Zoo Society Gala Goes Virtual

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium annual fundraiser, Zoobilee, will be transformed into an online event on Nov. 13. The free event will be complete with Zoom cocktails, a live-streamed auction, and virtual animal appearances.

The 27-year Tacoma tradition brings together leaders and philanthropists to sample great food, dance to live music, visit with animals like Siesta the sloth, and bid on items to support animal care and wildlife conservation at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. In 2018 and 2019 other fundraising events took its place on Zoo grounds. In light of COVID-19, Zoobilee will go virtual, known as Zoobilee Re-Imagined.

“We haven’t hosted Zoobilee for the past several years, so we’re using these unusual times to reinvent it – thus ‘Zoobilee Re-Imagined!'” said Ruthann Howell, executive director of The Zoo Society. “We’re building in all the elements that people loved: our animals, a great program, fun food, and beverages if you want them. And we’re adding the ability to participate however you want from your own home – you can go glam, in your jammies, engage your kids, whatever is most fun for you. And while we hope to generate generous support for our terrific Zoo, we also love that anyone can participate, since it’s virtual with no limits and no cost.”

To learn more about Zoobilee Re-Imagined, visit the Zoo Society website.

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