MONTGOMERY, AL., -- The Montgomery Area Zoological Society (a support organization for the Montgomery Zoo) presented the ninth annual Golden Egg Award to Dottye Hannan on February 10, 2009. This event recognizes an individual for outstanding support of the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum.
Dottye Hannan was chosen as the 2008 Golden Egg recipient for her many years of longstanding loyalty, commitment and service to the Montgomery Zoo. Dottye aligned herself with the Zoo in the early 1980's when the zoo went through a major expansion. She has held the office of President of the Montgomery Area Zoological Society and has been the driving force of many Zoo projects such as the special fundraiser "Zoobilation". Proceeds from the most recent Zoobilations have gone towards building two major projects; the elephant exhibit and the river otter exhibit.
Dottye has also become a grand ambassador for the Zoo through her work with local military families and during her travels around the U.S. and abroad.
Past Golden Egg Award recipients, several friends and family members, Montgomery Area Zoological Society Board members along with Zoo Staff members were present to honor and thank Dottye for her many years of support and dedication to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum.
Some of the attending guests were; Dottye's husband Mr. Jim Hannan, daughter and son-in-law Jamie and MacGregor Hodges, friends of the family Virginia Whitfield, Dick Morris, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Joseph, Mayor Charles Jinright, Executive Assistant to the Mayor Jeff Downes, and the past recipients of the Golden Egg Awards was Jack Galassini, Larry Stevens, Luther Waller, Helga Finks, President of the Montgomery Area Zoological Society Board Tina McManama, Zoo Director Doug Goode and Deputy Zoo Director Marcia Woodard.
Zoo admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 3-12. Montgomery Zoo Friends and children two and under are admitted free. Discount combo admission to both Zoo and Mann Museum are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for children ages 3-12, children two and under are free.