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Zoo’s annual Jungle Party raised $1.5 million

Woodland Park Zoo’s 35th annual Jungle Party fundraiser last Friday raised $1.5 million – nearly $70,000 more than its goal.

Performers with Versatile Arts in Phinney Ridge entertained the Jungle Party crowd. Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

From the press release:

Seattle Sounders FC co-owners, film producer and director Joe Roth and Adrian Hanauer, served as co-chairs of this year’s Jungle Party, themed “Animal All-Stars,” to commemorate the 1,000 animal conservation ambassadors living at the zoo. With celebrity Drew Carey headlining the evening’s jungle humor, more than 800 civic-minded business and community leaders converged on the North Meadow to raise funds for exemplary animal care, engaging education programs and wildlife conservation projects around the world and locally.

In the live auction, three Joe Roth movie experiences sparked ferocious bidding, raising $90,000 alone. Other top-selling items included a Georgia Gerber bronze sculpture that sold for $17,000 and an Alaska tugboat experience for two that went for $10,000.

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