Roger Williams Park Zoo celebrates Zoobilee! “Feast with the Beasts” Fundraiser, June 28

Roger Williams Park Zoo celebrates Zoobilee! “Feast with the Beasts” Fundraiser, June 28

Event to Feature Culinary Delights from Area’s Best Restaurants, Live Entertainment; Companion Online Auction Featuring Unique Items and Experiences Open for Bidding Now

Providence, R.I. – Tickets are now on sale for “the wildest party of the year” – Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual fundraising bash, Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts. This year’s Feast with the Beasts, to be held Saturday, June 28th from 7 to 11 p.m., is set to feature fine food and drink from dozens of southern New England’s best restaurants, as well as live music and other fun entertainment, all in the unique and beautiful setting of the Zoo at twilight. As part of the Zoobilee! fundraiser, the Zoo is also hosting an online auction now through June 30th, with a wide variety of unique items and experiences up for bid. Please note that the Zoo will be closing to the public at 2 p.m. the day of Zoobilee! to prepare for the event, with last admission at noon.

Zoobilee! partygoers will feast on fine food and drink from local favorites such as Hemenway’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Not Your Average Joes, Starbucks, P.F. Chang’s, Aspire Seasonal Kitchen, Orange Leaf, Sweet Indulgence, Catering by Dave’s Marketplace and many more. Zoo-themed martinis will be shaken and stirred at the popular “Zootini Bar” by premier beverage sponsor Douglas Wine and Spirits.

Alex and Ani and Charity by Design are creating a custom bangle for Roger Williams Park Zoo to introduce our partnership. This special bangle will debut exclusively for Zoobilee! guests. Alex and Ani will have their popular bangle bar at the event for guests to be the first to purchase this wild new charm. A portion of the proceeds will support the Zoo’s education and conservation efforts.

The night’s entertainment is set to include live music by the acclaimed World Premier Band, back by popular demand, as well as Farm Dog, a band comprised of Zoo employees. Ethereal performance artists from Ten31 Productions will also be on grounds, and some of the Zoo’s education animals will make special appearances during the night.

In addition to the festivities scheduled for the night of the event, the Zoo is also hosting a Zoobilee! auction exclusively online, now through June 30th.  The auction will offer over 200 items up for bid at a great value, from priceless Zoo experiences to N.E. Patriots tickets, sports memorabilia and outings, airline tickets, getaways, theater tickets, unique entertainment packages and more. Visit and click on “bid” to browse and bid in the auction through June 30th.

Last year’s Zoobilee! raised over $260,000 in proceeds for the Zoo; the event has raised over $4.5 million since its inception in 1991.  The funds generated help underwrite the Zoo’s award-winning environmental education and conservation programs. These programs include the conservation of threatened and endangered species in New England and around the world, and important community outreach efforts, such as the Zoomobile, which bring science and environmental education to tens of thousands of local school-aged children and other participants per year.

Zoobilee! is supported by sponsorships and contributions from a number of area businesses, charitable organizations and individuals. A committee of community leaders, led by Chair Pat Wholey, President and General Manager of WPRI 12, Fox Providence, and myRITV, have come together to help make this year’s event a success. 

Tickets to the over-21 event are $125 per person for non-members and $100 per person for current Zoo members. Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $15,000 or more and include early admission tickets to the event as well as special recognition in Zoobilee! promotional materials. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, e-mail or call (401) 941-3910 x453. Tickets are limited and are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Due to the sale of alcoholic beverages, Zoobilee! is a 21 years of age and older event. Please note that the Zoo will be closing to the public at 2 p.m. the day of Zoobilee! to prepare for the event, with last admission at noon.

Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the nation, is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction and is also a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. The Zoo has received numerous awards for environmental education, and conservation work done locally and around the world, caring for species that without human intervention would face certain extinction. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.
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