Plan ahead! Franklin Park Zoo will be closed to the public all day on Sunday, July 28 due to a private event. If you would like to visit the Zoo on this day, we are happy to welcome you to Stone Zoo which will be open regular hours from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


A Wild Affair

Stone Zoo

Saturday, June 22, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 15th annual event! Just by attending, you supported the Zoo and our commitment to saving species for years to come.

About the event

21+ Event

We invite you to walk on the wild side as you sample offerings from stations hosted by Greater Boston’s best restaurants and caterers, enjoy live entertainment, bid on special items at our silent and live auctions, and meet some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors up close. See below for more food, drink and auction details!

Thank you!
Proceeds from A Wild Affair support the operation and continued growth of Stone Zoo, its education programs and conservation initiatives.

Food, Drink and More

costco piantedosi joe's american bar and grill

buffalo wild wings  Fuddruckers

One Hope

Red Heat Tavern Sweet Spot Bakery

Edible Arrangements

be mixed 

 tequila partida

snow leopard vodka

 Pisa Pizza






Auction Items

99 Restaurant: Two gift cards
110 Grill: Gift card
A Better Companion: Gift basket and gift certificate
AAA Northeast: One year membership
Anton's Cleaners, Inc.
: Gift certificate
Artinian Jewelry: Earrings
Bacci's of Stoneham: Gift card
Bay Spirit Tours: Gift certificate for four passengers on a light house harbor tour
Bayside Resort: Two-night Cape Cod getaway
Baystate Financial: One retirement and investment analysis service package
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course: Four tickets
Bedford Car Wash: One car wash gift certificate book
Bedford Jewelers Inc.: Necklace
Berkshire Mountain Distillery Inc.: Distillery tour and a bottle of gin and vodka
Bernie & Phyl's Furniture: Gift certificate
Big Joe the Storyteller: Gift certificate
Big Picture Framing: Gift certificate
Billy's Roast Beef: Four gift certificates
BJ's Wholesale Club: Gift certificate
Blue Man Group: Four ticket vouchers
Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation Inc.: Gift card
Boston Cannons: Four tickets to a game
Boston Center for Adult Education: Gift certificate
Boston Duck Tours: One Duck charter
Boston Harbor Cruises: Two adult tickets and two child whale watch tickets
Boston Harbor Cruises: Family of four Codzilla pass
Boston Tea Party: Two VIP museum passes
Butcher Boy: Gift certificate
Cabot Creamery Co-op: Cheese gift basket
Calareso's Farm Stand and Garden Center: Gift certificate
Canobie Lake Park: Four tickets
Cari Roche: Framed Polar Bear Photo
Cathy Hutchinson: Two tickets each to tour Boston with Old Town Trolley Tours, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and Ghosts & Gravestones
Central Animal Hospital: Gift basket and veterinary services gift certificate
Charles River Canoe and Kayak: One day boat rental
Charlotte Liu: Handmade christening ensemble
City Cycle: Gift card
Comella's: Gift card
Cookie Time Bakery: Two dozen cookies
Cowabunga's: Four passes to Cowabunga's
Currier Museum of Art: Two "taste of membership" passes
Daniel Doke Fine Art Portraits: Portrait certificate
Dave and Buster's Woburn: Gift card
Deborah Hogan: Wooden necklace
DeCordova Museum: Two DeCordova Museum passes
Dirty Doodle: Gift basket
Dockside Restaurant: Gift card
Donna Weiss: Red Sox vs. Yankees ticket package
Dreamland Wax Museum: Eight tickets
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary: Free Family Pass for up to five people
Drybar: Gift card
Dunkin Donuts: Gift card
Earthbath: Pet grooming supplies
Einstein's Workshop: Five family passes
Elite Island Resorts: Four resort discount packages
Elizabeth Grady Skin Care Salons: Gift certificate
Ellen Curran: 300 scratch tickets
Entercom - Magic 106.7: Massage gift certificate
Essex River Cruises & Charters: Two sightseeing cruise gift certificates
Evergreen Florists: Gift card for three floral arrangements
Fab Fit Fun: "The Starter Box"
Firefly Moon: Gift card
Flatbread Company: Gift card
Fran Mandeville: Four Stone Zoo animal mugs
Fran Mandeville: Framed snow leopard cub photo
Fran Mandeville: Two Patriots tickets
Fran Mandeville: Zoo-animal-themed gift basket
Gaetano's: Two gift cards
Gloucester Stage Company: Two tickets
Greater Los Angeles Zoo: VIP cart tour and behind-the-scenes animal experience for up to six adults
Gunstock Mountain Resort: Two passes
Harrows Chicken Pies: Gift card
Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant: Gift certificate
Hawthorne Hotel: Restaurant gift certificate
Honey Baked Ham: Gift card
Honey Dew Donuts: Gift card
Hotel Commonwealth: One-night stay for two
Howard Porter: Original matted and framed drawing
Huntington Theatre Company: Two tickets
