Chattanooga Zoo Hosts Banana Ball Oct. 13

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Chattanooga Zoo will host its annual Banana Ball on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Zoo’s location at 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Guests will experience a special evening at the Zoo, while enjoying a presentation by Jack Hanna, up close animal encounters, a first look at the new Deserts and Forests Exhibit, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing and an open bar for the special anniversary price of $75.  A cigar bar providing signature hand rolled cigars by Burns Tobacconist will also be made available to attendees.

This year will also feature the first-ever Banana Split event especially for children.  Children ages 3-12 can come and meet Jack Hanna and his special animal friends from 3-4 p.m. in the Education Building on Saturday, Oct. 13.  Opportunities will be provided to purchase Jack Hanna’s autographed “Passport Into the Wild” children’s book.  Banana Split sundaes are included.  Tickets are $25 per child and one parent per child receives complimentary admission.

For those interested in getting to spend quality time with Jack, a special VIP Backstage Pass is available for purchase for $150.  Pass includes admission to Banana Ball as well as private VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Banana Ball is the Chattanooga Zoo’s signature fundraising event with all proceeds going to the care of the Zoo’s many wonderful animals, as well as its conservation, education and rehabilitation efforts. "Banana Ball is our most anticipated fundraising event of the year,” Darde Long, Executive Director of the Zoo said. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy a magical evening at the Zoo to benefit a great cause.” 

 For more information or to purchase tickets, call 697-1339.



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