Partying at the Zoo

What is the best way to raise money for a zoo or an aquarium?  Throw a party!

Zoos and aquariums hold many types of events in order to raise money for their organizations.  Many times they hold wine or beer tasting events.  These events appeal to a different audience than the usual families with small children.  These events usually target older audiences like the young professionals.

Zoo Brew event at the Cincinnati Zoo

Zoo Brew event at the Cincinnati Zoo

On October 15th, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is holding their Zoo Brew Event.  It is part of their A Toast to the Wild event series which benefits CREW.  CREW stands for the Carl H. Lindner Jr. Family Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, a center that focuses on research and saving endangered plants and animals from extinction.

Guests can purchase tickets in advance for $30 or get them on the day of the event for $40.  Tickets let the guests enjoy an evening of entertainment and live music.  They even have beer provided by Sam Adams.

The Cleveland Zoo Society also holds a similar event in the summer called Twilight at the Zoo.  This year the event was held in August and tickets were around $75 per person.  The proceeds go to the Cleveland Zoo Society which in turn benefits the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The evening consists of live music, entertainment, buffet dinner and drinks.  The event has been wildly popular in years past and continues to attract a large crowd each year.  It is a great way for the zoo to reach out to a different audience and raise money at the same time.

The Akron Zoo holds its summer jazz series every year as well.  Last year the series consisted of four evening concerts featuring different local artists, food and fun.

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