Hyatt Regency: One-night weekend accommodations for two people
Improv Asylum: Six tickets
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston: Two passes
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Four complimentary admissions passes
Jacksonville Zoological Gardens: Behind-the-scene tour for six people
Jam Time: Two Passes
Janelle Angela: Skin care gift card
Jet Blue: Two travel certificates good for one roundtrip flight each from Boston to any nonstop destination
Jillian's Billiard Club, Inc.: One "For the Win" party
JoAnn Griffin: Newborn gift basket
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation: Family membership
J.P. Licks: Gift card
Kimball Farm: Four "Give me Three" Passes and one T-shirt
Kowloon Komedy: Admission for four people
Kristen Vagliardo: Three sets of two Red Sox tickets
Laser Care Cosmetic Centers: Gift certificate
Legoland Discovery Center Boston: Eight Individual passes
Lexington Venue Movie Theatre: Two tickets
Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves: General admission for two adults and two kids
Lowell Spinners: Four ticket vouchers
Lyric Stage Company of Boston: Two tickets
Massachusetts Bay Lines: Complimentary passage aboard a sunset cruise for four passengers
Mass Audubon: Family membership
Mass MoCA: Four passes
Meletharb Homemade Ice Cream: One week of sundaes
Mendon Twin Drive-In: Two weekday drive-in passes
Merrimack Reparatory Theatre: Two tickets to the theatre
Michael's Hair Design: Gift certificate
Mount Sunapee: Two lift tickets
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens: Family pack of admission tickets
Nashoba Valley Ski Area: Two ski or snowboard lift tickets
Newbury Comics: Two gift cards
New England Aquarium: Eight tickets
New England Coffee Company: Coffee gift basket
New Repertory Theatre: Two tickets
New School Of Music: Gift certificate for four, 30-minute private lessons
New York Water Taxi: Two passes
Nippo Lake Golf Club: One 18-hole round for two people
Norman Rockwell Museum: Two guest admission passes
Old Town Trolley Tours: Two VIP passes
Omar's World Of Comics & Hobbies: Gift basket
Organic Garden Cafe: Gift card
Oriental Trading Company: Gift certificate
Papa Gino's: Two large pizzas
Picaboo: Five gift vouchers
Plimoth Plantation: Two passes
Poland Spring Resort: Four green fees
Polka Dog Bakery: Gift basket
Providence Bruins Hockey Club: Eight tickets
Puppet  Showplace Theater: Two tickets
Rochester Country Club: One 18-hole round for two people
Rock Spot Climbing: Family pass
Roger Williams Zoo: Four passes
Saco Bound Inc.: Gift certificate
Salon Laura Michaels: Gift card
Salon Monet: Haircut and product package
ScrubaDub Autowash Centers, Inc.: Five express wash coupons
Seasons 52: Gift certificate
Seekonk Speedway: Six tickets
Shear Madness: Four tickets
Short Path Distillery: Gift card
Sky Zone Everett: Gift certificate for five jumpers
South Shore Music Circus Voucher: Two tickets
Southwest Airlines: Four one-way flight passes
SpeakEasy Stage Company: Two tickets
Spectacle Management: Four tickets
Springfield Museums: Two tickets
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center: Four trail passes
Stephanie's On Newbury: Gift card
Story Land: Two passes
Swan Boats, Inc.: Ten passes
Tewksbury Country Club: One round of golf for four players
Tides Restaurant + Pub: Gift certificate
Topsfield Bakeshop: Gift certificate
The Art Corner: Gift card
The Beach Dog: Gift certificate
The Bike Stop: One child's and one adult's bicycle
The Briar Group: Two gift cards to Pubs and Anthem
The Butterfly Place: Gift certificate
The Cheesecake Factory: Two gift cards
The Daily Scoop: Gift card
The EcoTarium: Family pass
The Freedom Trail Foundation: Two adult tickets and two child tickets
The Gingerbread Construction Co.: Gift certificate
The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association: Four passes
The Mapparium: Four tickets
The Nonatum Resort: One-night stay
The Paint Bar: Gift certificate
The Peabody Essex Museum: Four tickets
The Preservation Society of Newport County: Two passes
The Salem Wax Museum: Two passes
The Steamship Authority: Two round trip tickets to Nantucket
The Watchmaker: Gift certificate
Total Wine & More: Wine tasting for 20 people
Triton Car Care Centers: Gift voucher
Turner's Seafood Grill & Market: Gift certificate
Upper Crust Pizzeria: Gift certificate
Via Lago Restaurant: Gift certificate
Vineyard Vines: One silk tie
Wachusett Mountain: Two tickets
Wayne Altman: Two Red Sox tickets
Wild Birds Unlimited: Hummingbird gift basket
Winchester Veterinary Group: Gift certificate for veterinary service
Winfrey's Fudge & Chocolates: Gift certificate for two pounds of fudge
W.S. Badger Company, Inc.: Gift basket
Xtreme Craze: Gift certificate
X1 Boston: Two Arrive & Drive Race packages for two and two restaurant gift cards
XV Beacon Hotel:One-night stay


