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Tulsa Zoo’s ‘WALTZ on the Wild Side’ a Success


A RED CARPET AFFAIR: From left, WALTZ co-chair Alan Johannsen, Tulsa Zoo President/CEO Terrie Correll and WALTZ co-chair Jackie Price on the red carpet enjoying an evening of old Hollywood style during the 28th annual WALTZ on the Wild Side held Friday, June 15, 2018.


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For one night only, the Tulsa Zoo’s feature presentation, WALTZ on the Wild Side, returned for an evening in old Hollywood style on June 15.

During the zoo’s 90th, or diamond anniversary, mingled among endangered Malayan tigers, snow leopards and Chinese alligators, knowing their supporting role makes exhibits like Lost Kingdom possible.

Zoo guests were invited to don their best safari black tie-optional or Hollywood glam apparel as the Tulsa Zoo rolled out the red carpet for an evening of local cuisine, cocktails and unique animal encounters.

Guests embarked on a culinary adventure and enjoyed samples of signature dishes from more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants beside habitats for ambassadors of some of Asia’s rarest species. Inside the Lost Kingdom exhibit complex, attendees discovered a cocktail tailored to their taste as well as other libations.

To beat the heat during the evening, cooling stations and fans were placed around the gala. Guests danced on an air-conditioned dance floor while they enjoyed live music from Professor D.

For the past 28 years, these exceptional WALTZ evenings have generated millions of dollars for many exhibits zoo guests know and love, including the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove, the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve and the Lost Kingdom exhibit complex.

“When I walk around the zoo and see WALTZ on the Wild Side plaques, showing how this fundraising event makes new exhibits possible, it fills my heart with joy,” said Special Events Manager Sarah Bowen. “The zoo offers a spectacular setting with great food, drinks and lively entertainment. It’s a big party that is making a big difference, helping build a bigger, better zoo.”

Standing for “We All Love the Tulsa Zoo,” WALTZ on the Wild Side benefits the zoo’s capital campaign, Building Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, which launched in 2012. Building Beyond supports the zoo’s 20-year master plan. In 2017, WALTZ raised more than $250,000 to build a bigger, better zoo.

Live music by Jason Swanson was offered inside the George Kaiser Family Foundations Rajan’s VIP-only section.

WALTZ 2018 was made possible by generous sponsors. Major sponsors included Hardesty Family Foundation, Harold and Edna White Charitable Foundation, John Steele Zink Foundation, Nabholz, and Senior Star.

Supporting Sponsors included Nanu and Frederic Dowart, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Magellan Midstream Partners, ONEOK, Osage Casino, Price Family Properties, Radiology Consultants of Tulsa, Hannah & Joe Robson, Andrew & Holly Ryan, Stava Building Corp, and Triple Crown Energy.

Updated 07-24-2018

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