Each year, corporate and civic leaders dress in their finest cocktail attire to experience a new side of the zoo and play an integral role in shaping its future. On September 16, the Sacramento Zoo hosted its 21st annual fundraising gala, Wild Affair, presented by Hughey Law Group. The event was attended by more than 200 guests and raised critical funds to support an immersive Biodiversity Center at the zoo. This project supports the Sacramento Zoo’s mission to inspire appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation.
Thanks to Wild Affair’s presenting sponsor, Hughey Law Group, and many other generous donors, and supporters, the zoo raised more than $80,000 at the event and is one step closer to breaking ground on the Biodiversity Center. At this state-of-the-art center visitors will feel as though they are surrounded by the animals and immersed in their habitats as they learn about some of the world’s most interesting species from near and far. The new center will facilitate learning through the ease of innovative technology and interactive guest experiences, enabling the zoo to further its mission.
“Of all the conversations, with all the new friends, at all the galas, throughout the country, over the last 20-plus years, this was my favorite.” – Kevin Hughey
A premier event on the Sacramento social calendar and one of the most unique fundraising events in Sacramento, this year’s gala had guests already excited for 2018.
Guests arriving at the gala knew from the moment they entered the zoo that they were in for a night full of fun and excitement. Ivy-adorned stilt walkers, signature cocktails, and unique farm-to-fork appetizers all set the tone for the evening. Guests enjoyed the Sacramento Zoo’s 14 lush and beautifully landscaped acres where they were wildly inspired by animals, from majestic big cats and stately giraffes, to fascinating primates, birds, and reptiles.
A unique silent auction, Giggle and Riots’ photo booth, live music and behind-the-scenes tours entertained guests during the cocktail hour. Giraffe Barn tours, up-close encounters with flamingo chicks, behind-the-scenes access to the chimpanzees’ house, and traveling through the red panda forest, left every guest with a full heart and a little more knowledge of the care and compassion that fill the Sacramento Zoo and how zoo supporters can make a difference in the world.
Thank you to all the guests, donors and sponsors for making the evening wonderful! Find out how you can help by visiting the Biodiversity Center webpage.