Building a Gift with Heart

Jeff Walker works in construction, and his wife Carey Becker works in the medical technology field. Carey is also an avid drag racer!

Their connection with the Minnesota Zoo started over 20 years ago with a series of Animal Sponsorship donations. Jeff and Carey next became members, then Friends of the Minnesota Zoo.  They began a tradition of visiting the Zoo every year on Christmas Eve, loving the smaller crowds and highly active animals.  Then they started attending Friends of the Minnesota Zoo donor events, building connections with staff and learning more about all of the pieces that have to come together for the Zoo to function—exhibit design, veterinary care, horticulture, animal care, etc.  They began donating via Jeff’s employer’s payroll donation program.

Jeff and Carey’s gifts to the Zoo grew along with the relationship they built with staff through programs and events. They value the Zoo’s work in conservation and education, but they fell in love with the PLACE that brings joy to them and so many other Minnesotans.

When Carey and Jeff started thinking about their estate planning and how they would want their assets distributed to reflect what they value most, the Zoo naturally came to mind.  They have designated the Minnesota Zoo Foundation as the recipient of a generous percentage of their estate.

And with that designation, Jeff and Carey became the newest members of our Circle of Life Society. They have built a truly remarkable legacy of support and we look forward to seeing them at the Zoo for many years to come! 

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