Special to Valley Community Newspapers
The Sacramento Zoo will celebrate 85 years of wildlife education in the community during its 16th annual Wild Affair Gala fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 1. It promises to be a fun and decadently delicious “walk on the wild side” for those who attend.
Celebrating the Zoo’s 85 years as the premier resource for wildlife education in the community, this exclusive, safari-style gala will include special guided behind-the-scenes tours that are only offered once a year, fine dining and much more.
Unlike any other Sacramento gala, attendees begin their evening with the opportunity to experience chimpanzees and lemurs up close, tour where snow leopards and giant anteaters dwell, and stand eye to eye with the giraffes. Behind-the-scenes tours like these are only offered once a year during Wild Affair. Between tours there is an opportunity to participate in a silent auction and enjoy specialty cocktails and appetizers.
At dusk, guests gather under a spacious tent decorated for the evening where they will enjoy a delicious farm-to-fork dinner prepared by Patrick Mulvaney of Culinary Specialists and Mulvaney’s Building & Loan. Live auction offerings include a cocktail party with the giraffes at the Tall Wonders viewing deck; stays in South Lake Tahoe or a Strawberry Creek cabin; and a River Cats Luxury Suite. This magical evening is hosted by Dave Bender of CBS13. Throughout dinner, Sacramento Zoo staff and volunteers will give a performance that will take attendees through time. It is sure to be a delightful and memorable event.
During the evening, the Sacramento Zoological Society will recognize Wells Fargo for their generous contributions and ongoing support.
Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to over 450 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation.
The 16th annual Wild Affair Gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the zoo. Tickets for Wild Affair are $150 per person. A table sponsorship for eight is $1,500. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. Call (916) 808-8815 or visit saczoo.org for information and reservations. The Sacramento Zoo is located at the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in Sacramento’s beautiful William Land Park.