A Grand (and Green) Celebration

More than 2,000 “party animals” joined the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) and co-chairs Joseph Campanelli and Karen Cullen on June 16 for Sunset at the Zoo “Green is the New Black”, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions. This year’s spectacular, creatively wild, 21-and-older annual fundraising gala celebrated the DZS’s Greenprint initiatives.

Guests enjoyed an exquisite strolling supper and dessert reception featuring more than 50 of metro Detroit’s best restaurants and distributors. Sunset offered incredible live entertainment from The Jerry Ross Band and Tom Butwin, dancing under the stars, plus over-the-top spectacles by Detroit Flyhouse that included fire breathing, acrobatics and aerial performances. Guests also had the chance to win “zoonique” prizes in the live and silent auctions, and try their luck with the ever-popular Sunset Keys.


The VIP Reception kicked off the evening’s festivities at the Main Picnic Grove.  Later, guests strolled among the Detroit Zoo’s award-winning habitats at twilight and enjoyed a great party centered around the Rackham Fountain and Events Pavilion.

Sunset at the Zoo is more than a great party – it raises critical funds to support the Detroit Zoological Society and our mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife. This year’s event earned more than $575,000 in net revenue, making it the most successful Sunset to date!

Thank you to all of the incredibly generous sponsors, restaurants, distributors and individuals who donated their time, talents and resources to make this year’s Sunset at the Zoo a success!

Thank you to all of the 2017 Sunset at the Zoo Strolling Supper and Dessert participants!

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients:

  • Best Strolling Supper Item – Jim Brady’s Detroit
  • Best Dessert Item – Wally’s Frozen Custard
  • Best Theme Decorated Tent – Punch Bowl Social
  • Best Green Restaurant – Beyond Juicery + Eatery

Mark your calendars and save the date for next year – Sunset at the Zoo will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018!