The Elmwood Park Zoo welcome special ticketed guests at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night to its annual Beast of a Feast event. The night, with a finely dressed zoo (not to mention its guests), is designed to raise funds for the annual operations of the zoo's animals, including their food and care.
To raise funds, tickets were sold for $88 per person, in honor of the zoo's 88th year in operation. Guests age 21 and over were permitted to graze along the paths of the animals' habitats right along with the creatures. Rubbing elbows with the Borough's finest philanthropists, some of the zoo's best animals while they wined and dined on Norristown's best restaurant foods.
Guests got to see, first-hand, zoo residents, including an owl, blue-tounged skink, a black vulture and an American alligator, all of which greeted them upon arrival.
Restaurants and food vendors, including Maggiano's , Seasons 52 , , Stella Blue/Gypsy Saloon, Boxcar Brewing, Gretz, , Via Venetos, Phamous Phil’s BBQ, Gino’s Ristorante, Talluto’s, Shop Rite and Di Bruno Bros., joined up with the Plus Three and Company party band, artist Jessie Reifsnyder and ice sculptor Rob Capone to make a magical night for the zoo’s guests.
There was also a silent and live auction to help raise funds for the animal’s care.
“Elmwood Park Zoo’s Beast of a Feast gala is a fundraiser that directly supports the care and feeding of our animal family, so your feast will help us feed our beasts,” said Heather Bendit, public relations director for the zoo.
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