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Furlough workers receive free admission Thursday to zoo and museums

1:12 PM, Oct 9, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- During the government shutdown, arts and cultural businesses around town are opening their doors to support federal employees who are furloughed.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Cummer, MOSH and MOCA are providing free admission to furlough federal workers and their families on October 10.

"Jacksonville's arts and culture community is honored to reach out to our neighbors who are effected by the Federal furlough of employees," said Maria Hane, executive director of MOSH. "Museums, libraries, zoos, theaters and performances are avenues for respite during stressful times and we hope this will offer some relief - and appreciation - for those who are impacted in our own community."

At the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the free general admission is available for two adults and two kids with a federal employee ID.

"We can imagine how stressful it must be not to know when you will be called back to work or how long you might need to wait to see your next paycheck," said Tony Vecchio, executive director of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. "But we, the culture and arts community, want our furloughed federal employee neighbors to know we support them. We hope this one day of free activities will create an enjoyable, educational distraction for them."

For further information about the free admission visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Cummer, MOSH and MOCA website or social media page.

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