BY JAKE KUBIE
As a fourth-generation Coloradan, Rob Kaufmann knows the importance of Denver Zoo to the community and has witnessed firsthand how much it has evolved and improved since he started coming here with his family as a kid.
“I’ve been a fan of the zoo for many years and consider the experiences I’ve had learning about and interacting with the animals very formative,” said Kaufmann, who is a partner with Brownstein Farber Hyatt Shreck, LLP and a Cherry Hills resident. “Our four children have grown up going to the zoo and have taken part in various educational programs that have been important in their development.”
Now, as chair-elect of Denver Zoo’s Board of Governors, he is part of the leadership that will ensure the zoo remains a world-class cultural institution for many years to come. To Kaufmann that means guaranteeing that future generations have access to the same opportunities that have been so significant to him and his family.
“In my opinion, the most important thing the zoo does is provide educational programming to children throughout Colorado,” said Kaufmann. “Education is the key to our mission of securing a better world for animals through human understanding, and the zoo does a fabulous job of reaching children with learning experiences at the zoo and beyond through outreach programs.”
This year, Kaufmann—along with his wife, Jen Gilbert-Kaufmann—is also co-chair of Denver Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser, Do At The Zoo presented by Anadarko, which has raised more than $13 million for the zoo in its 28-year history. On Thursday, June 21, during the evening, guests will have the opportunity to graze on savory sample dishes from 60 of Denver’s best restaurants, enjoy live music from local bands and get up-close to some of the zoo’s furry, feathered and scaly residents. Proceeds from Do At The Zoo benefit the zoo’s many initiatives, including providing exceptional care and enrichment for its animals, bringing science education to life for more than 225,000 schoolchildren, and continuing its critical conservation work.
“Do At The Zoo brings the community together and lets us show off the zoo in a way that most people don’t usually get to see,” said Gilbert-Kaufmann. “It’s such a fun and unique event, but also serves a very important purpose for the zoo—supporting all of its priorities from animal welfare within our gates and the protection of wildlife and wild places globally, to educational programming and guest experience.”
Tickets for Do At the Zoo are $175 per person and include open bar and unlimited sample dishes from restaurants like D Bar Denver, duo Restaurant, Luca, Postino LoHi, STK and Ultreia, just to name a few. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. All guests must be at least 21 years of age. For more information about Do At The Zoo and to purchase tickets, visit DenverZoo.org/DoAtTheZoo or call 720-337-1400.
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