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Buttonwood Park Zoo

Buttonwood Park Zoo

Laurie and Alanah with Ruth and Emily
Laurie and Alanah with Ruth and Emily

Mid City Steel is proud to be a supporter of Buttonwood Park Zoo, located in New Bedford, MA. Buttonwood Park Zoo was established in 1894 and is the 12th oldest Zoo in the United States. In the AZA’s (Associations of Zoos and Aquariums) accreditation report, the team of zoo professionals who visited the Zoo called it “one of the finest small zoos in the United States”. (

Joe Jacob, Mid City Steel Westport

Our company’s commitment and connection began when our Human Resources Manager, Laurie Jacob, was handed the assignment of responding to Sonia Schonning, the Executive Director of the Zoo who approached us with a request of community support.

The zoo was hosting the “Dream Night” event on June 1, 2012. It is a night where the Zoo invites chronically ill children and their families to an evening when they can temporarily put aside concerns and just have fun together. The Zoo is open after hours and they provide food, rides, fun and an opportunity to meet the elephants, Emily and Ruth.

Our receptionist Joan Lachapelle with her niece Corrin


Sonia offered Laurie a chance to also meet Ruth and Emily, the two Elephants housed at the zoo. Laurie brought her daughter Alanah with her to the zoo. Alanah, is a college student studying to be a zoo keeper. Alanah got to meet some of the zoo staff and also landed an internship for the summer at the zoo! What a great addition to your resume….How many people can say they have hand fed two Asian Elephants? It was a thrill of a lifetime. This experience was something Laurie wanted to share with the crew at Mid City and their families. Almost immediately upon her return, she stared planning a “Mid City Employee Sponsored Zoo Day”.


On June 24, 2012 Mid City employees spent the day at the zoo. Approximately 15 families participated. Four families from our Bozrah Connecticut facility even traveled an hour and

Lenny Reis, Information Technology Manager

a half to join the fun. Everyone got to tour the zoo at their own leisure. The highlight of the day was when everyone got to meet the Elephants. The Zoo provided “Elephant Treats” for the employees and families. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of picture taking. After feeding the Elephants, we all met for lunch in the grassy area next to Elephant Country.


Mathew Mello, son of Mid City Steel’s CT General Manager, Rick Mello


Each family donated money to help purchase hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins. A few generous families brought side dishes, desserts, fresh fruit, and Steve Quinn, our CFO, brought his grill for the day.


After all supplies were purchased, there was $125 remaining that we donated to the zoo in the name of Mid City Employees. We even donated our left over fresh fruit to the animals. The Zoo was excited with our donations and was very grateful for our support.


Mid City is a company that cares about its employees and its community.


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