Zoo group introduces smaller counterpart to Zoobilation

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A group of zoo enthusiasts has launched a miniaturized version of one of the biggest fundraisers every year in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council—a recently formed collection of about 50 “young professionals” who support the Indianapolis Zoo—is hosting the inaugural Zoolala formal affair on Feb. 2.

otr-zoo-012113-15col.jpg All proceeds from Zoolala will support Indianapolis Zoo exhibits. (IBJ File Photo)

With enough room for only 300 guests in the zoo’s dolphin pavilion, the event won’t be able to compete with Zoobilation, which draws thousands of people every June and has raised millions of dollars for the organization, said Aaron Reddington, president of the associate council.

“This is more so to engage younger donors,” said Reddington, a 30-year-old finance director for Angie’s List who wants to get more people his age involved in philanthropy.

The event has no specific fundraising goals, but all the money raised through sales of the $125 tickets and corporate sponsorships will go to the zoo.

Tickets are selling “surprisingly well,” he said.

For more information on the event or to buy tickets, visit www.indyzoo.com.

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