On July 11, come on down to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y. for this all-new event to raise funds for Make-A-Wish. The event, Walk on the Wild Side, honoring the Heitkamp family, runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Walk on the Wild Side has something for everyone in your family to enjoy. On top of the day’s events, those who raise a minimum of $250 even have a chance to win a Disney trip for four! All of the proceeds from the day will benefit Make-A-Wish Central New York. This brand new event is sure to become an annual favorite, so get your tickets today to be a part of the first one. 

Admission Details

Tickets are on sale now! Advance Sale Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 for children ages 5 to 10. Children four and under are free! You can get tickets at the door too at a rate of $20 per adult and $15 per child. Advance Sale Tickets are available at the Solvay Bank Box Office at The Oncenter (760 S. State St.), by phone at 315-435-2121, at ticketmaster.com, or at the Make-A-Wish Central New York Offices.

Prizes, Games And More

Each event ticket includes zoo admission, kids’ crafts and games, music and entertainment from Amy of 93Q, a safari adventure with a prize wheel, and on top of all that, one Blue Ticket for the prize bucket of your choice. The prize buckets include items from Syracuse Crunch, Billy Beez, Revolutions, Polar Express, and Dave & Busters, as well as Disney On Ice and Disney Live tickets from The Oncenter and Dinner with Custom Taylor Band + Concert Admission.

The biggest prize you can win at Walk on the Wild Side is the Disney trip for four, including airfare, hotel accommodations and park passes. To be eligible to enter this drawing, participants must raise a minimum of $250. Each additional $250 raised will give you one additional Golden Disney Ticket to enter in the drawing, as well as two Blue Tickets that can be entered in the prize bucket drawings. 

Fundraising Opportunities

Need a little help raising the funds for your Golden Disney Tickets? You can set up a fundraising page at the Wild Side website so that your friends and family can contribute to your fundraising goal. By raising enough funds for this event, you can receive up to five additional Golden Disney Tickets! Here are the fundraising levels:

  • $75-$250: three Blue Tickets
  • $251-$500: one Golden Disney Ticket and five Blue Tickets
  • $501-$750: two Golden Disney Tickets and seven Blue Tickets
  • $751-$1,000: three Golden Disney Tickets and 10 Blue Tickets
  • $1,001-$1,250: four Golden Disney Tickets and 12 Blue Tickets
  • $1,251-$1,500: five Golden Disney Tickets and 15 Blue tickets

More Ways To Grant Wishes

Can’t attend the event? There are still lots of ways you can help Make-A-Wish grant more wishes. If you’d like to support the Walk on the Wild Side event, you can make a general donation on their website, or support an attendee by donating to their fundraising page on the website.

Did you know that you can also donate your unwanted vehicle to benefit Make-A-Wish? Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish Central New York, accepts vehicles in any condition and the proceeds from your donation go toward granting more wishes for children in your community who are facing critical illnesses. Simply fill out an online vehicle donation form or call 1-877-431-9474 to donate. Whether it’s through attending the first Walk on the Wild Side, making a donation to the event, or donating your vehicle, you can make a huge difference in the life of a child today!