to bestow PBI’s “three diamond ranking” on Polar Bear Odyssey, the first exhibit in the U.S. to earn the distinction. “Zoos today are not like the zoos that our grandparents went to. Zoos today are centers of conservation and education. Como Zoo understands that, and that’s what puts them head and shoulders above the others.”

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Como Friends Financials

Revenues Capital Project Gift Shop Sales Contributions Contributions-Restricted Special Events Membership Investment Income & Other Investment Income & Realized & Unrealized Gain on Investments Held for Endowment In-kind Contributions

$ 489,427 $ 1,051,450 $ 280,982 $ 128,540 $ 296,561 $ 169,553 $ 109,627

Total Revenue

$ 3,457,401

$ $

611,776 319,485

Expenses Capital Project Gift Shops Contributions Special Events Membership Management & General In-kind Contributions

$ $ $ $ $ $ $

116,507 833,766 132,974 155,096 40,320 305,826 319,485

Total Expenses

$ 1,903,974

Change in Net Assets Before Grant to Como

$ 1,553,427

Grants to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Programs & Improvements Publications, Public Relations & Marketing Capital Projects

$ 659,343 $ 35,947 $ 2,300,522

Total Contribution

$ 2,995,812

Change in Net Assets


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Como Friends Donors

$250,000 – $499,999 The Saint Paul Foundation

$100,000 – $249,999 F. R. Bigelow Foundation McCarthy Bjorklund Foundation Donald McNeely

Jerome Kelley Konami Gaming, Inc. McGough Companies Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Trend Enterprises, Inc.

$5,000 – $9,999 $50,000 – $99,999 Josephine and Gordon Bailey Doris C. Brooks Estate Ecolab Foundation Huss Foundation Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation Securian Foundation Spineless Wonders

$25,000 – $49,999 Anonymous E. M. Pearson Foundation Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation KSTP Nancy and Russ Nelson Timothy and Gayle Ober Radio Disney Travelers Foundation

$15,000 – $24,999 Boss Foundation Coca Cola Bottling Co Midwest Inc Cub Foods Main Office Litton and Anne Field Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation Taishoff Family Foundation US Bancorp Foundation Xcel Energy Foundation

$10,000 – $14,999 Association of Zoo & Aquariums Berger Transfer & Storage Channel 45 Estate of Ruth Shallcross Frog Crossing Foundation, Inc. John and Marla Ordway Charitable Lead Trust

Andersen Corporate Foundation Athwin Foundation CID, INC. Farleys Sathers Candy Co Inc Gordon and Margaret Bailey Foundation Grand Casino Mille Lacs & Hinckley Health Parnters Heraeus Medical Components Jackson-Dawson Communications, Inc. Greg McNeely Larry Moody Natural Habitat Advantures Kari and Daniel Rominski Treasure Island Wal-Mart Foundation Weck Charitable Trust

$2,500 – $4,999 Alexandra Bjorklund Delta Vacations Jennifer Denys Scott Dongoske Tracy Donovan William and Diane Ellis Mike Hahm Carla Heyl Stan and Karen Hubbard Jennifer and Stanley Hubbard John and Ruth Huss Elliott and Judy Jaffee Jelly Belly Candy Co Minnesota Vikings Football Club Ronald and Marilyn Mitsch Marla and John Ordway Pearson's Candy Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Rosemount Inc. Wendy and Steve Rubin Sam's Club Foundation Snikiddy Snacks

thank you Tropical Plants Unlimited U.S. Bank Whole Foods Market

$1,000 – $2,499 Dorothee and Alfred Aeppli Auralea A Hupp Revocable Trust Au'some Candy, Inc Cheryl Lynn Bailey and Dan Humes Laurie Bennett Berry Coffee Co Leslee and Shane Boyd Douglas F. Bushnell Arta Cheney City Club Foundation CLR Design CPMI Stephen Daas Lauren Dailey Terry Devitt

