Fans for FOTZ, TPAC Flock to Friday Events

ZOO, TPAC -- Friends of the Topeka Zoo were able to stop by to celebrate the final night of its "Summer Safari" series Friday evening. It was also marked as an FOTZ Appreciation Night. Topekans could also join as members of the Friends group at last night's event, $25 individually, or $50 for family memberships.

There's been more celebration that normal at the Zoo lately, with the zoo patrons checking out the new hippo, and the Zoo's newest star, Hope the baby giraffe. New Zoo director Brendan Wiley featured a wild animal show starring some of the zoo's other occupants. Kids could also participate in carnival games and discovery zones.

At the Topeka Performing Arts Center, it's estimate nearly 500 of its fans celebrated a Friday night "Grape Escape."

It's an important fundraiser for their promotional and education programs, and Executive Director Barbara Wiggins says a strong TPAC is an important part of Topeka's economy. She says it allows them to present programs that wil bring theatre and music fans to TPAC from all over Northeast Kansas.

"Grape Escape" participatns could sample glasses of more than 150 different kinds of wines, enjoy food from local restaurants, and place their bids on live and silent auction items. It's anticipated that last night's event raised at least $45,000.


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