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Tulsa Zoo Invites Guest to WALTZ on the Wild Side

Tickets are now available for the Tulsa Zoo’s signature fundraiser, WALTZ on the Wild Side. The event, set for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20, at the zoo, will feature cuisine from 40 of the finest area restaurants, and offer guests an opportunity to experience unique animal encounters.

Guests this year will WALTZ on the Prehistoric Side, a theme that combines both the elegance of the 1920s and the adventures of days when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The zoo and its temporary dinosaur exhibit, Zoorassic Park, will transform into the roaring ’20s, complete with swanky decor and jazz singers in a toast to an era of art deco, urbanization and flappers.

Guests can refill their drinks at multiple drink stations, where they can enjoy a cocktail from the days of the speakeasy. To beat the heat during the evening, cooling stations and fans will be placed around the gala. Guests can take part in the Charleston on an air-conditioned dance floor, while they enjoy live music from Professor D.

Standing for ‘We All Love the Tulsa Zoo’, WALTZ on the Wild Side 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. WALTZ 2013 raised $210,000 for the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve, scheduled to open this fall.

In the past 24 years, these exceptional WALTZ evenings have generated millions of dollars for 15 exhibits that zoo guests know and love, including the Chimpanzee Connection, Elephant Demonstration Yard and Helmerich Sea Lion Cove.

WALTZ on the Wild Side is a 21-and-up event. Individual tickets for this year’s event start at $125 for Tulsa Zoo Friends Members and $150 for not-yet-members. Sponsorships are available, starting at $1,000. To purchase tickets, click here. To learn more about WALTZ, click here or call 918-669-6608.

The Tulsa Zoo will be closed on Friday, June 20, to prepare for this event.

WALTZ 2014 would not be possible without our generous sponsors: Major Sponsors are Jill & Robert Thomas, John Steele Zink Foundation, Frank & Gayle Eby and Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company.

Supporting Sponsors are Flintco and Tulsa Community Foundation, Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers, Melanie & Lex Anderson, Lynn & Barbara Owens, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Unit Corporation, The Bailey Family, Bank of Oklahoma, Hannah & Joe Robson, Radiology Consultants of Tulsa, John & Lesa Smaligo, Capital Advisors, Inc., Apache Corporation, Mike & Kristi Miers, ONEOK, John & Sandy Stava and Susan & William Thomas.

Associate Sponsors are The Cuesta Foundation, Kent & Sandy Harrell, PGAV Destinations, Barrow & Grimm P.C., Ranch Acres Wine and Spirits, Osage Casino, Williams, Melanie & Michael Yaffe, Crafton Tull, Hartog Kallenberger Swarthout CPAs, Waters Charitable Foundation, Nabholz, Jim & Susannah Adelson, Selser Schaefer Architects, Key Construction and Ed & Kathy Leinbach, Tedford Insurance, Facchianos Bridal and Formal Attire and Mary Adeline Miller.

Patron Sponsors are THEWAY Corp., Grigsby’s Carpet and Tile, Ernst & Young, Phillips + Bacon Consulting Engineers, BancFirst, Kelsie Wells and The Gotwals Group, Anchor Paint Manufacturing and Bentrei, Ltd.

Special thanks to Restaurant Tray Sponsor, Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

The Tulsa Zoo would like to acknowledge WALTZ on the Wild Side’s 2014 committee chairs, Mike & Kristi Miers.