Ecolab Inc. Famous Dave’s Federated Insurance Foundation Fisher Nut Co. Mary Joyce Flinn and Murray Brown Sherry Fonseth-Lais and Charles Lais David and Kathleen Gabel General Mills Foundation Ronald Hahn Shannon and Corey Hoagland Cheryl Kohout and Dean Laursen Kopp Family Foundation Todd Lefko LeJeune Family Foundation Manitou Fund Margaret Rivers Fund Suzanne Matthiesen Malcolm and Patricia McDonald McDonalds/Arnold Worldwide, LLC Minnesota Bankers Association Naomi Montgomery

Nicky and Tim Nagle Nash Finch Company Navarre Todd and Martha Nicholson Nicholson Family Foundation Northern Star Foundation Old Dutch Foods, Inc. William Paddock Ed and Kris Pendergast Perkins Restaurants Pool and Yacht Club, Inc. Rainforest Cafe Janel Russell Arlene and Joe Scheunemann Kathleen Schubert Cora P. Simmons Rick Smith Jackie Sticha Subway - c/o Nemer Fieger T.C. Field & Co Terhuly Foundation Inc Tyrone Thayer Family Peter Thrane Jerrol and Alleen Tostrud University of Minnesota-Farm & Grounds Maint. Helen Van Slyke White Bear Yacht Club Keith and Colleen Wietecki Leonard Wilkening Wilkerson Associates Winthrop & Weinstine Delores Zbikowski

$500 – $999 3M Foundation Anastasi & Associates, P.A. Anime Twin Cities, Inc. Barbara Bachman Bailey Nurseries Carolyn Bingham Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior Bourget Imports Jim and Blenda Bullard Peter Butler California Community Foundation California Pizza Kitchen Cat and Fiddle Beverage Willard and Beth Cecchi Don and Sharon Christensen Thomas and Lynn Cincotta David and Margaret Cochrane Robert Coderre Coldwell Banker Burnet Anne Cullen Fay and Robert DeBellis DECO Catering Stephen and Kimberly DeRoche Florene Dougherty Carol and Michael Fix Glaceau Vitaminwater

Christine and Chris Gohl Grape Beginnings Greystone Foundation Jack and Joan Hansen Cynthia Heelan John and Dinah Heneman Jon and Diane Herrmann Justin and Natalie Heyl Dennis and Bettina Hoye Stanley S. Hubbard Amy Hubbard Timn and Pam Jacobs Elliott Jaffee Java Train Art and Martha Kaemmer Bill and Diane Kaphing Victoria and Thomas Keller Stephan and Karen Kistler Nancy and Todd Koch Trell Kulju Robert and Elaine Larson Jan Lawrence David and Elizabeth Lee Lucinda Legel Lisa Gertig Fine Art Little Ceasar's Pizza Catherine Loose Frank Loth Matt and Sara Lovat Lutheran Community Foundation Maridee McEvoy Tom and Jean McGough Frank and Heather Moga William and Anna Morrison Rick and Jan Moser Ford and Catherine Nicholson Dan and Sallie O'Brien Joan Palm Lynette and Robert Palmgren Park Tavern Paustis and Sons Michael and Marie Porcaro Lowell Pratt Susan Redfield Brian Roeker Jill Sadler Salon Ave Bill Sands David and Susan Schultz Joe and Kristina Shaffer Kyle and Michelle Smeby Peter Smith Susan and Stephen Stedman N. Stewart Stone Rupert and Jeanne Strobel James and Leslie Studenski Tankenoff Families Foundation Tea Garden The Allegro Fund The Good Earth The Spiller L'Chaim Fund The Sweet Swede

The Wine Company Trader Joe's Michele Vaillancourt and Brent Wennberg Don and Julie Vasatka Vinocopia Vinosource Warner's Stellian Co Inc David and Ann Wasson World Class Wines Mary Young Debra A. Zimmer

$250 - $499 Roger Aalund Ameriprise Financial Sarah Andersen Laurie Anderson Mary A. Anderson Ankeny Foundation Arden Shoreview Animal Hospital Chas and Nancy Arend Joseph and Connie Arndt Maggie Arzdorf-Schubbe Todd Bacigalupo Patrick and Laura Bailey Kathryn and Thomas Barnett Jerry and Sue Bartho Paul and Kathrynne Baumtrog Mark Beauchamp

