Zoobilee! Party with a Purpose 2024 Program

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Welcome to Zoobilee! Party with a Purpose. You are joining us for a Roger Williams Park Zoo tradition that looks to the future; and we promise you a buzzing, flapping, roaring good time once again. As you explore the beautiful grounds, discovering updated and new animal habitats, visiting with friends, moving to some groovy beats and reveling in delicious food and drink, you can take pride in supporting an organization that knows how to have a good time while it also does good work!

With more than a century and a half of offering Providence a respite from the hustle of urban life through engaging wildlife experiences, your zoo continues to bring the wonders of nature to our own doorstep and to conduct meaningful conservation work that helps protect wild places and animals in Rhode Island and at the far corners of the globe. Just ask anyone you see in a zoo shirt tonight. They will probably have a story to tell!

Roger Williams Park Zoo is also an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, whose accreditation program is known worldwide to be the ‘gold standard.’ Undergoing a rigorous preparation, inspection and peer review process every five years we can proudly claim to be in the top ten percent of more than 2,500 facilities that present animals to the public in the United States and twelve other countries.

The zoo is a treasure not just for Rhode Islanders but has become a destination for visitors throughout New England. Your support tonight is critical to our success and the accolades and work we accomplish are thanks to supporters like you.

We are grateful to the restaurants, caterers and beverage purveyors who support Roger Williams Park Zoo by donating their service, delectable food and beverages. Their partnership makes it possible for you to enjoy a great party, and it all combines to advance the zoo’s mission that includes helping local people protect rainforest in Perú, elephants in Botswana and – no kidding! –endangered beetles in Rhode Island.

Bank RI is our presenting sponsor tonight, for the 5th year, along with a stellar group of contributors. Please join us in thanking them for their support. It is privilege to work in a community that clearly prizes its zoo, joining with us to advance education, recreation and conservation missions. We humbly thank our sponsors and hope you will do the same.

Finally, an enthusiastic shout-out goes to our event co-chairs Pamela Heffernan and Cheryl Cohen and the Zoobilee Ambassadors for their energy, creativity and perseverance. Their hard work combined with that of the RWPZoo staff has once again produced a festive gathering for an important purpose. Well done, Team!


Greetings Zoobilee Supporters and Guests!

Thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate Zoobilee – Party with a Purpose!

Each year we look forward to welcoming guests to spend this special summer evening here at the Zoo. As you enjoy samples from top restaurants, drinks, and dancing tonight don’t forget to also look around at the amazing changes that are happening here. As you entered the main gate, the new Savanna Trail features our new African aviary and serval habitat.

We are excited for you to treat yourself to delicious food and refreshing beverages provided by over 35 of the finest local restaurants and caterers. Renowned dance band Mystique is back once again as our headlining performer, and we have a live animal encounter planned to showcase our mission in action. There’s still time to bid in our online auction. Be sure to check it out and bid on a variety of exciting packages including unique Zoo experiences, weekend getaways, gourmet foods, jewelry, and much, much more. Visit rwpzoo.org and click on the Zoobilee auction.  The auction will be open until July 1st!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, BankRI and all the generous companies and individuals who contribute to the success of the event.  All proceeds from the evening will help support the Zoo’s mission of education and conservation locally, nationally, and around the globe.

Many thanks to fellow Zoobilee Event Ambassadors, RI Zoological Society Board of Trustees and all the companies, organizations, and individuals who have generously contributed to Zoobilee, including the participating restaurants who have donated their delicious food, time and staff on a busy Saturday night.

Thank you also to the Zoo staff, animal keepers, and volunteers who commit their time and hard work to make the evening a fun and safe experience for everyone. Together, you help make this one of the biggest and best parties around.

And tonight, we also celebrate you, our guests, who continue to make this event so wildly successful. Thank you again, and we hope you enjoy the evening! Cheers,

Program of EventsMain Stage & Upper Zoo

8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Gather Under the Tent -

Get ready for an exciting encounter with several of our amazing animals!


