MILWAUKEE, Wisc., Oct 22, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A live hawk will soar through
the air with a $2.5 million check on Wednesday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the
Milwaukee Zoo Peck Welcome Center from U.S. Bank Wisconsin president Jay
Williams to Milwaukee Zoological Society president Gil Boese. The financial
donation will assist the New Zoo II Capital Campaign to improve the Zoo.
Specifically, this gift will go toward a light-filled pedestrian atrium entrance
to the Zoo, to be called the Gathering Place. The glass-topped atrium will have
a rustic, North Woods feel, including animal sculptures and small trees/plants
indoors. The space will include an aquarium, an expanded restaurant with a
variety of menu items, and an international gift bazaar. The $30 million
campaign is being conducted by the public-private partnership of the Zoological
Society of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. The ceremony also will include a bald
eagle, and will take place in the Peck Welcome Center at the Zoo.
U.S. Bank, through its 150-year history in Wisconsin, has been a longtime
supporter of the Zoological Society and the Zoo. In winter 2003, for example,
the bank sponsored a touring exhibit at the Zoo on crocodiles and alligators. In
winter 2004, the bank also will present the winter touring exhibit at the Zoo,
called DOGS: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend. John Howard, U.S. Bank executive vice
president of corporate banking, is a long-time Zoological Society board member.
U.S. Bancorp, with assets of $195 billion, is the eighth largest financial
services holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,199
banking offices and 4,575 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking,
brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products
to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star
Service Guarantee, which assures customers of certain key banking benefits and
services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience. U.S. Bancorp is the
parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the Web at usbank.com.
SOURCE: U.S. Bank
CONTACT: Zoological Society
Robin Higgins, 414-258-2333
Lisa Clark, 608-877-7517/pager 888-437-8620
Steve Dale, 612-303-0784
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SOURCE: U.S. Bank