Puttin’ on the Ritz Fundraiser

By Al King

Dr. Robert Davis (right), president and CEO of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM), gets ready to ring the boxing bell held by Mark Zimmerman, of Wauwatosa. They were at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Puttin’ on the Ritz fund-raiser Jan. 26, 2012. Zimmerman is a member of the Zoological Society’s Associate Board.

The evening begins with the proverbial “gathering around the water hole”, the largest turn out since the event has been held, people are commenting. What is it? Puttin on the Ritz! It is a yearly fund raiser given by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo. This year’s event hosted a record turnout of more than 350 attendees who enjoyed the black-tie-and-boxing event at Potawatomi Bingo Casino in downtown Milwaukee.

Dr. Robert Davis (Dr. Bert), president and CEO of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM), has a unique approach at operating the organization. What is that? Hands on and being visible! At any given time he can be seen walking through the Milwaukee Zoo, participating in tours, speaking with patrons or just enjoying the view of the animals. Milwaukee has one of the best Zoo’s in the country and Dr. Bert’s enthusiastic approach will take it to the next level. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee(ZSM) has won multiple awards including the coveted International Conservation Award presented by the Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums(AZA). The ZSM sponsors many programs in Central / South America and in Africa-The Congo.

ZSM through Dr. Bert continues to also build a strong volunteer base that helps off-set cost to the zoo and gives people an opportunity to experience the working “Behind the scenes”.

This was the annual event’s 17th year of raising money for the non-profit Zoological Society to help the Milwaukee County Zoo and conserve animals.

Dr. Bert says that he would love for everyone to visit and take advantage of the beautiful scenery and opportunities to get involved with “Your Zoo” The door is always open and you are Welcomed!