Disclosure: this is a sponsored post brought to you by the Audubon Institute, but we couldn’t be more excited to offer you the chance to win tickets to the Zoo to Do for Kids later this month!
New Orleans knows how to throw a party, and two of the wildest in town take place at Audubon Zoo each year!
Tickets are going fast for Whitney Zoo-To-Do and Zoo-To-Do for Kids, New Orleans’ most anticipated springtime philanthropic events. Much more than fundraisers, both offer an opportunity to partake in fine dining, good music and people watching beneath Audubon Zoo’s majestic oaks.
Friday, May 2, 2014 is the 37th Annual Whitney Zoo-To-Do, the adults-only black-tie gala event that features a mind-boggling lineup of top-notch cuisine from 70 eateries and more than 40 specialty and full service bars serving premium cocktails. Guests also will get to dance to the high energy sounds of blockbuster entertainers Party On The Moon. Other performers include Brasss-A-Holics on the Capital One Main Stage, Sasha Masakowski in Cooper Plaza and the Lafourche Cajun Trio in the Lupin Arrival Plaza. The patron party begins at 7 p.m. with exclusive admission to the Jerome S. Glazer Audubon Tea Room. General admission begins at 8 p.m. and the festivities continue until midnight.
The Whitney Zoo-To-Do silent auction features exotic vacations, collectibles for the sports enthusiast, gorgeous jewelry, dining experiences and much more. Auction boards open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The 2014 Zoo-To-Do Luxury Vehicle Raffle features a 2014 Lexus IS250 generously donated by LEXUS of New Orleans. Tickets are $100 each and a limit of 1,000 will be sold. One lucky winner is guaranteed and the ticket-holder need not be present to win.
Zoo-To-Do for Kids will be held the week prior on Friday, April 25, 2014. New Orleans’ premier benefit event for children of all ages transforms Audubon Zoo into a magical play land.The Patron Party begins at 5:00 p.m. with exclusive admission to the Regions Bank VIP Hospitality Tent. Early admission starts at 5:30 p.m., general admission starts at 6:30 p.m. and the party continues until 9 p.m. Live entertainment on the Capital One Main Stage will be provided by the Super Stars and guests will enjoy beverages and snacks, giant inflatables, arcade games, magicians, strolling performers, face painters, sing-along groups, games and crafts. The performance lineup also includes the Muggivan School of Irish Dance in the Princess Play Land, the WTUL Kids Show with Chris Trochez in Cooper Plaza and Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Sounds in the Toddler Area.
Special rates are available for Audubon members, starting at $110 for Whitney Zoo-To-Do and $20 for Kids Zoo-To-Do. Please visit the website to purchase tickets or call (504) 861-6160 for more information. Tickets will be available for purchase online on the day of each event, but no tickets will be sold at the gate for either event.
Proceeds from 2014 Zoo-To-Do events will be used to underwrite Gator Run, Audubon Zoo’s new lazy river attraction set to open in 2015.
The not-for-profit Audubon Nature Institute operates parks and museums in New Orleans dedicated to Celebrating the Wonders of Nature: Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Park and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.