Make Tracks to Sunset Safari 2014
Wildlife meets nightlife at Sunset Safari, Nashville Zoo's premier annual soiree of eats, drinks and animals set for Thursday, Sept. 4. This year's theme, Make Tracks, celebrates the arrival of Andean Bears at the Zoo in 2015.
UBS is the title sponsor for this year's event. Explore the exotic appeal of South America, the Andean Bear's native land. Restaurants will be stationed throughout the Zoo serving sample appetizers, entrees and sweets, and open bars will feature exotic concoctions from Nashville's best beverage purveyors. Entertainment for the evening includes a show from Music City Burlesque, live music, and special animal hosts.
The Patron Party features food from acclaimed chef David Miller and entertainment from illusionist Kevin King. Patron party guests will also have the chance to have their picture taken with an animal host from Jungle Jack Hanna's collection from the Columbus Zoo.
Sunset Safari kicks off at 6:30 p.m. To prepare for the event, the Zoo will be closing at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $150 for the main event and $250 at the patron level. A special junior level main event ticket is available for guests ages 21 – 29 for $75. Tickets can be purchased at www.nashville.gov or by calling 615-833-1534 ext 129.
The event, chaired by Cynthia Arnholt, Kerrie Johnson and Nora Kirby, includes honorary committee members Caroline and Luke Bryan, Anne Davis and Mayor Karl Dean, Tracie and Scott Hamilton, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Brad Paisley. Beverage chair for the event is Charles Sonnenberg of Frugal Macdoogal.
Sunset Safari is presented by Pilot Flying J. The Patron Party is sponsored by Service Systems Associates. Presented sponsors include Cynthia and Dave Arnholt, Dex, Jennifer and Billy Frist, Grand Avenue, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Haslam, Haslam Family Foundation, Kerrie and John T. Johnson, Laura & William Lawson, and Sunrise Contracting. Supporting sponsors are Action Nissan, Allen Printing, Ann & Steve Bailey, Classic Party Rentals, Delta Dental, Ernst & Young. Contributing sponsors include Clint Newman, DDS, Franklin American, Littlejohn Engineering and McCloud Services.
Sunset Safari food and beverage participants include: 312 Pizza Company, A Taste Of The Wild Catering, American Born Moonshine, Amerigo, Aquarium Restaurant, Ben & Jerry’s, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Bound’ry, The Bridge Lounge & Restaurant At The Renaissance Hotel, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Dick’s Last Resort, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Fiestas Catering, Finezza Italian Bistro, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Hard Rock Café, Kayne Prime, Kickin’ Coffee & Tea, Krispy Kreme, Legato Gelato, The Melting Pot, Moto, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate, Paul’s Chocolate Factory, Pennington’s Strawberry Rye, Rainforest Café, Ravello, Rodizio Grill, Sambuca, Silo, Skyy Vodka, St. Anejo, Stones River Baking Co., Table 3 Restaurant & Market, Tavern, Tres Agaves Tequila, Virago, Whiskey Kitchen, Whisper Creek Sipping Cream and more.
Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. Attracting more than 776,000 visitors annually, the Zoo is considered one of the top things to do in Nashville. The Zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. For more information about Nashville Zoo, call 615-833-1534 or visit www.nashvillezoo.org.