State briefs for May 18
OKC Zoo plans date nights this June
Date Nights are planned from 6 to 10 p.m. every Thursday in June at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Most of zoo will be open for couples 21 and older to explore together, enjoying Oklahoma sunsets and a multitude of activities.
In addition to exploring wildlife at dusk, Date Night attendees can participate in beer and wine tastings, a sea lion presentation, dance lessons, karaoke, outdoor games and keeper chats with zoo animal experts who will share the unique courting rituals of some of the zoo's most popular animals. The full menu at Lotus Pavilion will be available for purchase, as well as selections from a special outdoor grill at the Devon picnic grounds overlooking Zoo Lake.
The June 20 event will be Pride Date Night, celebrating inclusion and Oklahoma’s LGBTQ community. This is one of the happenings during Pride Week in Oklahoma City, June 17-23.
Date Night tickets are available at okczoo.org/datenights. To learn more, call 405-424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.
Fundraiser set to help liver transplant patient
A spaghetti luncheon, raffle and bake sale to support Oklahoma City resident Stacy Baker begins at 11:30 Saturday at Meadowlake Farms Clubhouse, 10800 Silo Ridge Road. The event is sponsored by the National Foundation for Transplants, a nonprofit that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.
Baker was diagnosed with acute liver and kidney failure. After three failed attempts, she received a liver transplant in February and now looks forward to a full recovery. The average liver transplant costs more than $740,000. Insurance covered a portion of the costs, but Baker still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need anti-rejection medications, which are expensive and critical to her survival.
Lunch tickets cost $10, and raffle tickets begin at $5 for one ticket. They can be purchased at give.transplants.org/teamstacybaker or at the door. People also can make a tax-deductible donation online at www.transplants.org. Donors should click on “Find a Patient” to locate Baker.