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City of Santa Ana

Community: Santa Ana Zoo’s Zoofari 2016 “Year of the Monkey” Gala Black-Tie Fundraiser — Tickets Now on Sale

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), a non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its 24th annual Zoofari “Year of the Monkey” gala fundraising event. Tickets sales and media and sponsorship opportunities are now generally available to the public for purchase online or by calling (714) 953-8555 x10.

Tickets to this exclusive black-tie, fundraising gala under the stars are $300 each. Private tables for 10 are available for $3,000 each. Space is limited. Guests must purchase tickets and tables in advance of the event. The annual gala will take place Saturday, August 27 from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park, located at 1801 East Chestnut Avenue in Santa Ana.

Zoofari 2016 (400x300)

With an expected attendance of more than 400 guests, each ticket to the glamorous Zoofari event includes valet parking service underwritten by Tudor House Productions, a first-class dining experience catered by Parties by Panache, and a hosted bar including a special signature drink, “Rickshaw Ricky.” Partygoers will enjoy a “Year of the Monkey” themed photo op and décor by R.W.B. Party Props, dancing to live music, and an opportunity to bid on unique baskets, artwork, and specialties such as a once-in-a-lifetime experience riding on the Goodyear Blimp during its final year! The event’s live and silent auctions will be hosted by renowned auctioneer Glen Fladeboe.

Honorees this year are FOSAZ Board Members Howard and Karin Hall, who have been instrumental to the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo since 1992. Together, Howard and Karin have orchestrated Eagle Scout projects that have changed the face of the Zoo, participated on the Board in many activities and special events, and helped bring the largest revenue generators to the Zoo: its family friendly rides.

“Zoofari has and will continue to play an integral role in raising the funds needed for all the special projects and improvements going on here at our favorite community Zoo including educational programs, breaking ground on new animal habitats, tackling important conservation initiatives, introducing new rides, and upgrading service facilities for our guests to use and enjoy,” says Cathi Decker, event host and Executive Director of FOSAZ.

“Zoofari is a first-class fundraising event that demonstrates the love and investment the local community, surrounding businesses and FOSAZ have for the Zoo,” says David Exline, President of the FOSAZ Board. “2016’s “Year of the Monkey” gala promises to be another endearing and festive evening our guests will cherish and a night of giving that will have a lasting and positive impact on the Santa Ana Zoo for years to come.”

To find out more about the 2016 “Year of the Monkey” gala, discuss potential sponsorship opportunities, or to reserve seats and purchase tickets, call (714) 953-8555 x10 or visit

The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 260 animals, including 60 of the most interesting and engaging monkeys and several endangered species, like the golden lion tamarins. The Zoo is open daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Conservation Carrousel Rides are $3 each, Zoofari Express Train Rides are $4 each, and combo tickets are $6 each. Children under 2 are free to ride with paid adult on the Train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free.

To become a Member of the Zoo, please call (714) 953-8555 x13. The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is located at 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

For more information call 714-836-4000 or visit our website at: You can also follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook, or discover us on Instagram.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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