Chattanooga Zoo Hosts A Perfectly Purple Celebration Aug. 20

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Chattanooga Zoo will host the 80th Birthday party for Sonia Young, Chattanooga’s renowned Purple Lady. 

The Chattanooga Zoo will be open on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 4-7 p.m. to all of Mrs. Young’s friends in Chattanooga to celebrate her birthday.  Guests will be able to enjoy all the animals of the Zoo, purple cupcakes donated form Gigi’s Cupcakes, and purple punch provided by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. 

Admission to The Purple Lady’s Birthday Celebration is free, but a donation is requested.  All members of the community are invited to attend. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call the Zoo at 697-1319.

Along with the birthday celebration, the Chattanooga Zoo will be kicking off its Giraffe Exhibit Capital Campaign. Guests will be able to learn what the future holds and see the first blueprints for the Chattanooga Zoo’s giraffe exhibit. In lieu of gifts, Mrs. Young requests that donations be made to the Chattanooga Zoo’s Giraffe Exhibit Capital Campaign. All donation received will be placed in the Purple Lady Giraffe Fund.  

“Sonia has been a great supporter of the zoo for many years," said Darde Long, CEO and president of the Chattanooga Zoo. "She was one of the first people to take me under their wing, and share their knowledge and experiences. Sonia is such a wonderful asset to the Chattanooga Zoo and our community. We look forward to celebrating her.”  


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