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Wharton-Smith Foundation Chooses the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens as First Recipient

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Wharton-Smith Foundation Chooses the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens as First Recipient

Wharton-Smith, Inc. announced today the formation of the Wharton-Smith Foundation. The Wharton-Smith Foundation was created with the intention of purposely expanding the company’s philanthropic endeavors. Wharton-Smith’s aim is to grow the foundation during times of financial prosperity to consistently give back in the future. With its creation also comes the opportunity to grow the foundation with generous contributions from our business partners, employees, and private individuals.

The Wharton-Smith Foundation selected the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens as its first recipient and has pledged $100,000 to support capital improvements for future new exhibits and the restoration of the Zoo’s Little Florida Railroad miniature train.

The Central Florida Zoo and Wharton-Smith have a long-standing relationship, “…One based on a shared passion for conservation and for the continuing growth of Arts and Culture in Seminole County,” said Tim Smith, Wharton-Smith Executive Vice President.

“We are excited to make our first contribution to this long-time friend,” Ron Davoli, President and CEO of Wharton-Smith added. “It is our desire that this will be the first of many contributions to organizations and local businesses in the communities where we live and work. Charitable giving has long been a staple of Wharton-Smith’s culture, and this foundation is a way to focus our giving and make it meaningful. The Wharton-Smith Foundation is an idea that our founder and current Chairman of the Board, George Smith, has advocated for, and we are proud to announce its formation.”

Dino Ferri, CEO of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, praised Wharton-Smith for their long- term commitment to Seminole County’s largest attraction.

“We are extremely honored that Wharton-Smith has selected the Central Florida Zoo to be its first honoree for the Wharton-Smith Foundation. Their friendship and partnership over the years has been something we could always count on. As the Zoo recovers from the pandemic, and begins to look toward expansion, Wharton-Smith’s contributions will spring-board our growth efforts.”


About Wharton-Smith, Inc.

Wharton-Smith was founded on the core values of trust and hard work, but also of humility and community involvement. For over 35 years, the Wharton-Smith team has had a continued focus on building communities, both with our quality projects and our dedication to the communities we serve. Our Mission is to exceed our clients’ expectations by performing with the highest quality, professionalism and fairness and by communicating with honesty and integrity at all times.

For further information or to contribute to the Wharton-Smith Foundation, contact Stephanie Pompeo, Vice President of Finance, at 407-321-8410 ext. 3316.

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