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Zoofari Ball XXIX: Spy-fari presented by Union Bank 

A fundraiser for the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

From Mata Hari to Holmes and Bond to Bourne – you may live twice, but Spy-fari happens only once!  Swing down to the Santa Barbara Zoo, for Zoofari Ball XXIX: Spy-fari presented by Union Bank.  Answer your shoe-phone, grab your vodka Martini (shaken, not stirred) and join our Honorary Co-Chairs, Leigh Cashman and Mindy Denson (pictured) for this top-secret mission to raise money for the animals. This event is sold out.This event is sold out.

Now Open! Online Auction

1,2,3…start bidding! For the first time ever, the Santa Barbara Zoo is proud to present the Zoofari Ball auction online. No need to attend the event for this part...anyone can have a chance to bid on items such weekend trips, wine tastings, family-fun days, dinners.

There are two simple ways to start bidding:
• From your computer, go online to zoo.myab.co and register by clicking the green button on the home page.
• From your smart phone, text 'Zoo' to 52182 and you will be prompted to register via text.

The auction will be open until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23.  All of the proceeds go to support the animals at the Zoo!   


Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.zb 2014 cochairs


This event is sold out.


If we told you, we'd have to...well, you know. Here's a hint...it's been called a "garden of animals." Get the map


Dress as the most dastardly criminal master-mind or daring spy, detective, or secret agent. Please leave your weapons (real and fake) at home, but make sure you dress to kill! And remember, safari attire is always appropriate for Zoofari Ball. 


Local double agents, a.k.a. King Bee, provide plenty of opportunities for mayhem on the dance floor. 


It's no cover story: Zoo Catering Services by Rincon will dazzle you with wild cuisine and civilized service, bountiful buffets, and swoon-worthy desserts. 


Start the evening off shaken, not stirred as your covert operation commences. Zoofari Ball boasts full bars that pour freely throughout the evening. 


Won’t you consider joining us as a sponsor this year? We offer many exciting benefits to help make Zoofari a night to remember for you and your guests. Download the list of sponsorship levels and benefits here.

Zoofari Ball XXIX Sponsors

Title Sponsor: Union Bank

Diamond: Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Platinum Sponsors: Anonymous • Bella Vista Designs • Felix Cohen & Family • The Dreier Family   Arlene & Milt Larsen – Magic Castle • Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians • Terry & Sue Schwartz • Wood-Claeyssens Foundation

Gold Sponsors: Hub International Insurance Services • Robert K. & Barbara J. Straus Foundation

Silver Sponsors: Carl's Jr.  Pacific Compensation Insurance Company      Schipper Construction • John C. Woodward

Bronze Sponsors: Anonymous • Bunnin Cadillac Chevrolet • Classic Party Rentals • Patricia & Alan Griffin • Joan & Robert Hollman • Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management • Montecito Bank & Trust • Santa Barbara Auto Group • Santa Barbara Specialty Pharmacy  Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC • Tri-County Produce--John Dixon • Village Properties • Zacky Family & Zacky Farms

Copper Sponsors: Bryant & Sons Jewelers • Leigh & Paul Cashman • Mindy & Chris Denson  

Jano Graphics • Dennis & Leslie Power • John & Peggy Russell • Sue & Bill Wagner

Head Table Sponsor: The Crawford Family

Tail Table Sponsors: The Dreier Family • Cyndee Howard

Premier Auction Sponsor: Robertson International Travel Consultants & Viking Cruises

Premier Catering Sponsor: Rincon Catering

Premier Wine Sponsor: Brander Vineyard



 Honorary Co-Chairs: Leigh Cashman & Mindy Denson

Event Coordinators: Lisa Carter & Nancy McToldridge

Marcy Bazzani • Ross Beardsley • Nancy Beaver • Alison Brainard-Sydney • Christine Brand 

Wendy Campbell • Colleen Dennis • Patricia Griffin • Jessica Kolbe • Elaine Mah Best • Kirk A. Martin 

Sue McCue • Julia McHugh • Dean Noble • Ellen Lehrer Orlando • Jason Patton •  Pam Polan

Charlotte Rao • Kim Roberson • Elissa Rubin • Heather Schuyler • Amy Sloan

 Hilary Stein • Kelly Whitaker • Peggy Wiley • Barbara Zerbe


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