Sunset Affair Goes Virtual

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

Thursday, July 16th, 2020 

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunset Affair Goes Virtual

Sunset Affair, Como Friends’ annual summer gala, will transition into an interactive online event in July. While we’ll miss meeting up in person this year, the virtual platform will bring you up-close and personal to special animal guests and zookeeper talks and provide behind-the-scenes experiences of the gardens with our horticulturalists. Going virtual will also give us the chance to make this perennially sold-out event and fantastic silent auction more accessible to Como friends and fans than ever before. See link below to RSVP for free tickets to Como Friends’ biggest benefit of the year, as we celebrate the beautiful transformation of the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden and reflect on Como’s long history and bright future as a community gathering place.

A confirmation email will be sent following your registration. If you do not receive an email please check your spam folder as different email servers may block the message. To receive late-breaking event updates and a link for the silent auction mobile bidding, please provide your cell phone number.  Please note: Como Friends has a board-approved Donor Privacy Policy. We never share, sell or trade the contact information of our donors or their guests.

Plan your night! Stay tuned for virtual event details coming soon!

Como Friends’ community of supporters always provide fabulous baskets, food and wine experiences and “Only at Como” items for Sunset Affair guests. Stay tuned for items up for bid during 2020’s Sunset Affair: Ichigo Ichie. Here’s a peek at last year’s auction items:

2019 Auction Highlights

You don’t need a ticket to Sunset Affair: Ichigo Ichie to contribute to this Special Giving Opportunity.


Thank You 2020 Sponsors!

Thank you 2020 Sunset Affair Committee!

Honorary Chairs | Martha and Brock Nelson

Sunset Affair Committee | Diana Allen, Tom Baker, John Bennett, Arta Cheney, Patty Cook, Dan Erickson, Mary Ann Evander, Rebecca Field, Sherry Fonseth-Lais, Kathy Haug, Gayle Holmes, Diane Kaphing, Nancy Koch, Janessa Meyer, Nicky Nagle, Lynette Palmgren, Wendy Rubin, Jill Sadler, Jane Ullmann, Sheryl Zaworski

What is Sunset Affair?

Sunset Affair is the annual summer fundraising gala hosted by Como Friends to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. In 2018, the event raised nearly $185,000 to benefit the plants, animals and people that depend on Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

What does it cost?

Tickets to our virtual Sunset Affair are free of charge. All people, of all ages are welcome to attend the event. The more the merrier! We do require a RSVP. You can register here. See RSVP link.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets can be reserved for Sunset Affair 2020 by clicking on the RSVP link above.

What about the Silent Auction?

Sunset Affair’s Silent Auction will be online. More details will be coming soon.

Where does the money go?

Sunset Affair is the largest fundraiser of the year for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Sunset Affair is produced by Como Friends, the nonprofit partner to the zoo and conservatory. Como Friends’ mission is to inspire community generosity in support of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory so that it thrives for generations to come.

Funds raised at Sunset Affair will help to provide world class animal and plant care, updates to the zoo and conservatory, conservation programs, and education initiatives. Most importantly, support from Sunset Affair ensures Como remains free and thriving for future generations.

How can I get more information?

Call Como Friends at 651-487-8229 or email

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