Auctions Speak Louder Than Words

Mobile bidding for Sunset at the Zoo silent auction starts today

June 1, 2015


The Detroit Zoo’s mobile bidding option for the Sunset at the Zoo silent auction begins June 1, 2015.  Bidders can submit offers in advance on their smartphones through GiveSmart and need not be present at the event on June 12 to participate.  

More than 25 silent auction items are up for bid at Sunset, including a Gevril watch, a weekend at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, a diamond solitaire necklace, and a chef-prepared sushi and sake night at home.  Sponsored by Ilitch Holdings, Inc., the auction also features such “zoonique” experiences as the opportunity to have breakfast with the butterflies, mingle with the macaronis and rendezvous with the rhinos at the Detroit Zoo.

To view the complete catalog of silent auction items and participate in mobile bidding, visit  Bidding will close at 10:30 p.m. on June 12; winners will be announced shortly thereafter and will receive a confirmation text on their phones.

Themed “Summer Chill” in celebration of the Detroit Zoo’s future Polk Penguin Conservation Center, Sunset at the Zoo takes place from 7 to 11:30 p.m., rain or shine.  The Zoo closes at 1 p.m. on June 12 in preparation for the festivities.

Presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, Sunset offers a strolling supper with tastes of signature dishes from 40 of the area’s finest restaurants as well as desserts and zoo-themed specialty drinks.  The event also features a live auction, live entertainment, dancing under the stars and access to many of the Zoo’s award-winning animal habitats as the sun goes down.

Supporter tickets for the 21-and-older soiree are $175 per person.  Patron tickets are $300 and include a VIP reception, sponsored by DeMaria Wharton-Smith JV, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 12.  For information and tickets, visit