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    Conner Prairie names fundraising professional Zuccarello chief development officer

    8/17/2015
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    CONTACT
    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    brodt@connerprairie.org
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, Aug. 17, 2015/Conner Prairie) – Fundraising professional Karrie Zuccarello of Indianapolis has been named chief development officer at Conner Prairie.

    She joins the museum from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where she was director of development since 2011. In that role, she managed SPEA’s major gift program, corporate and foundation relations, annual fund and stewardship.

    Previously, she worked as associate director of major gifts, corporate and foundation relations and events at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She started her career with the March of Dimes Foundation, where she served as senior community director in the Chicago division and community director in the Pennsylvania chapter.

    Download a hi-resolution image of Zuccarello:  http://bit.ly/1XM8Ldz

    In her role, Zuccarello will lead a team of seven charged with securing critical philanthropic support and developing partnerships with corporations, foundations and individuals for Conner Prairie, which draws more than 360,000 visitors a year.

    “Karrie is a skilled fundraiser who will become an important strategic partner for the staff and board,” said Conner Prairie President and CEO Ellen M. Rosenthal. “With her leading our fundraising efforts, I am confident that Conner Prairie will continue in its role as a dynamic and vital part of the central Indiana community.”

    Originally from Greensburg, Ind., Zuccarello earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a certificate from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education and Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers.

    “Conner Prairie is the kind of place that you can have a true, meaningful connection with land, history and one another,” Zuccarello said. “The opportunity to connect donors to this great institution and watch it continue to grow and develop is a tremendous honor.”

    Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 guests of all ages annually. As Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

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    Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiencing. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.