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On June 27, 2024, the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society welcomed 219 guests to the second annual “Soiree at the Zoo” gala fundraiser. The event featured a variety of activities to showcase the Zoo’s work, a delicious spread courtesy of LaFrance Hospitality, and the musical stylings of Grammy nominated James Montgomery and the Boston Legends.

“We had a wonderful and supportive crowd at Soiree this year,” said Katie Sherman, Community Relations Manager at the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society. “One of the highlights was our ‘Ducky Drop’ raffle, where supporters could purchase a numbered yellow rubber duck that is then tossed into the seal pool. Blue, our male Atlantic harbor seal carefully selects a winner, by picking a ducky and bringing it over to one of our Zookeepers.”

Other exciting activities included a “Wine Toss” game, as well as a live elephant painting demonstration with Emily, BPZOO’s 60-year-old Asian elephant.

“Painting is a form of enrichment for Emily; she loves painting, and the crowd really enjoys watching her work,” said Sherman. The painting was then auctioned off during the event.

An unexpected evening highlight came courtesy of one of the “Boston Legend” band members, Wyc Grousbeck, co-owner of the Boston Celtics. Grousbeck, not only brought along the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy for guests to take selfies with, but also debuted the Celtic’s 2024 Championship banner.

Thanks to the support of a generous slate of sponsors, including three presenting sponsors,  the Bernheimer Family, the Joblon Family, and Baldwin Brothers, the many ticket holders, and auction bidders, the event raised just over $90,000.

“We are incredibly grateful to our community for the support we received at this year’s Soiree,” said Sherman. “We know the Zoo is a special place, and we feel privileged to be able to safeguard the sustainability of this treasured organization for generations to come.”