News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 4, 2018
Wines in the Wild Fundraiser at Brookfield Zoo to Benefit Conservation, Education, and Outreach Programs
            Brookfield, Ill.—The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society is hosting its annual Wines in the Wild fundraiser at Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center on Saturday, October 27, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. The evening themed “An Evening in Disguise,” will feature wines and champagnes from around the world provided by the event’s purveyor, Prestige Countryside Liquors.

Accompanying the wines will be delicious hors d’oeuvres, including four food stations where Brookfield Zoo’s executive chef and his staff will prepare exciting gourmet items. Guests who discover a new favorite wine will also be able to purchase individual bottles or cases. Ten percent of all proceeds from wine purchases during the evening will be donated back to Brookfield Zoo.

Throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets as well as bid on fantastic items being featured in a silent auction such as tickets to a Josh Groban and Idina Menzel concert at the United Center on November 6, 2018; tickets to Chicago Blackhawks games; choice of a dinner for 12 or a cocktail party for 20 at Brookfield Zoo, an exquisite piece of jewelry from A. Marek Fine Jewelry; and a “Day of Fun at the Zoo” featuring a behind-the-scenes tour and lunch for six guests.

Tickets are $120 per person, which includes the tasting, zoo admission, parking, and a commemorative wine glass. Additionally, there will be a VIP reception from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. that will give wine enthusiasts the opportunity to sample exclusive wines not available during the main event, plus a chance to meet some of Brookfield Zoo’s ambassador animals. Choose from the $1,200 VIP package for six tickets, the $500 VIP package for two tickets, or the $275 VIP package for one ticket.

Proceeds will benefit the Society’s animal programs, science education programs for children and teachers, community outreach events, annual scholarships, and local and international conservation programs. To register for “An Evening in Disguise” Wines in the Wild or for further information, visit or call (708) 688-8393.

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society supports community outreach, scholarships, and provides financial assistance for animal care, conservation programs, and special projects. This Board has supported Brookfield Zoo since 1992, with approximately 71 members from across the entire Chicago area.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities 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 its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31stStreet in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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