Summer VIP Experience & Long Table Dinner

Summer VIP Experience


General: $175

Zoo Members: $150

* Only 150 seats will be made available for this unique experience.


Experience an exquisite long table dinner, cocktails, live auction and a very special request to support the Veterinary team. After dinner enjoy music, dancing and evening fun under the stars.


Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407


Friday, July 19th, 2019


6:30PM – 11:00PM


150 philanthropic community members. 21 and over only.


Mary Davidson, Fundraising Event Coordinator



Mary Davidson, Fundraising Event Coordinator




About the Summer VIP Experience & Long Table Dinner

On July 19, 2019 join us for a summer evening in true Zoobilee-style! Come enjoy the views of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium while feasting on five courses from local chefs. This elegant long table will wrap through the plaza and provide an intimate, VIP experience. Included in your ticket is this five course meal, wine and specialty cocktails. There will be an exclusive live auction and raise the paddle portion of the evening during dinner to support a new digital wireless radiography machine for the Veterinary team.

To celebrate after the dinner and auction, guests will venture down to the center of the Zoo where there will be music, dancing, lawn games, night caps, sweet treats and more!

There are only 150 seats available for this new event. Age is 21 and over only and attire is summer cocktail. This event is rain or shine.


  • 6:30pm – 7:15pm – Cocktail hour/Animal Appearances/Live Auction Display/Fund A Need Display/Holland America Line Cruise Raffle Tickets
  • 7:15pm – 8:25pm – Dinner (Five courses from local chefs)
  • 8:25pm – 9:00pm – Live Auction & Raise the Paddle
  • 9:00pm – 11:00pm – After Party: Live music, dancing, sips, bites, and carousel rides

The Long Table Dinner will feature food and drinks from:

  • Cook’s Tavern – hosting the appetizer course

  • Lancer Catering – hosting the salad course

  • Table 47, part of Ocean 5 in Gig Harbor – hosting the amuse and main course

  • The Cheesery (coming to Point Ruston Marketplace Fall 2019) – hosting the dessert course

  • Sunken Cellars – providing wine

  • Ambassador Wines of Washington – providing wine

  • Heritage Distilling Co – providing spirits and specialty cocktails

  • 7 Seas Brewing – providing beer

Featured vendors at the “after party” celebration

  • Hello Cupcake

  • Metropolitan Market Proctor (The Cookie)

  • Spaghetti Factory

  • Sunken Cellars

  • 7 Seas Brewing

  • Heritage Distilling Co.

  • Ambassador Wines of Washington

*Proceeds from this event will support animal care, education, and conservation at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The raise the paddle portion of the evening will help provide a wireless x-ray machine for vet staff, aiding in efficiency and ease of care for the animals that call PDZA their home.

Who We Are

The Zoo Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization whose mission and purpose is to engage our community in support of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s education, conservation, research and preservation efforts through the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Rim and beyond.

Goods and/or services donated to The Zoo Society are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

About the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is located on 29 acres within Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. The Zoo is a national leader in endangered species breeding and reintroduction efforts and is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest, with annual attendance of more than 720,000 visitors annually.

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