Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts 2022 Program

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 to Roger Williams Park Zoo!



Dear Zoobilee Guests, Welcome to one of our favorite evenings of the year! Zoobilee is back just in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary and we have some fun in store for you. Strolling the Zoo under a lush canopy of green, sampling delicious food and drink, perhaps encountering an animal or two – and meeting up to chat with friends and listen to music – we think it is a grand way to kick off the summer. By special arrangement, we also have the Asian Lantern Spectacular fully lit just for you! We are so thankful to the more than 30 restaurants, caterers and beverage purveyors who support Roger Williams Park Zoo by donating their service and their wonderful food and drink. You get to enjoy a great party, too, and it all combines to advance the Zoo’s mission to conserve wildlife and wild places. You may already know the Zoo supports and participates in programs that protect giraffes in Kenya, frogs in Chile, fish in Peru, and tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, in addition to protecting native New England species right here in Rhode Island. What you might not know is that YOU are helping make that happen right now by joining us for Zoobilee. How does it feel to be a hero? On the next few pages of this program, you will find acknowledgments of this event’s sponsors, including BankRI, our presenting sponsor. It is a genuine privilege to work in a community that so highly prioritizes its zoo as an educational and recreational institution along with being an advocate for wildlife. We humbly thank our sponsors and hope you will do the same when you have an opportunity. Finally, it is a pleasure to give a shout-out to our event Chair, Nancy Allen and the Zoobilee Committee for their energy, creativity, and perseverance. Their hard work combined with that of the RWPZoo staff team have produced such a festive gathering for an important purpose. Roger Williams Park Zoo celebrates its 150th birthday this year, and Zoobilee is one of the many opportunities we will take to remember that. Please stay tuned and join us as we honor the Zoo’s roots, enjoy tonight’s blessings, and look forward to a bright and energetic future. Cheers!

Stacey Johnson RIZS Executive Director

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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Dear Friends, Our staff is ready, our grounds are ready, our animals are ready… Welcome back to Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts presented by BankRI. We are thrilled to see you back in-person to experience the natural wonder of Roger Williams Park Zoo as we join to celebrate our 30th Zoobilee for the first time in three years! We are truly excited to bring you the same great event that you’ve come to know and love, with a fresh new look. Indulge in delectable fine fare and refreshing drinks from the area’s best restaurant and beverage providers. Delight in the musical stylings by New England’s premiere party band Mystique and dance the night away. And journey through an awe-inspiring wonderland of handcrafted, silk-crafted lanterns aglow throughout the Zoo as Asian Lantern Spectacular shines bright all night long – lit exclusively for you, our Zoobilee guests! Best part of it all? Your attendance tonight helps support the Zoo’s world-class animal care, community education programs that inspire a connection to wildlife and wild places, and conservation initiatives here at home and across the globe. I would also like to take a moment to show our immense gratitude to those who made contributions to this beloved fundraiser including the participating restaurants and beverage providers who have graciously donated their food, drinks, and time during a year where many in the food industry have been deeply impacted. Many thanks to my fellow Zoobilee 2022 committee members, the Rhode Island Zoological Society Board of Trustees and all the organizations and individuals who have generously contributed to making this event a wild success. And last, but certainly not least, a heartfelt thank you to the incredible staff and passionate volunteers who dedicate their time and hard work to make this evening a fun and memorable experience for all. We appreciate the tremendous community support of this important fundraiser and our mission. On behalf of the whole Zoo family, welcome back and have a wild night! Warmest regards,

Nancy Allen Chair, Zoobilee 2022 P.S. The Zoo’s commitment to conserving wildlife and wild places starts with us, where we strive to use best practices to contribute to a healthier planet for all including this zero waste event. Please reuse your fork and take note of the composting bins available. Thank you for your positive impact on our ecosystems!

Main Program Upper Zoo/Entertainment Tent 7:45 – 8:15 p.m. • Danielle North, Michelle Muscatello – WPRI News Team • Stacey Johnson, RIZS Executive Director • Nancy Allen, Chair, Zoobilee

8:15 – 9:15 p.m. Mystique

9:45 – 10:55 p.m. Mystique

10:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Last Call – Only non-alcoholic beverages served 10:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Not To Be Missed 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Education Animal Encounters Sampling of Animal Exhibits open until dusk

Zoo-Wide Zoo-Wide

6:00 – 10:45 p.m. Wine & Beer Bazaar

Upper Zoo

Your Generous Support Makes a Difference! • engaging and educating the public • • bringing the wonder of wildlife to the community • • saving threatened and endangered species •




Janci Foundation

Sponsor listing as of 6/24/22



Jonathan & Maya Nelson

The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company

NorthEastern Consulting

Domenic & Sandy Coletta

Saccoccio & Associates Architects

Dimeo Construction Company Fastsigns First Hartford Realty Corporation

Pranzi Catering & Rentals

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance

H.P. & R. Co. Sponsor listing as of 6/24/22


NEC Solar

David Carlson & Tammie Griffin

Jane S. Nelson

Coastline Trust Company

Partridge, Snow & Hahn LLP

Meg Ferguson

Ron & Joanne Patalano

Pam & Bill Heffernan

U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting

Massage Envy Spa

Wave Federal Credit Union

Frank & Liz Mauran Miles River Direct

ZERO WASTE CRUSADERS Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Big Blue Bug Solutions

Donna Ottaviano, Ed.D, East Bay Educational Collaborative Pier Fish Company

The Bock Foundation Clean Water Adventures

Karen & Stephen Prest SDS Disposal Inc.

