1. The 1st Annual ZOOmbathon!


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    Zumba instructor Mel Thomas came to the zoo for an animal encounter and while she was here, she was introduced to our General Manager, Kim. They were talking about Zumba and the Party in Pink event that raised so much money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Kim said, "Wow! That's awesome...you should put on a ZOOmbathon!" And the idea was born. Over the next several months Mel, and her fellow instructor Sherie Coyne, secured the venue, gathered lots of amazing prizes from local businesses for the raffle, had a tiki photo booth built, hired musicians and a DJ and started selling tickets! The day of the event finally came...and so did the rain! Pushed back two weeks, they put it all together again and it was perfect! There was a great turnout, great music, moves, and lots of smiles! Everyone showed up in the best animal prints, Zumba style - of course. Kids and grownups alike donned the wild works of our face-painters, Debbie Flavel Hardwick and Barbara Curtis. With DJ Mental Extract putting out the unique sounds of Zumba and the very talented Lucas Hunter Rush, on the drums, everyone was gettin' their Zumba on! Sherie and Mel led small Zumba circles with the younger children then kicked it up a notch and got serious with their regular Zumba follwers! Taking a break only for a sweet delicious cupcake from Specialty Bakery, these ladies danced into the night raising money for our zoo! Sherie and Mel raised over $350 from the event and were eager to present to Patti and are already planning the next event! Special thanks to these hard working ladies for all their hard work and dedication, and to everyone who worked so hard to make this event happen!

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