Hanna re­turns to Ba­nana Ball

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Chattanooga’s wildest party is back for the Chattanooga Zoo’s 80th an­niver­sary.

The zoo will host its an­nual Ba­nana Ball on Saturday, Oct, 14, at the zoo, 301 N. Holtz­claw Ave. Ad­di­tion­ally, the sixth Ba­nana Split party will be held for kids ear­lier that day at the zoo.

Saturday’s ac­tiv­i­ties will kick off with the Ba­nana Split event from 10 a.m. un­til noon.

Chil­dren are in­vited for a pre­sen­ta­tion by spe­cial guest, Jack Hanna, and his an­i­mal friends, face paint­ing, a bounce house, goody bags and sweet ba­nana splits.

Tick­ets are $ 25 per per­son for zoo mem­bers, $30 for non­mem­bers.

The Ba­nana Ball will be­gin at 5 p. m. with an open bar and hors d’oeu­vres, along with tra­di­tional African mu­sic and dance by Mawre & Co.

From 6 to 7 p. m., the adults will get their chance to hear celebrity guest Hanna, fol­lowed by an­i­mal en­coun­ters.

Din­ner will be catered by Lee Tow­ery, Sur­round Sound Band will play and a cigar bar will of­fer sig­na­ture, hand- rolled cigars.

Ba­nana Ball guests will also have the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence an­i­mal paint­ings, adopt their fa­vorite zoo an­i­mal and learn about the Chattanooga Zoo’s cap­i­tal cam­paign, Reach­ing Great Heights.

Rec­og­nized as Amer­ica’s fa­vorite zookeeper, Hanna has made count- less tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances since 1983 on shows such as “Good Morn­ing, Amer­ica,” “The Late Show with David Let­ter­man,” “Larry King Live,” “The Late Late Show with James Cor­den,” “The View,” Fox News and CNN news pro­grams.

“Jack Hanna’s An­i­mal Ad­ven­tures” ran for 10 years and is still in syn­di­ca­tion. The Colum­bus Zoo and Na­tion­wide I nsurance part­nered to spon­sor the Emmy Award- win­ning “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” and a show on ABC, “Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.”

PHOTO BY RICK PREBEG

Jack Hanna

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