Eastern Ice Ferestein Feed + Farm Supply Inc.

Spirol International Corporation Brenda Szeliga

Jennifer & Brett Foster Gilbane Building Company

Warwick Mall David and Jill Wolff

Hilb Group

Woodlawn Gardens

Navigant Credit Union New England Fence Company

SPECIAL THANK YOU Rhode Island Zoological Society Staff Roger Williams Park Zoo Staff

Sponsor listing as of 6/24/22

! ATTENTION GUESTS: Photographs will be taken by Zoo staff during the course of the evening for use in future public relations materials such as our annual report, on-site event promotion posters, invitations, or on social media.

Thanks to these fabulous food and beverage providers! ADMISSION PLAZA (SERVING TIME 5:30-7:30PM)

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Little Rhody Foods / Del’s Lemonade


Chaska Kabob and Curry Legal Sea Foods Providence Bagel Rasa Rasoi Service System Associates Tavolo Wine Bar & Tuscan Grille The Original Italian Bakery Trinity Brewhouse Union Station Brewery


Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar Blaze Smith Hill Dolores Durk’s BBQ Edible Arrangements Granny Squibb’s Organic Iced Tea Island Time Catering Co. KG Kitchen Bar Mill’s Tavern Restaurant Ohana Backyard BBQ Red Stripe Restaurant Res American Bistro Sam’s New York System Service System Associates TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill XACO TACO

DESSERTS & COFFEE D’s Lectables GG’s Pretzels Gregg’s Restaurants Sarcastic Sweets Service System Associates Starbucks Coffee Company Under The Willow Bakery

BEVERAGE PROVIDERS Douglas Wine & Spirits Eastern Ice Granny Squibb’s Organic Iced Tea Pepsi Bottling Company Pure Beverage Systems

DRINK TICKETS - $3 EACH 1 ticket 2 tickets 3 tickets

Soda/Bottled Water Beer/Wine Zootinis & Mixed Drinks

Don’t miss out!

Bid on these exciting items! SPORTS

2 Tickets to See a NE Patriots Preseason Game! VALUE: $200

Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves - 2 Field Box Seats VALUE: $200

4 Club Level Tickets to see the New England Revolution VALUE: $400

PC Friars Gear Package and Tickets! VALUE: $460

Visit & Bid



A Behind the Scenes Private Tour of the 2022 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular for 10 VALUE: PRICELESS

A VIP Tour of Roger Williams Park Zoo and Lunch with the Executive Director VALUE: PRICELESS

An Original Elephant Painting VALUE: PRICELESS

A Behind-the- Scenes VIP Elephants Encounter VALUE: PRICELESS


One week stay in Lake Buena Vista, Florida! VALUE: $1,893

One-Night Mohegan Sun Getaway VALUE: $300

Don’t miss out!

Bid on these exciting items! GET-AWAY

Family Cape Cod Get-Away - One Night VALUE: $299

One Night Stay at Weekapaug Inn with Breakfast VALUE: $700


VIP Private Tour of Mystic Aquarium VALUE: $1,450

2 One-Day Passes to Story Land! VALUE: $110

Afternoon Tea and Shopping Spree in Wickford Village! VALUE: $116

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Tour for Four VALUE: $160

What you need to know: WINE & BEER BAZAAR Help support the Zoo and purchase a wine bottle or a six pack of beer with a surprise gift certificate valued at $25 or more


There’s still time to bid! The online auction is open for bidding until Monday, June 27, 12:00 p.m. Visit biddingforgood.com/ rwpzooauction

Look for complimentary water stations throughout the Zoo.

Buy your drink tickets before heading to the Zootini bar!

Don’t forget to save room for desserts near the gift shop

Last Call is at 10:30pm Stop by the American Association of Zookeepers booth to learn more about its mission to advance professional animal care and Don’t forget conservation.

to try a Rhode Island Iced Tea!

2022 Zoobilee Online Auction and Wine & Beer Bazaar Donors PRESENTED BY:

Thank you to the following friends who generously donated unique items for this year’s online auction and wine/beer bottle bazaar. A.B. Munroe Dairy, Inc.

