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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

12th Annual Benefit Concert and Charity Auction - Columbus, Ohio

Friday, December 6, 2013
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 West Powell Road, Powell, OH 43065, 800-666-5397 ( DIRECTIONS )
Social Hour 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Live Auction at 8:00 pm | Musical Performances all evening

12/4/2013: This event is SOLD OUT!

Heavy Hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening and cash bar
Silent Auction 5pm - 9pm
Kids & Critters - A Zoo Adventure. Ages 4-14; $25 per child, limited space

Proceeds benefit The Heather Pick Music Program at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center

Purpose of the Fund

Music has a power beyond words to comfort, to energize and to help with the healing process. As famed doctor and author Olive Sacks has written, music can be more therapeutic than any medication. Music, he says, "brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can."

Since music makes such a positive difference in the lives of our patients, their families, and our staff, we have always envisioned a robust music program for the new cancer hospital, one where we have the capacity for patients and staff can personally view, or where patients can participate by watching from their rooms if their health precludes them from attending the concert.

Honoring the legacy of Heather Pick and the musical talents and passion of Lorne VanFossen.

Featuring Ruth’s Chris Hors d’oeuvres, Martinis and Carving station with Martini Raffle featuring exquisite items from Worthington Jewelers.
Ruth's Chris Steak House Worthington Jewelers


With Emcee Chuck Strickler

Chuck Strickler

and special guest Auction Emcee Robyn Haines

Robyn Haines

with musical selections from Cabot Rea

Cabot Rea

and Johnny DiLoretto

Johnny DiLoretto

Featuring "Happy Hour" style evening starting at 5pm with celebrity bartenders

Joel Riley
Joel Riley
Bob Kendrick
Bob Kendrick
Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson

Johnny DiLoretto
Johnny DiLoretto
Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly
Mike Davis
Mike Davis

Event Details
  • Space is limited to 500
  • "Kids & Critters - A Zoo Adventure" for ages 4-14, Space limited to 100 children
  • Arrive early to beat the traffic and enjoy the Zoo's "Wildlights" - Cash bar opens at 5pm
  • Social hour 5pm - 7pm
  • Heavy Hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening
  • Silent Auction 5pm - 9pm
  • Live Auction 8pm
  • Musical performances all evening
  • Dress attire is "Holiday Festive Casual"
    Please dress in layers and comfortable shoes for walking the zoo and enjoying the Wildlights holiday display
  • $100 donation per person or $2,000 corporate tables of 10

Kids & Critters - A Zoo Adventure

Back by popular demand is "Kids & Critters - A Zoo Adventure," a special "A Christmas To Cure Cancer" zoo education program for children and youth.

Let the Columbus Zoo entertain your child while you are enjoying the event. Children will be divided in classes by age groups within the range of 4 to 14 years old. Your child's evening will fly by as they participate in hands-on activities, games, group play and experience up-close encounters with animal visitors. Food and beverages will be provided. Pre-registration is required and space is limited so sign up soon.

Drop off as early as 5pm. Program from 6pm - 8:30 ending with a tour of the lights as the Zoo staff walk the children to Water's Edge where they can meet up with their parents.


Dave Powers

Dave Powers

Roger Hoards

Roger Hoards

Jeff Jones

Roger Hoards

Corporate Sponsors

We appreciate the generosity of our corporate table dinner sponsors:

Worthington Industries, Inc. Cravat Saks Fifth Avenue
Demidovich Family
Merrill Lynch Experis
Milleson Insurance West Camp Press Servpro
The James Worthington Jewelers Ruth's Chris

Buckeye Cruise for Cancer
Walgreens The Painting Company
Aerospace Lubricants    

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

For more information regarding the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, visit their website at www.colszoo.org.


We've made arrangements with Chase Suite Hotel if you need to stay the night in Columbus. Mention "A Christmas To Cure Cancer" when making a reservation for the evening of December 6, 2013 to receive the special $79 rate. Rooms are based on availability and are first come, first serve basis.

Chase Suite Hotel

Chase Suite Hotel
4130 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614.766.7762 or 888.433.9408
Mention "A Christmas To Cure Cancer" event for the $79.00 Rate

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