Family Zoo Day

Family and Children’s Services to Host Inaugural Family Zoo Day, May 21 at Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

BALTIMORE – Family and Children’s Services (FCS) will host its inaugural spring fundraiser, Family Zoo Day, Sunday, May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. All proceeds from the event will benefit FCS’s children’s initiatives, including its Healthy Families and Family Stability programs.

Tickets for the event are $50 for adults, $25 for children under 10. There is no charge for children under two. For complete information and to purchase tickets, visit:

The Family Zoo Day experience begins in the Zoo’s Mansion House with a visit from the adorable lionhead rabbit and catered brunch. Attendees are then invited to explore the zoo at their leisure for the remainder of the afternoon.

​“FCS is rooted in supporting families, which makes this type of an event such a delight to put on,” CEO F.T. Burden said. “Family Zoo Day is a great opportunity for individuals to lend their support to the kids in our communities who need it the most. And best of all, they get to do that while enjoying all the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has to offer.”

About Family and Children’s Services
Family and Children’s Services, with ten locations in Baltimore and the surrounding counties, is a non-profit based in Baltimore for more than 165 years. The agency provides a broad range of free and low-fee support services to people of all ages ranging from infants to seniors. Each year, it serves over 7,000 families and individuals struggling with domestic, child and elder abuse in addition to those dealing with the challenges of caregiving and raising a family. Programs for seniors include adult day care and foster grandparents. Family services include counseling, case management, early head start and Healthy Families. Trauma services include child abuse treatment services and a comprehensive domestic violence program.

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FT Burden

Chief Executive Officer

F.T. was appointed Springboard Community Services as CEO in September of 2015 following a national search that yielded more than 200 candidates. Prior to joining SCS, he served for nearly 15 years as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. F.T.’s chief duties include leading fund and partnership development, cultivating the board of directors, and establishing the agency’s strategic direction and vision. A Florida native, F.T. enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending live music and dance performances.

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