New Orleans may be known for wild parties, but the wildest is one you won’t find anywhere near Bourbon St, French Quarter bars or other venues and events around town. The actual “wildest” party in the city takes place each year at the Audubon Zoo for its beloved annual fundraiser, Whitney Zoo-To-Do, held this year on Friday, May 1.
Whitney Zoo-To-Do has been showcasing the Audubon Zoo while offering endless entertainment for New Orleanians and visitors since 1972. The gala features a wealth of food, drinks, music and other fundraising events to benefit the zoo and its animals.
The actual Zoo-To-Do Gala is held on the Audubon Zoo Grounds from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. This year, the event will feature three stages of live music, including the headliner Downtown Fever and other talent like Bill Malchow & The Go-Cup All Stars, Heather and the Monkey King and Eastern Sunrise. The music keeps the crowd moving and dancing until the very last note.
When revelers want to grab a bite to eat, they can choose from over 70 famous local restaurants that offer delectable samples of their in-house and catering menus, including both local and international fare. The event also hosts more than 40 specialty and full-service cocktail bars that keep glasses full of high-class spirits and expertly crafted cocktails.
Whitney Zoo-To-Do also features other events tied into the affair, including the Lexus Vehicle Raffle, tickets for which cost $100 each to have the chance to win a 2015 Lexus NX200t, valued at more than $36,000. The gala also has a silent auction where attendees can bid on everything from vacations and jewelry to sports collectibles.
There is a Sponsor Party at the Jerome S. Glazer Audubon Tea Room, Garden and Patron Lounge and a Patron Party at the Patron Lounge and Patio, both of which are held from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. They are a special thank you to those who made the event possible and donated to the Audubon Zoo.
If you’re a fan of galas that benefit nonprofits, this is not one to miss on your next visit.