Jim Bellandi Art Bergstrom and Alice Stelling Jerri Blomquist Roger and Diane Brack Brainard International Raceway Alice and Charles Bresnahan Priscilla Brewster William Brody and Bronwen Cound Richard Brundage Bob and Gerry Bullard Diana Burlison and Joyce Koshiol Paul Casey David Coerper Biz and Ted Colburn Nicholas and Laura Coleman Tom Conlon Corcoran Pet Care Kenneth Cryer Martha Cunningham Robert and Sherry Cyza Gerald Deeney Danielle DiRe and Mark Baum Dodge Nature Center Mike Eckhardt and Mary Pat Blowers Julie Esch Robert and Mary Ann Evander Rebecca and Eric Everman Elizabeth P. Fesler Nancy T. Field Patricia Freeburg

William Frenzel Paul Gaulke Alysson Gebauer William and Sally Giese GiveMN Larry Gleason Peter and Julie Goodwin Lloyd Grooms and Sue Hall Half Price Books Hamline University Disc Golf Club Marion Handt The Deborah Hansen Family Margaret Harkness Stephen Hecht Allison Hoffman Worth Hudspeth Dale Hurni Trudy Ingland Peter and Kay Jamieson Ronald Javitch Jan Johnson Latisha Johnson Scott and Jennifer Johnson Andrea Kanten Michael Kearn Nina Keeling Margie Krause Robert Kriel and Linda Krach Robert and Betty Kulzer Robert and Dianne LaBore Carol Larson Michael Lasser Richard and Peggy Lidstad Linder's Garden Center Liana Lingofelt Brian and Sandra Mackenzii Sue Maxa Colleen McGough-Wood Kimberly Meek Barbara Meier and Peter McSwiggen Microsoft Corporation Minnesota State Lottery Minnesota WAABI Carolyn Mohn Steven and Kathleen Mooney Amy and Shawn Murnan Amy Murzyn David and Julie Nagel Katie and Adam Nave Neiman Marcus Todd Nelson Eric Nelson Randy Nelson Richard and Joan Newmark Kathleen Norstrem Gary J. Olsen and Lael Pickett Oppenheimer John and Mary Ostdiek Kenneth and Nancy Palmer Robin and Marie Panlener Thomas and Karen Parish Parkway Garden Club

Marian Paschket Penny Steele Custon Cakes LLC Susan and Tim Petersen John and Debra Peterson Karin Peterson Jeffrey and Julien Phillips Charles Pitschka Prior Lake - Savage Area Schools William and Joanne Reiling Eric and Laura Renna Cheryl Riley Peter and Sarah Riley Todd and Anne Ringgenberg Kevin Rohe Roseville Visitors Association Mona Rosow Tom Rubenstein Saint Paul Garden Club, Inc. Richard and Jean Sanford Terri Scheunemann Betsy Schneider Jeff Schulman Kristi and Fred Shepherd Carrie Shursen Gloria Singh Steve and Corilee Skildum Elaine Smith Matthew and Janet Smith Scott Smith Carolyn J. Sorensen Vic and Mary Spaulding Joan Speers David Steen Janelle Strate Ronald and Margaret Tabar Monty L. Talbert Dorothy Thalhuber The Saint Paul Hotel The Tea House The Toro Foundation Bruce and Janine Timm Kathleen and Joey Townsend Bonnie Wakefield Jeffrey L. Walker Fred and Alice Wall Kathryn Weese Eric WM White and Kara L. Parker Ardis Wiley Charles and Vicky Willcox Nancie Williams Stewart Wilson and Melissa Barker Douglas Winn Melvin and Kelly Wong Jeanne Yanish Darlene Zuccaro

