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Jazzoo 2012 - JUNE 1st

2012 is Jazzoo is going to be one of the best ever!  Be sure to wear your creative black tie outfits and dress to impress.  This year's Jazzoo theme is Cocktails, Coattails, and Cat Tails!

Pricing for Jazzoo 2012 ranges from $175.00 for 1 ticket to $25,000.00 for group packages.

Exceptional Elephant - $25,000   Please contact the Zoo to purchase this level. Includes 24 early-admittance tickets, 12 VIP/valet parking passes, 56 individual tickets
Bighearted Baboon - $15,000   16 early-admittance tickets, 8 VIP/valet parking passes and 30 individual tickets
Laudable Lion - $10,000   10 early-admittance tickets, 5 VIP/valet parking passes and 20 individual tickets
Generous Giraffe - $5,000   6 early-admittance tickets, 3 VIP/valet parking passes and 8 individual tickets
Karing Kangaroo - $3,000   8 early-admittance tickets, 4 VIP/valet parking passes
Charitable Chimp - $1,500   4 early-admittance tickets, 2 VIP parking passes
Patron Ticket - $375   1 early-admittance ticket
Individual Ticket - $175   1 individual ticket

Jazzoo is a great charity fundraiser that supports the animals of The Kansas City Zoo.  It is a magical night of creative formal wear, excellent Kansas City Restaurant cuisine, bars and kansas city bands and lots of Kansas City News coverage!

Jazzoo is held at The Kansas City Zoo in Swope Park near Starlight Theatre.

MAP and Directions to Jazzoo KC

Dress:  The dress for Jazzoo is definitely the most exciting part of Jazzoo!  The dress code is "creative black tie" (for examples of some of the creative black tie outfits visit Jazzoo Kansas City Creative Black Tie Ideas or see some of the photos posted below from previous year's Jazzoo events.

Jazzoo Guests will be able to ride the train to and from the Patron party and around Jazzoo.

Every jazzoo guest is provided with a food and drink tray portraying a map of Jazzoo. Jazzoo 2012 features these highlights:

* Special Jazzoo cocktails served at designated specialty bars.
* Headliner entertainment on the mainstage – starting at 10pm.
* Kansas City Restaurants arranged by location in town.

Get your tickets to this year's Jazzoo now and support The Kansas City Zoo and the animals!
Ticket info:  816-513-5800

Jazzoo 2011

From The Kansas City Star...

Jazzoo 2011 featured the talents of The Dueling Piano Guys - they were a SMASH HIT!

Thank you to all of you who came out to Jazzoo 2011.  The weather was hot and the creative black tie outfits were even hotter!  We saw some of the best costumes of any Jazzoo to date. 

Jazzoo 2011 had a turn out of at least 5000 charitable Kansas Citians as well as our out of town supporters.  Jazzoo 2008's Co-Chairs were Emily and Rick Boeshaar.  Jazzoo 2011 was organized by:

Executive Director:  Randy Wisthoff- Zoo Director
Staff:  Laura Berger-Director of Development, Ally Moore- Development Events Coordinator-Jazzoo
Event Coordinator:  Ally Moore
Steering Committee:  JAZZOO 2008 CHAIRMEN- Rick and Emily Boeshaar, JAZZOO 2008 CHAIRMAN- Bill Fromm, LIVE AUCTION CHAIRMEN-Kathy and Dan Sudeikis, BEVERAGE CHAIRMEN-Mary Nestel, Mike Sullican, CORPORATE CHAIRMAN - Don Wagner, MARKETING CHAIRMAN- Julie Neemeyer, MARKETING COMMITTEE-Terese Babcock,Lauren Erickson, Jill Groebl, Tricia Jaworski, Cindy Vincent, DECORATIONS CHAIRMEN-Becky and Drew Laboda, ENTERTAINMENT-Lenny Corso, GROUNDS CHAIRMAN-Mike Stuckey, RESTAURANT CHAIRMEN-Diana Zarda Albert, Jack Bonar, Jim O'Keefe, TICKETS CHAIRMAN-Terre Andresen, VOLUNTEERS CHAIRMEN-Caroline Pierce, Marissa Schaffner

We hope to see you all at Jazzoo 2012!


