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U.S. Cellular Donating $9,000 to Zoo's Educational Outreach Program

EMPORIA, KS,April 3, 2009 – Mayor Bobbie Agler and other city officials will join U.S. Cellular on April 3 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of David Traylor Zoo and kick off the zoo's free "Stroll and Show" movie series. The Emporia community is invited to enjoy twilight tours of the zoo followed by family-friendly movies presented by U.S. Cellular on the first Friday of each month through June. Weather permitting, the first "Stroll and Show" is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday with a special presentation recognizing the zoo's contribution to the community.

Mayor Agler, City Manager Matt Zimmerman, City Commissioner Jim Kessler, City Commissioner Kevin Nelson and U.S. Cellular will present the zoo with a special commemorative 75th anniversary cake and U.S. Cellular's $9,000 grant to further its education outreach program.

"The David Traylor Zoo has been a staple in our community for more than seven decades," said Mayor Agler. "We are proud to have such a valuable, educational resource right in our own backyard. Thanks to companies like U.S. Cellular, these events are another fun way for Emporia families to celebrate all that the zoo has to offer."

Following the presentation, families can tour the park to get a sneak peek into the lives of animals afterhours. Children can paint a giant animal mural, have their picture taken with U.S. Cellular's Pixel Magic Machine and participate in more fun activities. At dusk, a popular movie will be shown on the lawn of the Zoo Education Center with free popcorn and cotton candy provided by U.S. Cellular and soda provided by Bluestem Farm.

"These new events allow children and adults to experience the zoo on a different level," said Lisa Keith, interim director of the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia. "People are looking for low-cost ways to entertain the family and we are thrilled to provide it."

For a list of scheduled movies and updates on start times and weather changes, people can call the U.S. Cellular "Stroll and Show" movie hotline at 620-366-3665 or the zoo at 620-341-4365. Additional events are planned for May 1 and June 5.

"Our partnership with the David Traylor Zoo gives us an opportunity to bring people together to learn and have a good time," said Marc Ballinger, store manager for U.S. Cellular in Kansas. "We see the value the zoo brings to our community and we enjoy supporting their mission of conservation and education."

U.S. Cellular is a corporate partner of the David Traylor Zoo. In 2008, the company donated over $50,000 to non-profit organizations across Kansas.

The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Pearl and Curve, and the touch-screen Samsung Delve, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation's fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or