• Kait Walsh and Melissa Sardelli –WPRI Morning Team

Exclusive Live Animal Presentation:

Up Close and Personal

• Stacey Johnson, RIZS Executive Director

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Dance Party with Mystique

Enjoy a vibrant mix of music and dance!

10:00 – 10:55 p.m.

Dance Party Continues with Mystique

Keep the party going with more great tunes!

10:30 p.m.

Last Call at Upper Zoo Bars

Don’t miss out on your final chance to grab a Zootini!

10:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Last Call at Upper Zoo Bars

Events Not To Be Missed!

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Extraordinary Rendition Band

-Enjoy lively music as you enter the Zoo!

Animal Encounters -

Meet our fascinating animals up close in the Lower Zoo!

Natural Encounters Bird Presentation

Experience the wonders of our feathered friends!

Step & Repeat

Capture an Instagram-worthy moment near our new serval exhibit! Tag us #RWPZOO

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Animal Encounters

More opportunities to interact with animals Zoo-Wide!

6:00 – 10:45 p.m.

Wine & Beer Bazaar

It’s your chance to take home an incredible prize. Grab one before they’re gone!

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

360° Photobooth

Try a unique photo experience near the Main Bar!

7:00 – 7:45 p.m.

Up Close Animal Encounters

Get face-to-face with extraordinary creatures on the Faces of the Rainforest Plaza!

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Sponsor listing as of 6/21/24

Kenneth & Barbara Ruscetta

Bison Brigade

Tree Kangaroo Crew

Automatic Temperature Controls, Inc.

The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company

Domenic & Sandy Coletta

The Color House, Inc.

Dimeo Construction Company

Don Julio Tequila S

First Hartford Realty Corporation

Jonathan & Maya Nelson

Parsons Capital Management, Inc.

In Memory of Rocky, Brody, & Andromeda

Saccoccio & Associates Architects

Gibbon Gang

A.B. Munroe Dairy

Coastline Trust Company

David & Kelsey Coletta

Delta Dental of Rhode Island

DiSanto Priest Charitable Foundation

Pam & Bill Heffernan

Massage Envy

Miles River Direct

Jack Murray & Lynn Morgan

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Ron & Joanne Patalano

Rhode Island Football Club

SDS Disposal, Inc.

SSA Group

The Stoico / FIRSTFED Foundation

Mary B. “Polly” Wall

Washington Trust

Tortoise Troop

Nancy J. Allen

Happy Birthday Jean Aubin

Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort

Big Blue Bug Solutions

Bock Foundation

Donna Welk Cameron Gricus

Cherry Chun

Deal Electric LLC

Sarah Denby

Eastern Ice

Cindy & Michael Erickson

EW Burman, Inc.

Meg Ferguson

Ferestien Feed & Farm Supply

Mr. & Mrs. John Forcino

Jennifer Foster

General Environmental Services, Inc.


Pier Fish Company

Lahlaf Geotechnical Consulting, Inc.

Kathryn Lewis

Liberty Cedar, Inc.

Lincoln Energy Mechanical Services, Inc.

Mather Rescue

Navigant Credit Union

Donna M. Ottaviano, Ed.D.

East Bay Educational Collaborative

Karen & Stephen Prest

Providence Periodontics

R.I. Container Products, Inc.

Roxanne Beretta, Realtor RE/MAX

Signature Printing


Storrens Consulting Corp.

Warwick Mall

David & Jill Wolff

Special Thank You

Rhode Island Zoological Society Staff

Roger Williams Park Zoo Staff

Sponsor listing as of 6/21/24

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!