$100 – $249 Alice Adams Naomi and Scott Adams Bob Adamski

Michael and Pat Aden Kenneth and Tracey Agranoff Pamela and Richard Albrecht Thom Allen Bradley Althoff and Gregory Scanlan Sarah Amendola American Energies Corporation Paul and Patricia Amidon Cheryl and Brad Anderson Chris and Kelle Anderson James and Debra Anderson Jan Anderson Jerome and Constance Anderson Joel and Teresa Anderson Benjamin and Rachel Ankerholz Beverly Aplikowski Wendy Armitage and Chris Bothe Gary and Barb Armstrong Linda and William Armstrong Christina Arndt Ruth and Ted Arneson Pam Arnold Bill and Sachiko Arzdorf Verllian Augst James Azarski and Nancy Werner-Azarski Fran Babbitt Marylou Baggott David and Abigail Bahnemann James Baker

Peggy and Mark Bakko Joshua and Michelle Barnd Donna Barr Betty Barrett Bruce and Carol Barry LaDonna Bartol Sharon Bartz Jevne and Patty Baskin Ed and Connie Bastyr Tracey Baubie Thomas and Mary Beaumont Mr. and Ms. Beecham Stephen and Elizabeth Bejarano Susan Benfield and Robert Sain Bill Berg Joyce Berg B. T. Bergie Andy and Cheryl Bessette Muriel Bianchi Bibelot Shops Kathy Bickford William Bidwell Patricia Bienfang Sharon and Alfred Bigot Pat Blomster Walter and Jacqueline Blue Christine and William Bluhm Scott Bluhm Muriel Bochnak Jean Bolin

Colleen and Patrick Bollom Charles Bomberger Michael and Julie Booth Mitchel and Karla Booth Kevin Borchers Donna Boreen Charles Borowicz James Bosch Joyce Boss George and Linda Bounds Debbie Boyles Andrea and John Brainard Emily Brenengen David and Judy Brennan Margit Brewitz Cheryl Bricker Ciampa Bright Wines Mark Brinda Daniel Brink David Brookman Robert Brown Terrance Brueck and Kathy Mitchell Denise Bryn John and Helen Buche Jennifer Budd Katherine and Richard Buenger Robert and Regina Buresh Josh and Penny Burke Paul and Shannon Burke Barbara and Malcolm Burleigh John and Maria Byers Lucia Byrne Dennis and Nan Callahan Marion Calph Robyn Campanaro Mary Jo Campobasso Nelson Capes and Christine Kraft Benjamin Carlson Curtis and Diane Carlson Jeffrey Carnes Kathleen Carney Jake and Jenny Carolan Rae Carter Chanhassen Dinner Theater Debra Chatelle CHESS, Inc. Judith Christensen Judith Christian Charles and Cynthia Clanton Mr. C. P. Claude Jane and Gary Clements Marianne and Thomas Clinton-McCausland Barbara Clothier Dan Coates Elaine Colberg Christine Coletta Roger Cone Thomas Connolly William and Maureen Cosgriff Deanna Counsell Countryside Kids Club

Paul and Kathy Craven Harold and Leigh Crump Robert and Mary Cathryn Cudahy Amy Culbert Doug and Goldyne Cunningham Donna D'Amalfi Dancers Studio Brian Danielson Gerald Dastych Jim and Bonnie Davy Douglas J. Dayton Lori Delalley Liz DeLay Renee DesJarlais Hazel Dicken Michael Dickson Tom and Kathy Diffley Breanne Dingman Erin Dirksen Carrie Dittmer Dave Dobratz Marc and Stacy Doepner-Hove Tina Dombrowski and Thomas Ivancsics Brian Doran Peter Dorsey Emily Douglass David and Paula Doyle Aaron Drake Harry Drake Elizabeth and John Driscoll Robert and Mary Druke Duluth Children's Museum Kirstan and Paul Dunstan Thomas and Hannah Dzik E J Houle Inc Kristen Edson Mary Edwards Miles and Genelle Efron Alexander and Julie Elder Patricia Elfstrand Christie Eller Alisha Ellwood Bill and Tracey Emeott James and Leanne Erickson Muriel Erickson Steen Erikson Kurt Eskuchen David Evans Darcia Ewert Ruth Fagen Eileen Fahrenkrug David and Maryse Fan Charles Fastner Duane Fauchald Edward and Janice Faulkner Peter and Andi Favilla Ethan Fawley Sheryl Feguson Kay and Nile Fellows Frederick Finch MaryAnn Finegan