Teresa A. Crean

Alayna Paquette Illustrations

Daniel Doke Photography

Nancy J. Allen

Dave & Buster’s of Providence


Dave’s Marketplace


Denver Zoo

Asia Grille Restaurant


Audubon Society of Rhode Island

D’s Lectables

Bally’s Twin River Lincoln

Durk’s Bar-B-Q

The Barking Lot


Bayside Resort

Edible Arrangements

Beasley Media Group

Endicott Dance

Beef Barn

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

BENEFITNESS Pilates Studio and Training Center


Binnsy Boutique

Mathew Ferreira

The Block Island Ferry Block Island Ghost Tours Bradford Portraits Bronca Ponchos Cabot Creamery Cooperative Cape Codder Resort & Spa Capital Genealogy Cardi’s Furniture Co. Carl M. Freeman Companies Charles Riverboat Company Chow Fun Food Group The Coast Guard House Restaurant Elizabeth Collins Sandra L. & Domenic M. Coletta Comcast

Feast & Fettle Festival Ballet Providence The Flatbread Company Fontaine Organizing Foxwoods Resort & Casino Frances Fleet Funtown Spashdown USA Gamm Theatre Garden City Center The George The Granny Squibb Company HAWKHOUSE Hawthorne Hotel Pamela & Bill Heffernan Henry Bear’s Park

The auction is open until Monday, June 27 at 12:00pm. Visit biddingforgood.com/rwpzooauction to place your bid!

The House of the Seven Gables

Passion for Pumpkins

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Peabody Essex Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Jacki Easlick

Pink Parasol Boutique

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

Providence Bagel

KG Kitchen

Providence College

Kimberli Fine Portraits

Providence Performing Arts Center

King Richard’s Faire

Quality Rental Centers Inc

La Gondola Providence

Queen Bean Coffee Company

Legal Sea Foods

Rejects Beer Company

Lisa Mackey Design

Rhode Island Monthly

The Lobster Pot

Rhode Island Spirits


RISD College of Continuing Education

The Mark Twain House & Museum

Rock Spot Climbing Gym

Mary Originals

Liz Rollins Mauran & Frank Mauran

Massage Envy Spa

Ross-Simons Jewelers

Mastery Martial Arts

Sam’s New York System

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Sarcastic Sweets

Karen Melo

Pamela Seaman

Mill’s Tavern Restaurant

Shaw’s - Albertson’s

Mohegan Sun

Signature Printing, Inc.

Mulligan’s Island Golf & Entertainment Center

Sin Desserts

Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration Mystic Seaport Museum Naples Zoo

Sky Zone Stop & Shop Studio B Salon Sunshine Joy Swan Boats of Boston

Skip Neumann New England Revolution Charitable Foundation

Sweet Marie’s Tea Cottage Tavern by the Sea

New England Wild Flower Society

Tavolo Wine Bar & Tuscan Grille

Newport Art Museum

Theatre By The Sea

Newport Harbor Corporation

TNP Woodworks

Newport Playhouse

Torre Restaurant Group

Newport Vineyards

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Norman Bird Sanctuary

TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill

Not Your Average Joe’s

Wicks and Sticks RI

Ocean House

David & Jill Wolff

Ocean State Laundry

Woodlawn Gardens


Wright’s Dairy Farm Inc.

O’Rourke’s Bar & Grill

Yip Fitness

The auction is open until Monday, June 27 at 12:00pm. Visit biddingforgood.com/rwpzooauction to place your bid!

Thank You for Your Support! We are grateful for your presence tonight. It is through your support at events like Zoobilee, that the Zoo is able to contribute to the conservation of our earth’s animals and natural resources. Because of YOU this year we are able to: • Create memories for nearly 835,000 guests. • Provide exceptional medical care to over 800 Zoo animals. • Share the importance of wildlife conservation with thousands of students who come on field trips, engage with the Zoomobile, partake in virtual programming or participate in internships. • Provide curriculum appropriate environmental science programming to over 150 schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. • Save animals both locally and globally including the American burying beetle, New England Cottontail, red wolf, Matschie’s tree kangaroo and snow leopard. Thanks to you, Roger Williams Park Zoo continues to instill a sense of wonder and caring for the natural world in all those who visit.

celebrating zootini bar Here’s your once-a-year chance to enjoy a refreshing Zoothemed cocktail! All proceeds from the Zootini Bar (and all Zoobilee bars) benefit the Roger Williams Park Zoo. So, have a great time (responsibly) while helping out a worthy cause. Donated by Douglas Wine & Spirits

wine & beer bazaar Purchase a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer for $35 and win a gift certificate guaranteed to be valued at $25. But most are worth much more! Do you want to win a gift certificate to area restaurants, tickets to local attractions, spa treatments and more? Then pick up a bottle or a six-pack (or two) to win!

groove to the music of


Put on your boogie shoes and dance the night away! Named Boston A-List’s Best Wedding Band of 2014, Mystique likes to party and it shows. They play a wide variety of music with a high energy performance that you won’t soon forget!

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