Cosley Classic Golf Outing is a Hole in One

CONTACT: Gina Catalano
Wheaton Park District


September 1, 2017

Wheaton, IL – The 34th annual Mike Williams Cosley Classic Golf Outing was indeed a wild day of golf and more for everyone that came out to support the Cosley Foundation.

182 golfers were greeted that morning by some of Cosley Zoo’s “animal ambassadors” including Gretchen the Norwegian Fjord horse and Franklin the llama. While the animals were enjoying the bright sun and meeting new friends, golfers enjoyed 18 holes at one of the area’s top courses, Arrowhead Golf Club.

Snakes, turtles and rabbits mingled with guests during cocktail hour followed by a delectable steak dinner as well as a raffle and silent auction. During the event, Cosley also shared their vision for the Facility Master Plan that was revealed in July. The plan includes increased parking, a new entry complex and additions of new species.

More than $37,000 was raised for The Cosley Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization that supports on-going exhibit development and animal care at Cosley Zoo. In addition to the money raised, the award for the Michael T. Williams Memorial Scholarship was presented.

The Michael T. Williams Memorial Scholarship awards $2,000 annually for past or present interns or junior zookeepers of Cosley Zoo based on their future plans of pursuing college degrees related to conservation of wildlife. This year’s recipient, Christopher Greco, volunteered 500 hours as both a junior zookeeper and an intern at Cosley. His plan is to inspire others to care about nature through education and focus on educating the youth on the importance of conversing wildlife. “My goal and personal mission is to inspire the next generation of leaders, just as I was inspired, to conserve and care for the natural world by expressing my own creativity and passion for the field of Informal Conservation Education,” Greco said. “This mission would not be achievable without my time at Cosley Zoo.”

Sponsors for this event include Martin Whalen, Transnational and Borter Heating & Air Conditioning. “Sponsors are a key part of what makes these events successful, and having them support our cause to educate and preserve wildlife for future generations is something we appreciate,” Cosley Zoo Director Sue Wahlgren said.

Cosley Classic Golf Outing

From left to right: Tracy Smith, Joe Cuttone, Karen and Mark Daniels
Photo © Wheaton Park District 2017