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CINCINNATI –The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s annual black tie gala, Zoofari, has sold out for the first time in the event’s 28 year history. Presented by Great American Insurance Group, the event will be held Friday, September 24th, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Cincinnati Zoo.

  An ever-changing theme keeps Zoofari – the Zoo’s major fund-raising event – the premier gala of Cincinnati’s social scene. In addition to the Presenting Sponsor, Great American Insurance Group, the Zoo would like to thank all of the sponsors that made this record year possible including; Lexus, The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, Frisch’s Big Boy, Ross, Sinclair & Associates, LLC., Kroger, HGC and Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.

Zoofari: Journey to the Land of Dragons, chaired by Craig and Anne Maier, promises to be bigger and better than ever. Back by popular demand, guests will take a journey through the Zoo’s Historic Vine Street Village into the Land of the Dragons to celebrate the return of the Komodo dragon to the Cincinnati Zoo. The evening includes unique animal experiences, dinner by the bite from Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, specialty Zoofari cocktails, an amazing silent auction and live music from The Soul Pocket Band.

This year, guests can meet Cincinnati Bengals Linebacker and Conservationist Dhani Jones and even have the chance to dress like him, making a very Zoonique fashion statement with a one-of-kind animal bow tie. Each bow tie will sell for, what else, $57, to match Dhani’s jersey number. All proceeds from this specially designed, limited edition bow tie will benefit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 

Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 6 p.m. and dinner-by-the-bite begins at 7:45 p.m.  The Soul Pocket Band will take the stage at 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets cost $200 for Zoo Members and $250 for Non-Zoo Members. Table sponsorships start at $2,000.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 513-487-3328 or visit us online at www.cincinnatizoo.org.