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Kohl’s Donates $1.5 Million to Zoological Society of Milwaukee County

  Kohl’s Donates $1.5 Million to Zoological Society of Milwaukee County

  Kohl’s Wild Theater program at the Milwaukee County Zoo teaches kids about
                           nature and conservation

Business Wire

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. -- July 9, 2013

Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announced a $1.5 million donation over
three years to the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County to continue the
Kohl’s Wild Theater program at the Milwaukee County Zoo - a live, interactive,
participatory theater that uses drama, puppetry and songs to bring
conservation messages to children and families. The funding will allow Kohl’s
Wild Theater to expand its show repertoire to include a total of 15 unique
shows, add new puppets for stage and exhibit performances, and make
improvements to the stage and theater area at the zoo, including a raised
stage floor, shaded stage area and a theater green room for the cast. The
donation comes from the Kohl’s Cares^® cause merchandise program, which sells
special merchandise, including plush toys and books, and donates 100 percent
of the net profit to benefit children’s health and education initiatives

Recognized as one of the country’s finest zoological attractions, the
Milwaukee County Zoo serves more than 1.3 million people each year. Through an
initial $1 million donation from Kohl’s Cares in 2010, the Kohl’s Wild Theater
program was created and has quickly grown to become the country’s largest zoo
theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater performances are free with admission to
all zoo attendees. Performing teams also travel to schools and local community
events at no charge.

“Kohl’s is proud to continue our partnership with the Zoological Society of
Milwaukee County to bring lessons about conservation, wildlife and natural
animal habitats to life for Wisconsin kids,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s
chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The Milwaukee County Zoo is
a well-known family destination in our hometown community, and at Kohl’s we
share their commitment to enriching the lives of area children and families
through educational programming like Kohl’s Wild Theater.”

The Kohl’s Wild Theater program consists of two main components:

  *Kohl’s Wild Theater: Located in the children’s area of the zoo, Kohl’s
    Wild Theater hosts performances focused on conservation and the importance
    of caring for the animals and the environment. Zoo performances take place
    during the summer months.
  *Kohl’s Wild Theater Performances in the Community: The program features a
    year-round community outreach program, where Kohl’s Wild Theater
    performers travel into the community to present 30- to 45-minute
    performances at various venues, including schools, libraries, community
    centers and major special events.

“Kohl’s Wild Theater has become one of the best zoo theater programs in the
country thanks to Kohl’s tremendous support,” said Dr. Bert Davis, president
and chief executive officer of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Kohl’s and provide quality
programming designed to inspire children to care more about conservation and
learn ways to help animals.”

Since 2000, Kohl’s Department Stores together with Kohl’s Cares have combined
to give more than $58 million to support charitable initiatives in the
metro-Milwaukee area, including $2.5 million to the Zoological Society of
Milwaukee County. To date, the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program has
raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide. To learn
more about having a Kohl’s Wild Theater performance at your school or event,
or for more information on the Kohl’s Wild Theater program, To purchase Kohl’s Cares^® cause merchandise, visit any
Kohl’s store or shop online at

About Kohl’s

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused,
value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced,
exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home
products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to
environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates1,155stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than$231million
for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause
merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and
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About Zoological Society of Milwaukee County

Established in 1910, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County (ZSM) is a
private non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve wildlife and
endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the
environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo. The ZSM has about 54,000
member households and gave $6.6 million in support to the Zoo in 2011-12. For
information, visit


Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Robin Higgins, 414.258.2333
Kohl’s Department Stores
Jen Johnson, 262.703.5241
Kohl’s Department Stores
Tami Kou, 262.703.7725
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