GresciLive Auction Emcee, Lisa Gresci

Lisa Gresci is an Emmy nominated reporter for WBZ-TV. Throughout her time at WBZ-TV, she has helped the team cover major breaking news events and several Boston sports playoff and championship runs. Gresci is a Massachusetts native and is happy to be home! She grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts and very much enjoys her time volunteering for local organizations there including the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield. You can catch Lisa on WBZ-TV on multiple newscasts throughout the week. Often, Monday through Friday 5 p.m to 6 p.m. 

Michael Toby Tobas

Michael "Toby" Tobas

Tobas is a Boston based Caribbean Steel Drummer/Percussionist serving Massachusetts for over 15 years... Playing his soprano double pans, he has the ability to use music to stimulate the heart, a gift inherited from the oral tradition of his deep Caribbean roots.

vinyl street

Vinyl Street

Based out of Somerville, MA, Vinyl Street is a member of the Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) and performs pop, rock, and country covers throughout the Greater Boston area. 




Event Sponsors

Thank you to 2019 A Wild Affair sponsors, Stoneham Bank, Stoneham Ford and Weiss Farm sponsored by Donna Weiss.

Stoneham Bank  
Stoneham Ford  
Weiss Farm  

2019 Host Committee

Thank you to our A Wild Affair 2019 Host Committee for their support.

Lisa Barras
Audrey Bedoucha
Rachel Bennett
Dave Caron
Ellen Curran
Thomas Dalton
Kim Doherty
Joe Gresci
Chrissie Griffin
Deborah Hogan
Janice Houghton
Ed Hurley
Charlotte Liu
Fran Mandeville
Cynthia Mead
Courtney Ready
Cari Roche
Victoria Sutherland
Greg Tocco
Donna Weiss

Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Dave Caron at or 617-989-3760 for more information.