The charity is looking for a headline sponsor as well as unique lots for the auction on the glittering fundraising night.
The inaugural Snow Ball was a huge success and raised £20,000 at the award winning park, which is a major force in the protection of endangered species around the world. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception and four course dinner in the Tsavo Lodge accompanied by live music and followed by an auction.
Foundation Trustee Cheryl Williams: “The first Snow Ball was a fantastic success and we couldn’t have done so well without the generous support of local businesses. Now we are determined to make sure this year’s raises even more money. This year we thought that we would offer the opportunity for a local business to be the headline sponsor for the event before we start to promote this flagship event for the Foundation – as well as supporting the great work of the Foundation, it will provide significant exposure for a local company through our many promotional channels”
The headline sponsor package is £5,500. There are also opportunities to sponsor one of the four courses (£1,500 each) or donate prizes for the grand auction. Last year’s lots included a first ever Polar Bear Experience at YWP, break on a super yacht in Porto Montenegro, a mini break at Victoria Falls with a safari River Chobe cruise, a Doncaster Racecourse private box for 20 and accommodation at the Crown Hotel, Bawtry, a flight over YWP in a private plane, tour of the Emmerdale set as well as two Wembley Football Final tickets and other prizes.
Ms Williams added: “Every penny raised will go to vital conservation and welfare projects so it is important we raise as much as we can.” This year the spectacular pre-Christmas evening will be on November 14 – tickets will be on sale from 30th September.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Branton is home to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation which was set up in 2013 to fund animal welfare and conservation supporting species such as Amur Leopards and Tigers, Polar Bears, as well as the most endangered carnivores in Africa, the Painted Hunting Dog. It has also supported welfare projects in Vietnam.
The aim is also to advance the education of the public in relation to the conservation and welfare of exotic and endangered wildlife both in the wild and in captivity. The Snow Ball will round off a series of successful fundraising days during 2015, including Animal Action Day and this Sunday, 27th September International Tiger and Leopard Day.