We believe, do ‘zoo believe?’
By Kathleen Goddeyne -
Grand Valley Zoological Quest (GVZQ), a nonprofit seeking to create the only educational zoological center on the Western Slope, held their first annual Zoo Believe party at the Kokopelli Plaza Saturday, Oct. 20. GVZQ paired up with the Grand Valley Knights, who organized a car show to make the event a success.
GVZQ is currently in the process of raising funds to build the Zoological Center, which will cost around $2 million after purchase of the building and renovations to accommodate both animals and visitors.
Those who attended the event had the opportunity to see interesting cars dating from the 1960s to now. Others may have been drawn to the face-painting area. And plenty of people visited the exotic animals provided by GVZQ such as parrots, lizards and salamanders, snakes, toxic frogs, turtles and tortoises, a guinea pig and even a tarantula.
The well-informed volunteer staff was happy to educate Zoo Believe partygoers on whichever animal they were handling at the moment.
No Apologies, a Classic Rock and Country band, played the event with Dan Brito on lead vocals and lead guitar, Liz Siegrist on lead vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboards, Dave Brewer on bass, guitar and vocals, and Jeff Steele on drums.
The event was a successful way to raise donations for GVZQ and a fun family-oriented event.
“This event was awesome,” said Jesie Hladik, a Grand Junction resident. “It was cool to see animals that I otherwise wouldn’t get the chance to if it weren’t for this event.”
The GVZQ took donations for the future zoological center and also sold pumpkins to raise funds.