Mary and Joseph Finley Anna Firshman Steve and Susan Flack Jeanne Fleming Flights of Fancy Travel Dianne Flugge James and Michelle Ford Willis Forman William Foussard David Frank Katherine Frank and Richard Kain Richard Frase Dennis and Barbara Ann Frederick Ronald Fredericksen James and Mary Frey Judith Friedrich Nancy Fuhr Ben Fuller Michelle Furrer Marilyn Galazen Dick Galena Carolyn Ganz and Jim Olson James and Joan Gardner Robert Garrett and John Novak Andrea Gates Anne Geisser Burle and Louetta Gengenbach Marna Gerke Jim Gerlich Cara Germain

Norman and Joan Gill Hamilton and Lori Girard Girl Scout #13238 Randy and Jan Godeke Roger and Terry Goerke Golf Tech Timothy and Susanne Goodman Joseph and Visala Goswitz Mary Gould Justin Grammens John Graykoski Greater Twin Cities United Way Roma and Michael Gregory Fran and Greg Gretz Colleen and Glenn Grieder Wayne and Carolyn Griesel Eric Griffin Walter and Karen Grivna Candance Grohskopf Roy Gross Karen Gruetzmacher and Lynn Markun Ralph and Nancy Gundersen Howard Guthmann Kristine Guttersen H.B. Fuller Company Foundation Lori Haglund Martin and Laurie Halvorson James and Anna Hamilton Jean Hammar Kyle and Shelley Hansen

Marcus Hansen Carol and Julie Harlicker Lenore Harmon Norman and Linda Harris Merrie and G. Carter Harrison Daniel Hartman Daniel Hartnett Leslie Harwood James and Sharon Haselmann Earl Hatten Mari Haugi Chris Hautman David Hayes Dennis and Karen Hays Dennis and Nancy Hebrink Kara Hefner Rosemary Heinitz Angela Heins Sharon and David Heitzman Shirley Hellem Steve and Julie Henseler Sharon Hepler Phyllis Hepp Diane Herman Rick Heydinger Patrick Hickey James and Nancy Hiebert Joan Higginbotham Julie Hill Elizabeth Hilpisch Patricia Hjelm Thomas Hodnefield Hoe & Hope Garden Club Jennifer Hoecherl-Braun Bethany K. Hoffman and Ted T. Zukowski Sandra Hoffman Diane and Tony Hofstede James and Carol Hollenbeck W H Hollinshead Robert Holly HOM Furniture Hopkins Center for the Arts, Inc. Bud Hostetler Jennifer Huang Jaymes Hubbell Jean Hudson Lincoln Hudson William Hugdahl Linda Huggins William and Mary Hullsiek Gary Hunt Mary and Austin Indritz Interior Spaces Kathleen Irwin and Gretchen Crowley John and Melody Jacobson Kevin Jacobson Paul and Diane Jacobson Jean Stephen Galleries Wayne Jennings and Joan Sorenson George and Sarah Johns Arnold Johnson

Bert and Anita Johnson Dale and Jan Johnson Judith Johnson Marion Johnson Patricia Johnson Thomas Johnson Joe Johnston Gail Jones James and Mary Jost Lori Julkowski Charles and Mary Jungmann Kaplan, Inc. Judy Karbo Alfred and Sharon Kauth Cheryl Kedrowski Carrie Kelley Martin and Esther Kellogg Mark Kelm Nicole Kephart Carol Keyes-Ferrer Mary Kiel Corrine Kindschy Janice Kispert Kim Kittilson Robert and Alexandra Klas Allen Klein Forrest Klingaman Troy and Shelly Knowlton Jana Knutson Terry Jo and Bruce Knutson Philip and Patricia Kohls Karen Komp Eugene Kook Mary Kosel William Kostur and Nancy James Anthony and Gwen Kraus David B. Kreisman and Clelia Brigneti Dezso Kristof Frank and Constance Krmpotich Randall and Rachel Kroll Linda Kucera Ranelle Kuehl Emily Kurhajetz Timothy and Sharon Kurtt Kara Kuykendall Benjamin LaForest Lake Owasso Garden Club Ilona Langdon Dean and Roberta Langenfeld Anne and William Langford Kathryn Larkin David Larson Don and Carole Larson Kim Latterner Jason Laukkonen Janice Laulainen Chris Laux John Lawlor John and Lyn Lawyer Peter Leach and Nan Skelton Legacy Courses at Cragun's

