Roger William Park Zoo celebrates the “Feast with the Beasts” 20th anniversary at its Zoobilee! Fundraiser, June 30

Roger William Park Zoo celebrates the “Feast with the Beasts” 20th anniversary at its Zoobilee! Fundraiser, June 30

Event to Feature Culinary Delights from Area’s Best Restaurants, Live Entertainment;

Companion Online Auction Featuring Unique Items and Experiences Open for Bidding Now

Providence, RI – Tickets are now on sale for the 20th anniversary of “the wildest party of the year” - Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual fundraising bash, Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts.  This year’s Feast with the Beasts, to be held Saturday, June 30th from 7 to 11 p.m., is set to feature fine food and drink from dozens of southern New England’s best restaurants, as well as live music and other fun entertainment, all in the unique and beautiful setting of the Zoo at twilight.  As part of the Zoobilee! fundraiser, the Zoo is also hosting an online auction now through July 2, with a wide variety of unique items and experiences up for bid. Please note that the Zoo will be closing to the public at 2 p.m. the day of Zoobilee to prepare for the event, with the last admission at noon.

Zoobilee! partygoers will feast on fine food and drink from such local favorites as The Melting Pot, Hemenway’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar, The Capital Grille, Not Your Average Joes, PF Changs, El Rancho Grande, Iron Works Tavern, Theo Chocolate and many more.  Zoo-themed martinis will be shaken and stirred at the popular “Zootini Bar” by premier beverage sponsor Douglas Wine and Spirits.

New this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Zoobilee, the Zoo will offer a Champagne Toast, and present two awards, “The Spirit of Zoobilee”, and “Best Zoobilee Dish”. Guests will have the opportunity, while supplies last, to enter an Alex and Ani raffle, with an Apple iPad presented to the raffle winner.  Tickets for the raffle will be sold at the front entrance from 5:15pm – 7:15 pm, and then at the Wine and Beer Bottle Bazaar until sold out. For every ticket purchased, the guest will receive an animal themed Alex and Ani bracelet.

The night’s entertainment is set to include live music by the acclaimed World Premier Band, back by popular demand, as well as Farm Dog, a band comprised of Zoo’s employees. Ethereal performance artists from Ten31 Productions, will also be on grounds, and some of the Zoo’s education animals will also make special appearances during the night.

In addition to the festivities scheduled for the night of the event, the Zoo is also hosting a Zoobilee! auction exclusively online, now through July 2.  The auction offers over 140 items up for bid at a great value, from priceless zoo experiences to sports memorabilia and outings, artwork, getaways, theater tickets, unique entertainment packages and more.  Visit https://rwpzoo.org/168/zoobilee-feast-beasts and click on “bid” to browse and bid in the auction through July 2.

Last year’s Zoobilee! raised over $300,000 in proceeds for the Zoo; the event has raised over $4 million since its inception in 1991.  The funds generated help underwrite the Zoo’s award-winning environmental education and conservation programs, including the conservation of threatened and endangered species in New England and around the world, and important community outreach efforts, such as the Zoomobile, which bring science and environmental education to tens of thousands of local school-aged children and other participants per year.

Zoobilee! is supported by sponsorships and contributions from a number of area businesses, charitable organizations and individuals, including this year’s presenting sponsor, the Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation. A committee of community leaders, led by Chair Jay Howell, President and General Manager of WPRI 12, Fox Providence, and myRITV, have come together to help make this year’s event a success. 

Tickets to the over-21 event are $125 per person for non-members and $100 per person for current Zoo members. Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $15,000 or more and include early admission tickets to the event as well as special recognition in Zoobilee promotional materials. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://rwpzoo.org/168/zoobilee-feast-beasts, e-mail zoobilee@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 941-3910 x453. Tickets are limited and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.  Due to the sale of alcoholic beverages, Zoobilee is a 21 years of age and older event.  Please note that the Zoo will be closing to the public at 2 p.m. the day of Zoobilee to prepare for the event.

 

Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the nation, is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction and is also a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size.  The Zoo has received numerous awards for environmental education, and conservation work done locally and around the world, caring for species that without human intervention would face certain extinction.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.

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