Updated: December 01, 2021 02:48 PM
Created: November 30, 2021 09:48 PM
The weather is cold and so are Minnesota lakes this time of year - but that didn't stop two non-profit executives from diving into Lake Superior.
it was a less-than-seasonal celebration of the Lake Superior Zoo and the Great Lakes Aquarium reaching their fundraising goals on Give To the Max Day.
"Part of the deal was that if we reach our goals, we're going to go take a jump in Lake Superior," said Jay Walker, executive director of the Great Lakes Aquarium. "Well we reached our goals - and we're going to go jump in Lake Superior."
Not only did they reach their goals, they exceeded them. The aquarium raising over $12,000 for supporting animal care and the zoo raising over $5,000 to update their barnyard habitat.
"If you want to learn about the world, look in your backyard," said Walker. "That's what we do. Our organizations do a great job of teaching people about what's out there in the natural world and why it's important to protect it."
Haley Cope, the CEO of Lake Superior Zoo saying both non-profits are thankful for the community support coming out of the pandemic's rough start in 2020.
"We have seen such a strong sense of community from our members, from our donors and we've seen record numbers this year," she said.
"It's just nice to have the community support both of our organizations. The zoo is almost 100 years old so we've been around for quite a while and we have no plans of going anywhere."
When it comes to helping the organizations, both leaders say the giving doesn't stop today. People can become members, volunteers, or donate any time of year - just visit the Great Lakes Aquarium or Lake Superior Zoo website for more information.
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