Young Professionals Spotlight: Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Columbus Chamber
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Each month, the Columbus Chamber will spotlight a local young professional or professional organization to showcase what they offer, how to get involved and when to check out their next event. For the month of August, Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is featured.

Friends of the Columbus Zoo and AquariumWhen and why was Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium started?
Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was started in the mid-1980s because of the burgeoning young professional community interested in supporting the Columbus Zoo.

Why should I become a member?
Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium supports the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium through volunteer service, fundraising, public awareness and community outreach. Friends members give time, raise money, attend membership meetings and social functions, and serve as advocates of the Zoo. Being a member of Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a privilege and an opportunity above a normal Zoo membership. Our members experience a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, events, and activities designed to support the Zoo while creating friendships between our members. Friends are advocates for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Members enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with friends, family, and colleagues to advance the Zoo’s mission. An exciting privilege of membership includes frequent opportunities to learn about the Zoo’s conservation efforts and how to apply these efforts into our daily lives. Through general membership meetings, newsletters, and volunteer opportunities, members gain valuable information about the animals and the Zoo. One of the best reasons to join Friends is the people! We host happy hours and networking events throughout the year.   
How do I become a member?

To become a member, please contact Subha Lembach, President, at 614-743-0104 or In addition to purchasing a Zoo membership, Friends volunteer ten hours annually; pay annual dues of $40.00; and attend six membership meetings.

Tell me about your upcoming event(s).

Join Friends of the Columbus Zoo at the 2009 Brew at the Zoo!
Date: August 28, 2009   
Time: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.   
Cost: 21+ event. Adults $35 ($45 after Aug. 18), $5 discount on each ticket for Columbus Zoo and Aquarium through Aug. 18. 

Join Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for an after hours event that offers guests the opportunity to support conservation efforts while having a great time at the Zoo. Entertainment, food, beverages and prizes are highlights of this adult-only event.
Ticket price includes 8 samples of beer, 6 delicious appetizers and live music from the Nate McDonough Band! Proceeds from this event support the mission of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Tickets are available at or by calling Subha Lembach at 614-743-0104.

What are some successes or cool facts about Friends of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium?

Friends of the Columbus Zoo had another stellar year in 2008, with approximately 70 members contributing over 600 hours at Zoo special events. Friends of the Columbus Zoo volunteers engaged in wide variety of volunteer opportunities, including:

  • staffing the Annual Fund Phone-a-thon in partnership with the Development Committee;
  • connecting with children through Treat Stations at Boo at the Zoo and Eggs, Paws, and Claws;
  • supporting Zoo special events including Go Wild! for Opera; and
  • partnering with A Kid Again to provide food and volunteers for a very special Dream Night at the Zoo.

Friends of the Columbus Zoo’s premiere fundraiser Brew at the Zoo was a great success. Featuring a wide selection of beer tastings and food, Brew at the Zoo raised approximately $30,000, with about 700 guests in attendance.

Where can I go to learn more information?

For more information, please contact Subha Lembach, President of Friends at the Columbus Zoo, at 614-743-0104 or