November 18, 2020 at Fremont Studios

6:00 p.m.

VIP reception 5:30 p.m.



Thrive is Postponed Until November 18, 2020

Out of an overabundance of caution and in partnership with our board officers, we have made the decision to postpone our March 3 Thrive Wildlife Heroes Event to November 18, 2020. This decision to postpone our large gathering in an intimate space is one that we believe is made in the best interests of the health and welfare of our Thrive attendees.

We couldn’t be more honored to celebrate the extraordinary leadership of our 2020 honorees Lisa Dabek, PhD, Maggie Walker, Sound Community Bank and Elizabeth Leung, together with many of you, during an evening in which we come together to celebrate our collective support for our zoo’s conservation mission. We will update this page when a new date is identified.

The food prepared in advance for the event will be donated to local food banks. Had you been planning to make a Thrive gift to the zoo and still wish to do so at this time, please click here to make a gift online.



Featuring Conservation Leadership Award Honoree

Lisa Dabek, PhD


Celebrating Conservation Leadership

Thrive brings together 500 Puget Sound region business, community and conservation leaders, and local philanthropists and celebrates conservation action. We need nature and nature needs us. Thrive 2020 co-chairs Warren Brown and Patti Savoy invite you to support wildlife conservation with Woodland Park Zoo. Discover the innovations behind saving species, ignite your passions and act with us toward renewal. Thrive attendees contribute $400,000 in the critical funds needed to support the zoo’s field conservationists and save species in the wild.

Now, more than ever, we must focus on saving our forest habitats for the health of our planet. At this keystone Woodland Park Zoo fundraising event, sponsors and guests meet the field conservation scientists who are saving species in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, Papua New Guinea and around the world.

Thrive 2020 honors world renowned conservationist Lisa Dabek, PhD, Woodland Park Zoo Senior Conservation Scientist and Director of the Papua New Guinea Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program. In 1994, Lisa first traveled to Papua New Guinea to study the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo. Today, the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program is a model community-based conservation initiative that created the first-ever official Conservation Area in Papua New Guinea. Covering nearly 187,000 acres, the YUS Conservation Area has brought together 50 communities and more than 14,000 rural landowners to protect their cloud forests, wildlife and even coastal coral reefs.

In April 2020, Dr. Dabek and the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program were nominated for the IUCN Harold Jefferson Coolidge Medal! This prestigious award is for a lifetime's work inspiring conservation and future conservationists. This award is only given out every four years and recognizes truly exemplary work upholding the values and spirit of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

One way Dr. Dabek’s work has inspired future conservationists is her remarkable friendship with local third-grader Alessandra Sweeney. Lisa and Alessandra met because of their mutual love of tree kangaroos. In May 2020, Dr. Dabek reunited virtually with Alessandra to catch up on life, tree kangaroos, and to check out Alessandra’s book that she wrote about the furry marsupials.


Honoring Conservation Leaders

2020 Conservation Leadership Award Honoree Lisa Dabek, PhD
2020 Guy C. Phinney Corporate Leadership Award Sound Community Bank 
2020 Outstanding Philanthropic Leader Maggie Walker
2020 Emerging Conservationist Elisabeth Leung


These honorees are inspired to take extraordinary action to protect animals and the environment around them because of their relationship with Woodland Park Zoo, sustainability priorities and knowledge of our local and worldwide wildlife conservation efforts.


Why Attend / Support Thrive?

Woodland Park Zoo is here to save animals, and we can’t do it alone. Join our global community of advocates saving species and inspiring everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives. All funds raised at Thrive will further the work of our conservation scientists who save species and habitats in Papua New Guinea and around the world.







Unable to attend Thrive but want to support your zoo?

Gifts of all sizes make a difference!

Research reveals that people are healthier, happier, and perhaps even smarter and more creative when they are connected to nature. Simply put, nature makes us more human.

Woodland Park Zoo offers 92 lush green acres, buzzing with the energy of more than 300 animal species from around the planet, right here in the heart of our booming city.

As Seattle evolves as a dynamic, urban center, we need your help to ensure our zoo remains an oasis for nature play and rediscovering our humanity by connecting with animals that share our planet. Your support enables Woodland Park Zoo to lead more than 1.3 million visitors each year on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive and helps people take conservation action.

Thank you!




Your support enables Woodland Park Zoo to lead more than 1.3 million visitors each year on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive and helps people take conservation action.


Sponsorship Benefits

Through Thrive sponsorship, your company can align its corporate social responsibility goals and receive many other benefits such as:

  • Your company logo / name included on event collateral, including save-the-date and invitation mailing sent to over 3,000 community and philanthropic leaders in the Puget Sound region.
  • Sponsor logo / name recognition integrated into signage and video screens at Thrive.
  • Sponsor company logo / name included in event advertisements, including two in MyZoo quarterly membership magazine (40,000 print readership).
  • Company logo / name recognition integrated strategically in social media event promotion.
  • Company invitation to join us for the event, which is attended by 500 Puget Sound region business, community and conservation leaders, and local philanthropists. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with some of our region’s most influential community members.
  • An invite for your company’s employees to Woodland Park Zoo with a complimentary zoo membership for event sponsors and complimentary admission tickets to share with your employees or clients!
  • Tickets to the hottest summer concert series in town, ZooTunes.
  • VIP animal encounters which bring you eye-to-eye with the zoo’s most iconic residents.



See list of traditional Thrive sponsorship benefits

For more information regarding sponsorship, please contact:
Susan Bell, Corporate Engagement Officer     |     206.548.2439     |

Thrive Sponsors


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