Event Entry Area

(serving time 5:30-7:30pm)

High Noon / Fishers Island Lemonade

Little Rhody Foods / Del’s Lemonade

Kristi’s Kraftails

Massage Envy

R1 Indoor Karting

Lower Zoo

(serving time 6:00-8:30pm)

Hangry Kitchen

Kabob & Curry / Rasa / Rasoi / Chaska

Lake Taco

Lily’s Soups & Scoops

The Original Italian Bakery

SSA Group at Roger Williams Park Zoo


Trinity Brewhouse

Upper Zoo

(serving time 6:00-9:30pm)

Ceviches by Divino

Don Julio

Edible Arrangements

Fisher’s Island Lemonade / High Noon

GG’s Pretzels


Hill’s Home Market

Legal Sea Foods

Mare Rooftop

The Martucci Group featuring:

Besos, Chianti’s Catering, KAI,

Pasta Patch, Safehouse, The Trap

Brew Pub & Grill

Mill’s Tavern Restaurant

Neon Marketplace

PVD Noodle Bar

Red Stripe Restaurant

Res American Bistro

Shake Shack

Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill


Corner Market Café

Gregg’s Restaurants

Sarcastic Sweets

Starbucks Coffee Company

Three Wishes Bakery

Val’s English Tea & Pie Shop

Beverage Providers

Douglas Wine & Spirits

Eastern Ice

Pepsi Bottling Company

Drink Tickets - $4 each

1 ticket Soda/Bottled Water

2 tickets Beer/Wine/RTD Cocktails

3 tickets Zootinis & Mixed Drinks



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, July 1, 12:00 p.m. Visit biddingforgood.com/ rwpzooauction

Don’t forget to save room for desserts near the gift shop Last Call is at 10:30pm Buy your drink tickets before heading to the Zootini Cocktail Bar

Visit the new Dessert Bar Stop by the American Association of Zookeepers booth to learn more about its mission to advance professional animal care and conservation.

2024 Zoobilee Online Auction and Wine & Beer Bazaar Donors

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.

Alma Gaucha Prime Brazilian Steakhouse

Aloft Boston Seaport

Aloft Providence Downtown


Andino’s Restaurant

Apponaug Brewing Company

Audrain Automobile Museum

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Avon Cinema

Ballet RI

Bally’s Twin River Lincoln

Bayside Resort

Beans & Buns

BENEFITNESS Pilates Studio and Training Center


Binge BBQ

Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum

The Block Island Ferry

Block Island Inns

Block Island Resorts, Inc.

Blount Fine Foods

Boston College Athletic Department

Boston Red Sox

Bradford Portraits

Brewed Awakenings

Bromley Mountain

Buttonwoods Brewery

Cardi’s Furniture Co.

Carl M. Freeman Companies

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Catering by Dave’s Marketplace

CAV Restaurant

Cedarland Amazement Center

Charles Riverboat Company


The Cheesecake Factory

Christy’s Liquors

The Coast Guard House Restaurant

Coffee Connection

Coffee Exchange

Comedy Connection RI

Concord Museum


Daniel Doke Photography

Dave & Buster’s of Providence

The Discovery Museums

Douglas Wine & Spirits

Dunkin Donuts

Durk’s Bar-B-Q


Edible Arrangements


Elite Island Resorts

Elizabeth’s Portofino

Endicott Dance

Cindy M. Erickson and Michael Erickson

Escape Rhode Island

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

Feast & Fettle

Fleur Providence

Frances Fleet

The Freedom Trail Foundation

Friskie Fries

Gamm Theatre

Gasbarro’s Wines

GENTS Barbershop and Spa

Ghost Tours of Newport, RI

Golfer’s Warehouse


Grapes & Grains Fine Wine & Spirits

The Great Escape Room


The Grub Guru

The Guild Pawtucket

Hangry Kitchen

Hartford Yard Goats

Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

Hawthorne Hotel

Pamela & Bill Heffernan

Helado Taiyaki

Henry Bear’s Park

Homewood Suites by Hilton

The House of the Seven Gables

Hy-Line Cruises




India Restaurant

The Industrious Spirits Company

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

The Jefferson Speakeasy

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Kaplan Tutoring Services, Inc.

