News Release

July 31, 2013
                    Contact: Sondra Katzen
                                  Public Relations
Wines in the Wild Fundraiser at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, Ill.—Enjoy exquisite wines, scotch, and craft beer at the Wines in the Wild fund-raising event at Brookfield Zoo on Sunday, September 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The annual function, which will be held in the zoo’s Pavilions, is hosted by the Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society.
During the tasting, themed “Swinging from the Vines,” guests will be able to sample more than 80 international and domestic wines provided by the evening’s purveyor, Prestige Countryside Liquors. A variety of delectable hors d’oeuvres prepared by the zoo’s executive chef will accompany the spirits.
The fundraiser will also have silent and live auctions featuring fabulous bidding items such as a 2014 Kentucky Derby package that includes airfare, hotel, and tickets to the Derby for two; a 2014 Daytona 500 package for four that includes airfare, hotel, suite and pit passes, and a chance to meet Peak’s No. 15 car drive Clint Bowyer, as well as Michael Waltrip and members of his racing team; jewelry courtesy of A. Marek Fine Jewelry; Beyoncé concert tickets; Chicago Blackhawks tickets; and what is sure to be a memorable trip to California’s wine country.
Proceeds from Wines in the Wild will benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s animal programs, science education programs for children and teachers, community outreach events, annual scholarships, and local and international conservation programs.
The cost is $100 per person, which includes the tasting, zoo admission, parking, and a commemorative wine glass. Additionally, there will be a VIP Hour from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. that will give wine enthusiasts the opportunity to sample exclusive wines not available during the main event as well as a chance to get up close and meet some of Brookfield Zoo’s animals, including a two-toed sloth and wallaby. Choose from the $1,000 VIP Gorilla Package for six tickets, the $500 VIP Orangutan Package for two tickets, or the $275 VIP Chimpanzee Package for one ticket.
To register for the event or for more information, visit or call (708) 688-8393.
The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society supports community outreach, such as school sponsorships, and provides financial assistance for animal care, conservation programs, and special projects. This Board has supported Brookfield Zoo since 1992, and its membership of approximately 85 women represents the entire Chicago area.
The Chicago Zoological Society inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for Brookfield Zoo's innovative, naturalistic, multispecies exhibits and for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation.
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