Zoolala at the Indianapolis Zoo, Jan. 28, 2017
By Carla Knapp
INDIANAPOLIS — Guests will receive the royal treatment — enjoying fabulous foods, top-shelf drinks, live entertainment and more — as the Indy Zoo Council hosts Zoolala 2017: Party Like a King on Jan. 28, 2017, at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Tickets for this fifth-annual event are now on sale exclusively through the Indianapolis Zoo’s website. Zoolala provides the perfect opportunity for Central Indiana’s emerging and aspiring leaders to party with the purpose of supporting the Zoo’s animals and programs.
The lavish evening will begin with the VIP experience at 6:30pm in the Oceans building, where attendees can find the inspiration for this year’s theme: the king penguin. Attendees can also sip drinks, sample delicious fare and mingle among exhibits of stunning sea creatures including vibrant reef fish, mysterious rays and sharks, and playful sea lions. Additionally, VIP guests will have the chance to meet a penguin up close during exclusive animal keeper chats.
The party will shift to the Dolphin Gallery from 7:30pm to midnight for general admission guests to indulge on delicious foods created especially for the event by Zoo Executive Chef Joe Hsu as well as several of Indy’s top restaurants. Multiple open bars will serve beer, wine and cocktails throughout the evening, and attendees can dance the night away to live music by the Julia Kahn Band and DJ Lockstar.
The festivities will continue into the early morning hours with the official Zoolala After Party at Severin Bar. Plus, as the event’s official hotel partner, the Omni Severin Hotel is offering Zoolala guests a discounted room rate.
Tickets for Zoolala 2017 are $150 per person for general admission and $200 for VIP. Attire is black-tie and all guests must be at least 21 years old.
Founded in 2011, the Indy Zoo Council is comprised of emerging community leaders dedicated to supporting the Zoo and its mission of advancing animal conservation. As the Council’s signature event, Zoolala has raised more than $150,000 in four years to help fund the feeding and care of nearly 1,400 animals and 31,000 plants in the Zoo’s collection as well as its global animal conservation initiatives.