Let Travelers Sunset Affair: Sundown on the Savanna transport you to the heart of Africa with live music, food and drink, zookeeper talks and an extraordinary silent auction surrounded by kudu, zebras, gorillas, and our gentle herd of giraffes. This summertime celebration of Como’s iconic African animals is brought to you by Como Friends, dedicated to making Como Park Zoo and Conservatory the best it can be today—and even better tomorrow.
Travelers Sunset Affair 2016 is sold out. Please call 651-207-0343 if you’d like to add your name to the waitlist. Click here to preview this year’s Silent Auction items!
Como Friends’ Fund-A-Need
Making a contribution toward Como Friends’ Fund-A-Need is a wonderful way to see your support go right to work at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Contributions of any size help Como thrive!
Super Silent AUCTION HIGHLIGHT: Luxurious Seven-Day Safari for Two
Sundown on the Savanna is the theme of this year’s Travelers Sunset Affair, highlighting Como’s iconic African animals, including giraffe, kudu and zebra. Connect with these animals in their natural habitat during this unforgettable seven-day safari for two to Zimbabwe, offered by Pique Travel. For three nights, you will stay at Victoria Falls Lodge in 5-star, luxurious, air-conditioned safari “tents” nestled on the peaceful banks of the Zambezi River. Your stay will include a sunset river cruise and a helicopter flight to view the majestic Victoria Falls. Your adventure will then take you to The Hide in Hwange National Park, where you can have a glass of wine on a veranda overlooking a waterhole frequented by elephants or enjoy your breakfast al fresco under the acacia trees. Included are 140,000 FlexPerks points for airfare ($2,800 value). Trip is compliments of Pique Travel, US Bank FlexPerks and the Como Friends Board of Trustees.
Silent Auction Donations
To learn more about making a donation or in-kind contribution to benefit Como Friends’ Sunset Affair gala, contact Amanda Golden, Events Manager, at 651-207-0338, or e-mail [email protected].
July 21, 2016
Horace Cleveland Society Private Reception
August 18, 2016
Special Access: Giraffe Feeding Station
September 17, 2016
October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th, 2016
February 23, 2017
Sunset Affair Frequently Asked Questions
Sunset Affair is the annual summer fundraising gala hosted by Como Friends to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. In 2015, the event raised more than $200,000 to benefit the plants, animals and people that depend on Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
Tickets to this popular event cost $200 for individual tickets, and $2,500 for a table of ten. The event also includes a limited number of Choice table options in a premier exhibit location on the grounds of the Como Zoo for $4,000 for a table of ten. The VIP option includes a private experience with Como’s own zookeepers, showcasing the unique plants and animals at Como.
Travelers Sunset Affair 2016 is sold out. Please call 651-207-0343 if you’d like to add your name to the waitlist.
Dress cool and casual. Though dinner is served in our air-conditioned Visitor Center, many of the night’s activities will be outdoors where the potential for tropical temperatures calls for light fabrics, comfortable shoes, flowing dresses, and can’t-go-wrong khakis and capris. (In the event of severe weather, the party will move indoors.)
Last year, Sunset Affair’s Silent Auction included more than 300 unique items, from trips to London and the Pacific Northwest, tickets to see Madonna and Ed Sheeran, and “Only at Como” opportunities including the chance to be a horticulturist for a day. For your convenience, Como Friends works with BidPal mobile bidding, allowing guests to bid for their favorite items directly from a smart phone.
Sunset Affair is the largest fundraiser of the year for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, attracting a sell-out crowd of more than 500 guests. Sunset Affair is produced by Como Friends, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from every walk of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world.
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