Kay’s Restaurant

Knight’s Liquor Warehouse

La Gondola Providence

Latte Love Coffeehouse

Leo’s Ristorante

Level 99

Leyden Farm Vineyard & Winery

Little Kids, Inc

Lizzie Borden House

Lotus Pepper


Dr. Francois Luks

The Malted Barley

Mare Rooftop

Maria’s Cucina

The Mark Twain House & Museum

Mary Originals

Massachusetts Audubon Society

Massage Envy Spa

Mastery Martial Arts

Meritage Restaurant

Monster Mini Golf

Montaup Country Club

Mulligan’s Island Golf & Entertainment Center

Mystic Seaport Museum

Narragansett Beer

Native Plant Trust

New England Revolution

Charitable Foundation

New Harvest Coffee Roasters

Newport Art Museum

Newport Creamery

The Newport Experience

Newport Harbor Corporation

Newport Playhouse

Newport Polo

Nick’s Pizza

Norman Bird Sanctuary

North Smithfield Liquor


Not Your Average Joe’s

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Town Trolley Tours

Omni Providence Hotel

O’Rourke’s Bar & Grill

Brad Pari, Realtor

Patriot Place

Pats Peak

Peabody Essex Museum

People’s Liquor Warehouse

Pepsi Bottling Company


Douglas Phillips

Pinkberry Garden City

Planning for Good

Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Poco Loco Tacos

Presto Strango

Providence Bruins

Providence Children’s Museum

Providence College

Providence Noodle Bar

Providence Performing Arts Center

Providence River Boat Company

PVD Food Truck Events

Quality Rental Centers Inc

Rack Room Shoes

Carol Rebussini

Red Stripe Restaurants

Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel

Rhode Island Comic Con

Rhode Island Football Club

Rhode Island Monthly

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School

Rhode Island Spirits

RISD Museum

Rock Spot Climbing Gym

Ross-Simons Jewelers

Rustigian Rugs

Salem Witch Museum

Salem Witch Village

George Salter

Sam’s New York System

Save The Bay, Inc.

Shannon View Inn

Shaw’s Sin Desserts

Snookers Sports Billiards Bar and Grill

Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Howl at the Moon

Springfield Museums

SSA Group

Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre

Story Land

Sundaes Ice Cream

Swan Boats of Boston

Sweenor’s Chocolates

Tavolo Wine Bar & Tuscan


Thames and Kosmos

Theatre By The Sea

Tiny Bar


Town Pizza

The Treehouse Tavern & Bistro

Treetop Adventures

Triggs Memorial Golf Course

Twin Oaks Restaurant

TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill

Uhlman’s Ice Cream

Val’s English Tea & Pie Shop

WaterFire Providence


The Westin Copley Place, Boston

Whisky Mentors

White Dog Distilling

Willow Tree

Wines & More

Wonderworks Orlando

Woodlawn Gardens Florist

Worcester Red Sox

WPRI 12 & Fox Providence

Wright’s Dairy Farm Inc.

Yagi Noodles

Yip Fitness

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo New England

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

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 800,000 guests.

• Provide exceptional medical care to over 600 Zoo animals.

• Bring the Zoomobile to over 5,000 school children last year.

• 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 125 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.

2024 Zoobilee Ambassadors

Cheryl Cohen Co-Chair

Pam Alarie

Cathy Azzoli

Sara Beatrice

Claire Carrabba

Susan Catanzaro

Bob Conrad

Jaime DeCosta

Katrina Delicato

Sarah Denby

Renee Evangelista

Jennifer Foster

Elizabeth Grover

Kathy Haronian

Pamela Heffernan Co-Chair

Corrie Ignagni

Judy Lockard

Beth Mattera

Damaris Messina

John Mullen

Jack Murray

Ron Patalano

Zachary Remson

Vicki Scharfberg

Tempie Thompson

Lauren Ustaszewski

Sara Walsh

Eric Weiner

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