Zoobilee 2016 – Octopus’s Garden Gala

zoobilee1Over 600 guests tasted amazing small bites from local restaurants and sips from local craft brewers and a winery during the Gala and Twilight Stroll. This year’s event focused on the role that Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium plays in the world of conservation locally and globally.

Entertainment was provided by Animate Objects, including a stilt-walking jelly-fish, dancing lighted “ray,” and an octopus-inspired contortionist. Live music from Freddy Pink and DJ by Levi Harshman rang out in the plaza and Animal Avenue lounge during the Twilight Stroll.

In total $379,000 was raised from Zoobilee. This year, the raise-the-paddle focused funds for PDZA’s Dr. Holly Hogan Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund.