Zoo plans masquerade gala to pay for state’s first cheetah exhibit

July 27, 2010

By David Hayes

Love to dress up in costumes but can’t wait for Halloween? Want to get gussied up for an adults-only soiree? Want to help bring a new, exotic exhibit to the local zoo? Then here’s the event for you.

The Zoological Society of Washington and the Cougar Mountain Zoo present the 2010 Cheetah Masquerade Gala. Zoo Curator Robyn Barfoot said the goal is to raise $100,000 to be the first zoo in Washington to acquire two to three cheetahs and build a state-of-the-art exhibit. Barfoot said she hopes the gala gets them on their way toward that goal.

“Any dollar amount helps us,” she said. “We don’t want everyone to be afraid of that $100,000 number. Just $10 makes a difference.”

The ticket price of $165 to the gala, available to everyone 21 and over, includes the following amenities:

  • Champagne greeting
  • Live music
  • Gourmet catering of hors d’oeuvres and desserts
  • Fine wines and refreshments
  • Silent auction and raffle
  • Professional photographer
  • Fun activities indoors and out
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Special memory gift

Barfoot recommends attire that reflects the spirit of a masquerade and costume gala — come dressed in fun, elegant attire of any theme, with face masks that are hand held, attached or even painted on.

Barfoot said once funds are acquired, construction would ideally be complete on the new cheetah exhibit next spring. Realistically, she is looking more toward next fall or the spring of 2012.

If you go

Cheetah Masquerade Gala

5 p.m. Sept. 18

Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St.

Tickets cost $165 per person and are available at the zoo, by calling 392-6278, e-mailing rbarfootCMZ@aol.com or online at www.cougarmountainzoo.org.

David Hayes: Dhayes@isspress.com, 392-6434, ext. 237. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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