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Let the Good Times Roar During WALTZ on the Wild Side Presented by Nabholz

Tulsa Zoo Hosts 29th Annual Fundraising Gala

TULSA, Okla. (May 15, 2019) – The Tulsa Zoo’s signature fundraiser, WALTZ on the Wild Side presented by Nabholz, will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, June 21. This special event will feature cuisine from 40 of the finest area restaurants, and offer guests an opportunity to experience unique animal encounters.

The zoo krewe will Let the Good Times Roar during the 29th year of this annual event. Guests 21-and-above will mingle among endangered Malayan tigers, snow leopards and Chinese alligators inside the Lost Kingdom, knowing this big party is making a big difference.

Zoo guests are invited to turn up the volume and don their best safari black tie-optional or masquerade apparel as the Tulsa Zoo leads a jazz parade of local cuisine, cocktails and unique animal encounters.

Guests will embark on a culinary adventure and enjoy samples of signature dishes from more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants beside habitats for ambassadors of some of Asia’s rarest species. Inside the Lost Kingdom exhibit complex, attendees will discover a cocktail tailored to their taste as well as other libations, including premium beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

To beat the heat during the evening, cooling stations and fans will be placed around the gala. Party-goers will dance in a live music masquerade, led by Professor D, on the air-conditioned dance floor inside the H.A. Chapman Event Lodge.

For the past 29 years, these exceptional WALTZ evenings have generated millions of dollars for many exhibits zoo guests know and love, including the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove, the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve and the Lost Kingdom exhibit complex.

“Lost Kingdom was the first major exhibit of the Tulsa Zoo’s master plan, and is a spectacular setting for the restaurant hours,” said WALTZ Committee Co-Chair Shane Fernandez. “Thanks to events like WALTZ, the zoo is being re-built for the animals, staff and guests. We are excited to support creating new animal habitats.”

Standing for “We All Love the Tulsa Zoo,” WALTZ on the Wild Side presented by Nabholz will benefit the zoo’s capital campaign, Building Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, which launched in 2012. Building Beyond supports the zoo’s 20-year master plan. In 2018, WALTZ raised more than $200,000 to build a bigger, better zoo.

VIP tickets are available for individuals, offering exclusive access to two air-conditioned VIP areas serving premium cocktails. Experience live music by Jason Swanson inside the George Kaiser Family Foundations Rajan’s VIP-only section.

WALTZ on the Wild Side is a 21-and-up event. Individual tickets are $175 for Tulsa Zoo members and $200 for not-yet-members. Individual VIP tickets are $350. Sponsorships are available, starting at $3,000. Visit or call (918) 669-6614 for more information.

Please note: The Zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m to accommodate set-up.

WALTZ 2019 would not be possible without our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Nabholz

Major Sponsors are: Hardesty Family Foundation, Harold and Edna White Charitable Foundation, John Steele Zink Foundation, and Senior Star.

Supporting Sponsors are: The Bailey Family, Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers PLLC, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., LandPlan Consultants, Osage Casino & Hotel, Lynn & Barbara Owens, Radiology Consultants of Tulsa, Hannah & Joe Robson, TTCU Federal Credit Union, Tulsa World Media Company, and Staghorn Petroleum.

Associate Sponsors are: Jim & Susannah Adelson, Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa, LLC., Anderson Hutchison Family, Bank of Oklahoma, Capital Advisors Inc., Claremont Corporation, Cox Communications, GableGotwals, Jenny & David Lamb, Adam & Bertie Lesher, Magellan Midstream Partners, Oklahoma Chiller Corporation, ONEGas, The Oxley Foundation, Price Family Properties, Sandy & John Stava, Kari & Ed Taylor, Western Specialty Contractors, and World Travel Service