Skating Party Benefit at Polk Penguin Conservation Center

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ROYAL OAK — A dozen prizes will be offered during the live auction Friday at the Detroit Zoological Society’s annual Sunset at the Zoo fundraiser. The zoo will close at 1 p.m. in preparation for festivities, beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until 11:30 p.m.

Sunset at the Zoo offers a dinner with dishes from 45 of the area’s finest restaurants, as well as desserts and zoo-themed drinks. The event also features a silent auction, live entertainment, dancing under the stars, and access to many of the zoo’s award-winning animal habitats.

The highest bidder and 11 guests will be dining at the Detroit Zoo’s new Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness. Also up for bid are dinner for 12 with the giraffes, lions or polar bears, and a birthday celebration and sleepover for 20 at the zoo.

Live auction lots also include dinner at Vinsetta Garage for 15, a Detroit Red Wings road trip for two, the Detroit Tigers president’s suite for 18, a Detroit Lions suite for 12, a Rolex Sea-Dweller watch, a trip to Peru, and an Ikea living room and patio.

Supporter tickets for the 21-and-older soiree are $175 per person. Patron tickets are $300 and include a VIP reception from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday. For information and tickets, visit detroitzoo.org/sunset.

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