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John Ball Zoo hosting largest annual fundraiser June 14 


RendeZoo offers night of fun entertainment, fundraising for wildlife conservation 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – John Ball Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser is back for a night of fun, community and contributing to the conservation of wildlife and wild places.  

RendeZoo (RON-DAY-ZOO) 2024: Illuminate the Night will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 14. Tickets are available now. The event, which is sponsored by Bissell, takes place during the captivating Grand Rapids Lantern Festival and offers local food, drinks and entertainment. The money raised will help the Zoo in its mission to educate children and families and protect our natural world. 

“RendeZoo is an amazing opportunity to support John Ball Zoo and the important work being done to educate our community, care for hundreds of animal species and protect wildlife and wild places,” said Megan Ellinger, development events manager at John Ball Zoo. “We encourage our community to join us for an exciting, fun evening against the beautiful backdrop of the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival because we want to celebrate those who make this important conservation work possible.” 

General admission tickets for RendeZoo are $150. Zoo staff will provide immersive experiences during the event, including keeper chats and ambassador animal visits, shedding light on the Zoo’s various conservation projects locally and around the world. The event will feature food from six local restaurants showcasing their culinary specialties with a diverse range of flavors and dishes. 

Live entertainment features dueling pianos, an interactive photo booth and roaming performers throughout the Zoo, among others. 

Tickets to the event can be purchased online or at the Zoo. Sponsorship opportunities are still available at 

About John Ball Zoo 

John Ball Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1891 and located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Guided by the five core values of Conservation, Education, Community, Celebration and Compassion, John Ball Zoo accomplishes the mission to inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. As a conservation organization, John Ball Zoo works to protect wildlife and wild places, starting right here in our Great Lakes region. John Ball Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, demonstrating that we hold ourselves to the highest standards in animal care and welfare. 

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