15th Annual Benefit

Join us on Saturday, July 19 for a benefit like no other. We're looking forward to an evening of delicious food, drinks, entertainment and creatures great and small. Last year's event garnered more than $260,000 to create a better future for wildlife. You can make this year an even bigger success!

About the event

Support advances in animal welfare, life-changing educational experiences and programs to protect endangered species worldwide while you spend an enchanting evening at the zoo. This summer soiree boasts the best of regional restaurants, live music and exciting animal encounters. It's a magical evening under the stars you won't want to miss!

Savory Safari
5 – 7:30 p.m. (General admission guests enter at 6 p.m.)

Get up close with Oregon Zoo animals and their care takers while savoring small plates from the region’s best restaurants, craft beer and wine, entertainment and live music from Sam Bam Boo, Sneakin' Out and the Pete Krebs Trio. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to enter our raffle to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the zoo.

Featured booths: Amalfi's, Bamboo Sushi, Bamboo Izakaya, Brix Tavern, Hoda's Middle Eastern Cuisine, KOi Fusion, Las Primas, Le Bistro Montage, Newmans at 988, Oregon Culinary Institute: Culinary Arts, Salty's on the Columbia, Simply Thyme Catering, Spirit Mountain Cedar Plank Buffet, Stephanie Inn & Wayfarer Restaurant, Urban Fondue, The Station and Reverend's BBQ

Decadent Destination
7:30 – 10 p.m.

Enjoy delights from the best dessert purveyors, see elephants in the first completed portion of their new Elephant Lands habitat and get creative with spectacular face painting and photo booth fun. Round out the evening with great company, a video presentation and dancing the night away to the music of our main stage band, Soul Vaccination.

Featured booths: Beaverton Bakery, Oregon Culinary Institute:  Baking and Pastry, Oregon Zoo Catering & Events, La Provence/Petite Provence, Ruby Jewel Scoops and Urban Farmer

Matching Gift Challenge

A generous $10,000 matching gift challenge from RayEtte Oregon Investments, LLC, will double the impact of donations made during the event or through the event website. 

Celebrate with us on July 19.

Reserved tables and individual tickets are on sale now. Purchase VIP tickets to gain early entry to food, fun and unique animal encounters. We encourage creative cocktail attire. Guests must be 21 or over and valid ID is required. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

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With support from



In-kind and promotional partners

To learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, call Heidi Heitkemper Wilcox, corporate and foundation relations manager, at 503-220-5734.

Special thanks to our Host Committee

T Norris, Lisi Belz-McCarthy, Elizabeth Sipe, Cherie Sprando and the Oregon ZooGuide volunteers