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Eaton Corporation Pledges $100,000 Gift to the Cleveland Zoological Society

CLEVELAND – June 6, 2012
As part of a Leadership Forum on Zoo Education & Workforce Development held recently at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Zoo Society accepted a $100,000 challenge grant from the Eaton Corporation to help the Zoo / Zoo Society deliver high-quality educational experiences to residents of Northeast Ohio, with a special focus on workforce development and the underserved youth of greater Cleveland.

“Eaton’s generous donation, when matched by other Cleveland corporate donors, will help ensure our Zoo continues to be the region’s foremost provider of informal science education. The Zoo offers 30 different programs to students and visitors of all ages,” states Vicki Searles, Curator of Education at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. “Programs range from the one-of-a-kind free ZooBus program to Zoo Summer Day Camp and the Advanced Inquiry Program for graduate students; critical funding from the Eaton Centennial Challenge ensures accessibility to those students most in need of positive science experiences. As a living classroom, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is uniquely positioned to build workforce capacity with all-important STEM skills, through a continuum of learning opportunities.”

“Education is an important priority for our region and Eaton Corporation is proud to partner with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cleveland Zoological Society to ensure that our region’s youth are well educated and well prepared to enter the workforce,” said William B. Doggett, Eaton senior vice president of public and community affairs. "We’re proud to be able to give something back to the communities in which we live and work."

The Eaton Centennial Challenge, a grant for $100,000 over a two-year period, directly supports science education and enrichment at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Zoo Society invites other like-minded corporations in the region to step forward and invest in Northeast Ohio’s future workforce. This challenge grant requires the Zoo Society to raise a total of $500,000 by the end of 2013. The Zoo Society is off to a very good start with this challenge, having raised $140,000 to date, through multi-year gifts from PNC, Creekside, Third Federal, Dominion, and Parker Hannifin. “The challenge is off to a great start, with contributions from these committed and engaged companies,” said Mike Vaughn, co-chair of the Zoo Society’s Workforce Development Committee and corporate vice-president, operations at Lubrizol. “These companies recognize the importance of cultivating local talent, and that it is key to a successful regional workforce.”

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Eaton has approximately 72,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.

The Cleveland Zoological Society advocates for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as a leading civic asset and philanthropic priority. The public / private partnership supports education, conservation and capital improvements at the Zoo, with a focus on innovation and excellence. The Zoo and Zoo Society share a mission to create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world.