Ernie and Sally Lehmann Joan Lempke Kevin Leuthold and Nancy Garrett Amy Levey Harvey and Diane Lewis Judith Libertus Rebecca and Scott Lien Chris Lienemann Georgia Lindeke Karen Lindgren Jeff Lindner Daniel and Mary Beth Liska Donnette Little Alan and Lori Lohman William Lohman and Ann Dillon Robert E. Loida Victoria and Chuck Long Maya Longard Jason Lonstein and Jessica K. Looman Donna Lutz Kathy MacKnight Macy's Toni Magnuson Frank and Regina Maguire Mary Mahoney Donald Malewitz Mall of America Marsha and Thomas Mann Rick Manning and Ruth Carter Robert and Paul Manning

Janet Manthey Ken Marcy Larry and Wendy Marik Karen Marinovich and Richard Roles Michele and Tom Marrinan Katherine Masson Kathleen Mathews Marilyn May Donna McBrian Paul and Margaret McCarrick Claudette McCollar Roger and Marcia McCombs Amy McDonald William and Virginia McDonald Andrea McGough Sara and Brian McGregor Priscilla Mckenzie Marion McKoskey Estelle Mclean Douglas and Ann McMillan Mary Bigelow McMillan Harry G. McNeely, Jr. JoAnne McPherson Peter and Christine Melchert Mello Smello MELSA Joan Mertz Susan Meyers Joesph and Jane Micallef David and Mary Miller

Joel Miller Kenneth and Marilyn Miller Scott and Rosemary Milton Minnesota Dance Theatre Minnesota Twins Baseball Club Minnesota Zoo Patricia Mitchell Judith Monno Ann Monroe Bjorn and Margot Monson Alan and Janet Montgomery Douglas Montzka Shirley A. Moore Paul Morin Anne Morton Kimberly Lisa Motz and Bruce Bruemmer Brad and Kim Mueller Nancy and James Mulvey Lawrence and Rachel Mundt John Munsinger Sonia Murnane Bryan Murphy John and Elizabeth Mushel Peter and Michelle Nagel Sandra Nahl Brenda Lee Nelson Gloria and Earl Nelson Stuart Nelson Frandell and Bonita Netteberg David and Kathleen Newman Leda Newman Keri Nickell Elinor Nicklawske Walt Niemiec Earl and Judy Nolting Paul Oberhaus and Diana Adamson Joan and Kate O'Brien Margaret O'Connor Lisa Odom Cathy O'Keefe Stanislaw Brenda O'Leary Judith Olin John and Sydney Olsen Christopher J. Olsen Noreen and Kevin Olson Edward and Jean Olszewski Steven and Katherine Onken Richard Opseth Erik Ordway Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Vivian Orey Irene Orf Organized Today Doug and Judy Osland Mark and Elizabeth Ostlund Terese Otto Adina Overbee Jay Pack Dorothy Paddock Yvonne Paffel Mary Palmer Panera Bread

