For the first time in 44 years, the Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do event, held at the Audubon Zoo annually and originally scheduled for September 11, 2020, has been cancelled. The CEO and president of Audubon Nature Institute Ron Forman said that the event will "come back better and stronger in 2021." This year's edition of the fundraising event has been cancelled due to uncertainty related to how the COVID-19 pandemic will progress in the upcoming months. The Audubon Nature Institute has suffered from a significant financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic since its facilities closed on March 14. The Institute cancelled the event in order to protect "the health and well-being of the people of the Gulf South."
Despite the cancellation of the main event, however, the 2020 Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do Auction and the Luxury Vehicle Raffle drawing will still take place as planned. Both events will be held online. Supporters had the chance to donate items until the first of August. The auction is expected to go live on the 28th of August and will run until September 13. One of the items featured is a "Pelicans Away Trip," the winners of which will have the chance to go on a road trip with the New Orleans Pelicans and attend two away games during the 2020-2021 season. An emerald necklace from Friend & Co. will also be auctioned, as well as an all-inclusive three-night stay at a Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California.
This year's Luxury Vehicle Raffle will feature a 2020 Lexus
UX200 worth $35,053, which was donated by Lexus New Orleans. Raffle tickets cost
$100, and the Audubon Nature Institute sold a limited number of 1,000
tickets that have, unfortunately, already sold out.The winner will be announced on September
11 at 10:30 p.m.
For more information, go to audubonnatureinstitute.org/ztd.