What is the Hoot & Howl?

This is a fundraising benefit unlike any other. A secret back entrance to Happy Hollow through Danny’s cave, 3 signature cocktails, private access to the park playgrounds after hours, 7 foodie stations by PSRT, up close animal encounters, complimentary photo booth by The Laugh Box, dancing, bathtub racers, Happy Hollow “Lounge”, and a sake bar from Yuki Sushi at the top of the Redwood Lookout. The Pacific Fruit Express rollercoaster will be open. All your favorites from last year, plus some new surprises. Leave the kids at home, and party with the animals after dark.

When is the event?

Save the date: it’s Saturday, September 6, 2014, 6:00-10:30 p.m., at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

Who benefits?

The Hoot & Howl supports all areas of park & zoo growth.  Some of the accomplishments made possible through Happy Hollow Foundation support include bringing back the Crooked House, launching the Summer Animal Show, exhibit renovations, providing scholarship to Title 1 schools, and Species Survival support, highlighting “Get Sophia a Boyfriend!”. Click here to read about Sophia’s dating life, one of our initiatives from 2013. This fiscal year we will be adding a new attraction to the amusement collection!

How can I help?

Get your party posse into gear and be a Safari Captain! Your group of eight will have a great night out at this much-talked about Silicon Valley event, and will enjoy the satisfaction of supporting animals, conservation, education and a favorite San Jose institution. Safari Captains will be listed by name on event signage, and will receive a pith helmet at the Hoot & Howl to let everyone know of your VIP status. Download a Safari Captain packet by clicking here.

Get your company involved! What a unique way to express Corporate Philanthropy. This is the perfect place for employees to play together, support a San Jose legend, and have a company party without anyone from staff having to organize the details (we’ve done that for you). Join PSRT, West Valley Construction, San Jose Water Company, Tivo, DGDG, Johanson & Yau Accountancy, Lewis & Tibbitts, Star One Credit Union, R& B Company in supporting San Jose’s iconic community park & zoo. Call Heather Lerner for details on sponsoring (408) 277-3498 or download a Hoot & Howl Sponsorship packet by clicking here.

Commodore of Captains:
Charlie McCollum
Laura Henderson
Rene Castellino
Jessica Poyner
S. Paige Liu
Valley Heating and Cooling
Susannah Greenwood
Andy & Heather Lerner
Diana Miller
Hydroscience Engineers
Waterworks Engineers
West Valley Construction
The Schoennauer Company, LLC
San Jose Flea Market
Karen Francetic

Vanessa Fiske
Eric and Anna Heckman
Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation
Cindy and Rob Newberry
Dave and Angela Delgado
Catharyn Schroeder
Chris and Gene del Pilar
Craig Vondemfange
Kirk Walukiewicz
Marianne and Carl Salas
Jill Holdaway
Elizabeth Adie
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Garden City Construction
Meg Fitts


Enjoy a photo slide show from last year’s Hoot & Howl!



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