Ralph Parilla Don Paschke Bob and Rebecca Patient Altin Paulson Pazzaluna Lizabeth and Corey Pearl Jacob and Jessica Pearson Beth Pennell Mark Peppin Janet Peter Joan Peterson Janet Pettit Barbara Pflipsen Michele Pierce Doris and David Polson Gloria Pope Jodene Pope and Tim Wong Preferred Adventures Ltd. Pamela Pritchard Jane Prohaska and William Donohue Norman Purrington Scott and Annette Purrington Anne Pusey Brad and Linda Quarderer John and Elizabeth Rachuy Barbara Rademacher Earl and Yvonne Rasmussen Paul and Elizabeth Rauker Michael and Linda Rawson Edward Reed Pierre and Judith Regnier Matthew Reinartz Jamie Lyn Reinschmidt Mike Renslow and Nancy HarrodRenslow Restaurant Alma Commissioner Janice Rettman Rachelle Reynolds Norman and Cynthia Rhodes Bruce and Joan Richard Jean Ledell Richardson Gabrielle Ridler James and Suzanne Riesterer Deb Ringler Valerie and Alan Rivers Brian and Kristine Robb Nancy Robbins Linda Roberts Warren Roberts Michael and Elizabeth Robertson Andrew and Heather Rocheford Joyce Rogers Tom and Pat Rolewicz Robert Rollin Patricia Rosaves Deborah Rose Rosedale Center William Roush Barbara and Vincent Ruane Shelly and Steve Rucks David Rudolph and Susan Sochacki German and Janet Ruiz

David Runyan Naquib Rupawalla Jennifer Ryan Tom Ryan Michael and Marcia Sager Saint Croix Vineyards, Inc. Gerald Samuelson Todd and Marilyn Sandell David Sandquist James and Jean Sargent Pam Sarne Annie Sarver-Bodoh and Roy Sarver Fred and Ruth Sauer Sheree and Josh Savage Robin Schaeppi Dean and Camille Schafer Kim Schafer Vicki Scheunemann Jeremy and Elizabeth Schmitz Rich and Katie Schmitz Doris Schoener Gary Schoener Marcia Schultz Carrie Schumacher Shelley Schwaninger Albert Schwartz Gary and Suzanne Schwartz Marek Sedivy Wendy Sedlacek Judy Seeley

Martin Segal Joseph and Gloria Senden Terry Shima Roger Shimada Amy Short Jessica Shuster Sharon Sibell Nancy Simmet Doris Skalstad Kristi Skordahl Craig and Joyce Smith Laura Smith and Paul Christianson Susan and Brian Smith Ella and Oscar Snyder Emily Sochacki Robin Solomon and Cornelius Lam Pamela and John Solstad Arlene Sonday Richard Sonnen Sheryl and Jon Sostarich Space Center Inc Stephen and Susan Spangenberg Barbara Spannaus Scott Spencer and Lynn Indihar Sharon Spernick Kristine and Brian Spiewak Neil and Peggy Spofford Richard and Linda Spyhalski St. Paul Saints Stages Theatre

Scott and Nancy Stankiewicz Mark and Wendy Stansbury O'Donnell Jodi Steen Rick and Judy Steenberg Melanie Steensland Jacob Steffens Selma Steiner Jane Steinman John Stepan Lila Stevens Douglas and Colleen Stewart Marilyn and William Sticha John and Jolene Stiglich Wanda Stillman Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club Patricia Stinson Bev Stirtz Janice Storebo Warren Stortroen Linda Stowman Philip and Brielle Stoyke Carolyn Strandberg Roberta Strauss Michele Struss Eric Stull and Kyoko Katayama Summit Brewing Company Stephen Sutten and Anna Cherry Tom Swain Craig Swalboski Barbara and Mike Swalinkavich Karen Swan Karen Sweet Pat and Kaia Swetala Peg and Tom Swifka Terry Swor Peter Tabor Robert Taylor Brad TeGantvoort Tennant Foundation Anita Terry and Kevin Harding The Grand Hand Gallery The Head Foundation The Longview Foundation George and Doris Thomas Bill A. Thompson Elizabeth Thompson Steven and Geri Thompson Carole Thomson Susan Thrash Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Michael Tibbetts Ed and Julie Titcomb Sharon Tix Paul and Janet Tolzmann Thomas Tommet John and Linda Tomsyck Tom Trainor and Deborah SullivanTrainor Jacob Trimble Dennis Trooien and Sue Ahlcrona Tim Trujillo

