City and community leaders are urging the public to support the Chula Vista Nature Center by visiting the City’s home page at www.chulavistaca.gov and making a donation online. Supporters will receive an immediate email confirmation of their donation.
The Nature Center, a popular zoo/aquarium refuge along San Diego Bay, is one of a number of city services and programs slated for deep budget cuts. The City Council is considering reductions in staff, services and operations in an effort to close a $4 million gap in the current budget and a $20 million shortfall projected for next fiscal year.
All online donations will go directly to the Friends of the Chula Vista Nature Center to support the facility’s programs and operation. The Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit support organization.
Just this week, Friends of the Chula Vista Nature Center has announced a generous donation of $125,000 from the Sempra Foundation. In addition, an anonymous donor has stepped up to issue a challenge grant of $125,000. That means all donations received by December 31, will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $125,000.
Friends of the Chula Vista Nature Center is planning a community fundraiser for Sunday, December 28 in Bayside Park. Live music, food, kids activities and environmental organizations will be part of the festivities. All proceeds will benefit the facility. For more information on the event, visit www.savethechulavistanaturecenter.com .