Zoo Waltz a Wild Success

AFRICAN DRUMS: Enjoying the music of Dredd Drum at the 2005 Tulsa Zoo Waltz on the Wild Side are, from left, Mike Elvir, former Board Chairman for Tulsa Zoo Friends; Sondra Elvir; Mary Collins, Executive Director, Tulsa Zoo Friends; Karen Walker, and Stephen Walker, Tulsa Zoo Director. They were among attendees at the 15th annual Waltz on the Wild Side.

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The event’s success and popularity was due in large part to the committed community volunteers that made up the committee. This year’s committee chair person was Shelley Denny, Controller for Home Health Care of Oklahoma, and her husband Dr. Raymond Denny.

The 2005 Waltz event was an evening filled with live entertainment (growling tigers, chirping parrots, barking sea lions and shrieking chimps added to the ambiance), tunes from the band Stars, of Oklahoma City, and Dredd Drum – an African music and dance troupe that provided visitors with a taste of Africa.

Fabulous fare was served from 34 of Tulsa’s finest dining establishments. Food ranged from barbecue to sushi and everything in between – foods offered satisfied the “wildest” of appetites.

Waltz, an acronym for We All Love the Tulsa Zoo, began in 1990. Current Tulsa Zoo Friends executive director Mary Collins spearheaded the inaugural event. It has grown in size and popularity from 350 guests to approximately 1,000 guests in recent years. This year’s Waltz event raised more than $100,000. Proceeds from the event will fund the Growing Wild Capital Campaign that will include a number of exhibit renovations.

Updated 07-25-2005

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