The Zoo’s largest single-day fundraiser, Zoobilation, was launched in grand style at the Genesee Valley Club on March 1st. This exclusive Kick-Off Party did a fantastic job building excitement for the Zoo’s fundraising gala, taking place on Saturday, June 2nd, while also offering advance tickets to the event. Our guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a fabulous sundae bar while learning about the fun that is Zoobilation!
Our Kick-Off Party raised more than $22,000 in Zoobilation ticket sales, 7% over last year’s number, with additional sales of more than $3,000 the next day. We appreciate the support of all of our ticket buyers, from those who bought a couple tickets to those who bought enough tickets for a sports team!
We would like to thank our hosts and underwriters, Leonard and Lorraine Bayer and our corporate sponsor, Crosby-Brownlie, Inc. for their support on this successful evening.
We had great prizes for our guests that purchased the first-, second- and third-most tickets as well, including four tickets to “South Pacific” from the Rochester Broadway Theatre League; a Rochester Red Wings Suite; and dinner for two at The Rabbit Room. We appreciate all of these sponsors who donated these wonderful incentives!
The most artistic, eye-catching and decadent of the prizes was donated by Encore Chocolates. Once again, they created an amazing “Chocolate Zoo” for our Kick-Off Party.This year, they put a new spin on it by replicating our A Step Into Africa Exhibit with three lions (1 male, 2 females), two elephants and ten baboons. This delicious piece of art was one of the centerpieces of our event.
Finally, we would like to thank our excellent pianist for the evening, Scott Bradley, who is a member of the Bill Tiberio Band, as well as our Valet Parking sponsors, Rachel Baker August and Electronics & Innovation Ltd.
Please check our Web site for complete information about Zoobilation 2012 and all of the surprises we have in store for our guests this year.
– Michelle Picardo, Zoobilation Coordinator
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