Zoo supporters to dine, dance at summer's 'wildest' event

June 15, 2015 - 11:14am

Oregon Zoo Foundation's Zoolala benefit offers chance to sip, savor and support

Animal lovers and party animals can spend a wild evening under the stars July 18 — sipping complimentary wine and beer, savoring small plates from the region's best restaurants and supporting endangered species — as the Oregon Zoo Foundation hosts its 16th annual Zoolala benefit, presented by Spirit Mountain Casino with support from NW Natural and the region's top community-minded organizations and individuals.

"Just like the zoo, environmental stewardship is central to our work at NW Natural," said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. "Zoolala is a wonderful way to support the zoo's efforts to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders."

Proceeds from Zoolala support the zoo's advances in animal welfare, life-changing educational experiences and programs to protect endangered species worldwide.

Starting at 5 p.m., guests will graze their way through a "Savory Safari," tasting culinary delights from more than 20 of the area's top restaurants while sipping on complimentary wine and craft beer. Guests will have the opportunity to explore areas of the zoo normally off-limits to the public, experience up-close encounters with exotic animals and enjoy live music at every turn, with performances by The Bylines, Moon by Night and Sabroso.
By 7:30 p.m., all will have reached their "Decadent Destination" — converging at the zoo concert lawn for a benefit program, desserts and dancing the night away with Patrick Lamb.

A generous $15,000 matching gift challenge from RayEtte Oregon Investments, LLC, will double the impact of donations made during the event or through the event website. Zoolala guests can also purchase raffle tickets from event volunteers for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime camping experience at the zoo.

Purchase tickets and tables here or call 503-220-5738. General admission is $150, and VIP tickets are $250 and provide guests early access beginning at 5 p.m. Creative cocktail attire is encouraged. Guests must be 21 or older with valid ID.

The zoo will close to regular visitors at 3 p.m. on July 18 to set up for Zoolala. Guests can remain on grounds until 4 p.m.

The zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor's checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on Asian elephants, polar bears, orangutans and giant pandas.

Support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation enhances and expands the zoo's efforts in conservation, education and animal welfare. Members, donors and corporate and foundation partners help the zoo make a difference across the region and around the world.