Judy Tschida Sarah Tufford Jeff and Laura Uecker Dolores Ullstrom UnitedHealth Group Robert Valente Michelle Vanden Plas Mary Vannucci Siegel Varner Cynthia Lu Vehe Kirk Velett and L. Velett Karen Ventura Veritcal Endeavors Indoor Rock Climbing Facility Paul and Carolyn Verret Vincent - A Restaurant Zsolt Vincze Matthew and Linda Virnig Rolande Voerding Jason and Samantha Voiovich Doylene Voligny Mary and Daglin VonRuden Michael Vraa and Sonja Short Jenifer Wagner and James Vogel Mark Wagner-Perkins Thomas and Dallas Wakefield Jeffrey and Carey Walker Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Diane Wallace-Reid and Terrance Dinovo P.C. Walsh Susan and Robert Warde Mary Ann and David Wark Jane Wateland Susan Wax Jim Webster Jeffrey and Johanna Wehrman Jeffery and Julie Weirens Cindy Werner Elizabeth Werner Mary Wess Ted and Nancy Weyerhaueser What's New in Gifts Thomas and Barbara Wiberg Catherine Anne Wick Jennifer Wightman Marion Wildung Sheila Will Martha and Michael Willett Eva Ann Williams Gloria Williams Patricia Williams Sydney Williams Denise Willman Mary Wingert Eric Winter Karen Winter Heather Wittstruck-Egtvedt Teddy Wong Ben Wood Sharon Yang

Garry Yazell and Michele Dunning Elaine Yost Jill Yost Robert and Julie Young Walser Peter Yurkovich Barbara Zahasky Robert and Jeanne Zaske Alphonse and Lorraine Zecca Howard Zechmeister Richard and Kathleen Zieman

thank you

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Como Friends Board of Directors and Staff

Como Friends Board Jo Bailey Community Volunteer Shane Boyd Vice President, Communications and Branding, Travelers Jennifer Denys Investment Counsel, Securian

Ed Pendergast Retired SVP, Travelers Janice Rettman Ramsey County Commissioner Kari Hubbard Rominski Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation Wendy Rubin CEO, Wendy Rubin Ltd.

Emeritus Directors Leonard Wilkening Retired President, Wilder Foundation

Como Friends Staff Kelly Billig Development Associate

Arlene Scheunemann Community Volunteer

Laura Billings Coleman Director of Institutional Relations

Anne Field Anne Field Communications Consulting

Kathleen Schubert Organizational Consultant

Carrie Dittmer Director of Finance

David Gabel Finance, Ecolab

Peter Thrane Attorney, Leonard Street & Deinard

Jennifer Downham Director of Individual Gifts

Scott Dongoske President, Winthrop & Weinstine

Fran Gretz Business Program Coordinator University of St. Thomas Stephen Hecht Management Consultant, Baker Tilly Tom Hodnefield CPA, Tautges Redpath, Ltd. Elliot Jaffee President Twin Cities Market, US Bank Bill Kaphing Vice President, Xcel Energy Greg McNeely Ear 4 Music Nancy Nelson Consultant, The Nelson Group Marla Ordway Pratt Ordway Properties

Keith Wietecki Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Seren Innovations, Xcel Energy Officers Chair, Scott Dongoske Vice Chair, Wendy Rubin Treasurer, David Gabel Secretary, Jackie Sticha Ex Officio

Cheryl Kohout Director of Special Events Jan Kurhajetz Finance Assistant Kathy Satersmoen Assistant Manager Garden Safari Gifts

Garden Safari Gifts Staff Karina Bigit Jula Charoenying Katie Clifford Flo Dougherty Barb Durfee Jim Etten Krista Hasse Beth Johnson Lorie Jonas Amy Lindh Emily Lund Mary Meidlinger Shannon Mlekodaj Kristen Neff MaiPa Thao Xai Vang Bao Vue Chi Yang Khue Yang Melissa Yang

Terri Scheunemann Manager Garden Safari Gifts Jackie Sticha President Matt Wehner Development and Communications Associate

Mike Hahm Director, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Jackie Sticha President, Como Friends

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Como Friends 2009 Annual Report  
Como Friends 2009 Annual Report  

Annual report for Como Friends, the nonprofit partner of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory