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Party Animals Mark Your Calendars For One Wild Night At Zoofari

Media Alert: Friday, June 03, 2011


June 3, 2011

Jennifer Wilson
Communications Manager

Powell, OH – The largest, loudest, and most delicious summer party at the Zoo returns for the 41st consecutive year. Enjoy live entertainment and food and drink from your favorite Columbus bars and restaurants at Zoofari, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s annual fundraiser, on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
This year’s premier, adult-only fundraiser includes samplings of cuisine and libations from more than 90 Columbus area restaurants and bars and live entertainment from the Dueling Pianos from The Big Bang, The Menus, Chris Logsdon featuring Dave Clo and more.
In addition to food and entertainment, the Zoo will also hold a 50/50 raffle and a “One Wild Ride Raffle” for a 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible. Ticket sales for the 50/50 raffle will take place before and during Zoofari and tickets for the “One Wild Ride Raffle” can be purchased online or during the event.
Zoofari tickets cost $95 if purchased by June 10; $115 after June 10 and $150 the day of the event. Individuals looking for V.I.P treatment can purchase a V.I.P ticket for $250 that includes complimentary valet parking, a V.I.P pre-party at 6:30 p.m. with exclusive entertainment by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Dave Mason and Band, reserved seating at Water's Edge and program name recognition.
Guests can also purchase individual tickets for Jack Hanna’s Platinum Party, a V.I.P. ticket that also includes a pre-event reception at 5 p.m. catered by Ruth’s Chris Steak House and hosted by Jack and Suzi Hanna.
For additional information on Zoofari or to purchase tickets please visit us online at  Zoofari 2011 is presented by Nationwide Insurance and proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation and education programs.
*Special Note: Due to Zoofari setup on Saturday, June 18, the Zoo will close at 3 p.m.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days a year 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. after Labor Day.  General admission is $14.00 for adults, $9.00 for children ages 2 to 9 and $10.00 for seniors 60+.  Children under 2 and Columbus Zoo members are free. The Zoo was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.)  For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit