One of Indy’s most fabulous young professional fundraising events—Zoolala—will celebrate its fifth year on Saturday, Jan. 28. By partying for a purpose, young philanthropists have raised more than $200,000 to support the Zoo’s mission. Because the Zoo receives no direct tax revenue, fundraising events such as Zoolala are vital to the continued growth of the Zoo and the Indianapolis community.
Emerging community leaders founded the Indy Zoo Council in 2012 as an opportunity for young professionals to connect with and support the Zoo’s mission of empowering people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. The inaugural event was a sellout and quickly became a staple fundraising event for the Zoo.
This year guests will receive the royal treatment as they Party Like a King. VIP guests will kick off the evening in the Zoo’s Oceans building, the only place guests will have the opportunity to see the inspiration for this year’s theme: the king penguin. VIP ticket holders will also be able to learn about the unique challenges penguins face in the wild and how zookeepers care for the penguins that call the Indianapolis Zoo home.
Penguins have no greater hero than Dr. P. Dee Boersma, a 2016 Finalist for the Indianapolis Prize — the world’s leading award for animal conservation. For more than four decades, Boersma has studied Galápagos and Magellanic penguins, showcasing how these seabirds are indicators of environmental change.
The main event will take place in the Dolphin Gallery, featuring live music from the Julia Kahn Band and Indianapolis’s own DJ Lockstar, delectable food from local favorite Nada, and a full open bar. Surrounded by the Zoo’s playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, guests will have the opportunity to get the ultimate selfie all the while remembering the true purpose of the party — animal conservation.
Interested in supporting the Indianapolis Zoo by partying like a king? A few tickets remain and can be purchased online here.
The Indy Zoo Council is open to all young professionals in Central Indiana. For more information on how to join, contact Betsy Busald, Indy Zoo Council liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-630-2025.