More than 5,000 Kansas Citians attended Jazzoo this year.  Guests enjoyed an evening of unlimited food, drink and music while making a real, tangible community impact.  Jazzoo funds support a special diet for over 800 animals and supports the Zoo Learning fund…..a fund designed to create educational programs for kids of all ages in the Kansas City community.


2007 was definitely the most dancing we've ever seen at Jazzoo!  The KC All Stars had 3 encores that night on the main stage.

The organization of Jazzoo this year was a credit to The Kansas City community as a whole and it was obvious that a lot of hard work and planning went into the entire production.  There is no doubt that Jazzoo has earned the right to be called one of the best charity events in the country.

In Memory of "Casey" KC ZOO

Jazzoo 2007 Events

Date: Friday, June 1, 2007 (rain or shine)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Gala Preview
Enjoy all of the sights, tastes and sounds of Jazzoo as the entire event opens an hour early just for sponsors and patrons.
7:30 p.m. – Midnight – Jazzoo
Place: The Kansas City Zoo, located in Swope Park near Starlight Theatre.
Attire: Creative black tie.
Parking: Reserved parking is provided for guests presenting a VIP parking pass. VIP parking areas are clearly marked. Limousines will be directed to guest drop-off, pick-up and parking areas. Valet parking is not available.
Getting Around: Every guest is provided with a food-and-drink tray portraying a map of Jazzoo, featuring these highlights:

~ Silent auction from 6:30-9:30pm located by the American Century Stage, as you enter the zoo to the left.

~ A special Jazzoo cocktail will be served at designated specialty bars!

~ Check out the new Carousel on your way to the sea lions

~ Australia is back again by popular demand!

Entertainment: Dance under the stars to live music from some of Kansas City's Best Live Bands:


Australia Stage

The Dave Stephens Swing Orchestra - Back by popular demand - Kansas City's original King of Swing - Dave Stephens and his orchestra.

Cuisine: Sample complimentary delectables from 80 of the area’s finest restaurants.

Beverages: Enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages at 14 full and specialty bars. No one under 21 years of age will be admitted.

Jazzoo has been called “Kansas City’s biggest party.” Once a year in June, more than 80 of the area’s top restaurants and bars bring their specialties to the Zoo.  Those attending eat and drink all they wish for the festive evening and dance to the sounds of some of the nation’s top musical acts.  Jazzoo netted more than $625,000 in 2006.  All proceeds benefit the Kansas City Zoo.

Jazzoo 2007 Was a HUGE HIT

Friday, June 1, 2007 included a special appearance from The KC All Stars on the Main Stage, the return of Kansas City's own Dave Stephens Band on the Australian Stage, delicious bites from 80 Kansas City restaurants, beverages from 15-20 full and specialty bars, and continuous live music from National and Local artists on four stages around the Zoo.

On behalf of the Kansas City Zoo, we thank all of you who attended this year's largest fundraiser, Jazzoo 2007.  You played a special role enabling Jazzoo 2007 to raise more than $625,000 and be named the “Best Charitable Event in Kansas City” by Ingram’s Magazine.

Because of you, the money raised from Jazzoo 2007 helped feed hundreds of animals with specially formulated diets designed to meet their nutritional needs.  Jazzoo also helped deliver educational Zoo programs to more than 40,000 children annually.  Jazzoo helped the Kansas City Zoo approach our $1.5 million goal earmarked for our new educational facility, which will begin construction in 2007.


Jazzoo 2007 was proud to present on the Australia Stage...


Back by popular demand...

The Dave Stephens Band has opened for such bands as the Count Basie Orchestra, Christian McBride Royal Crown Review as well as appearances on HBO's Deadwood.

 Aside from their undeniable popularity in their hometown, The Dave Stephens Band has attracted rave reviews from such international celebrities as Marilyn Maye, Oleta Adams, Dave Matthews, and Katherine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

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