Sunset Affair: Discover Como

Como Friends’ annual summer benefit for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Thursday, July 21, 2022, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is so much more than a zoo and botanical garden. Como is a cultural treasure and a true community resource that is a free and welcoming oasis for everyone. 

Join us as we “Discover Como” all over again at Como Friends’ Sunset Affair, a casual summer gala to celebrate the extraordinary animals and plants, exciting education programs, and exceptional keepers and horticulturists who connect our community to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.  

Explore the sights and sounds of Como like never before at Sunset Affair. Stroll through the rainforest in Tropical Encounters, the coastal landscape of Como Harbor, and the lowland of Gorilla Forest. Get up close to giraffes, polar bears and orangutans. Hear lions roaring, zebras braying and wolves howling while dining al fresco and bidding on amazing auction items. Enjoy programs, activities and animal ambassadors that highlight what community support makes possible every day at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. 

Gather your friends, reserve your preferred ticket option, and get ready to “Discover Como” anew on July 21!


Individual Ticket: $300  

Enjoy an exquisite picnic dinner of gourmet selections served outdoors at table seating. Discover Como with your family, friends or colleagues. Groups of up to eight ticket holders can be seated together. 

 Choice Seating: $4,000 for a table of eight  

Experience the close-up encounters and intimate corners that Como is known for with premier seating in Polar Bear Odyssey or Gorilla Forest. Choice Seating includes a plated dinner, host bar, animal experience and zookeeper talk.  

Purchase tickets with the form below or call the Como Friends’ office for more information at 651.487.8229.

Thank you 2022 Sunset Affair Committee!

Honorary Chair |  Sheryl Zaworski

Sunset Affair Committee | Susannah Baudhuin, John Bennett, Sheila Brown, Arta Cheney, Dan Erickson, Jane Gerber, Jewelie Grape, Kathy Haug, Karen Hawkinson, Kaitlyn Huntington, Amanda Jamison, Diane Kaphing, Nancy Koch, Caroline Mehlhop, Nicky Nagle, Martha Nelson, Lynette Palmgren, Bethany Paul, Wendy Rubin, Jackie Sticha, Jane Ullmann, Sheryl Zaworski

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