2009 Annual Bonza Bash

Bonza Gold VIP

NEW: Skip to the On-Night Logistical Details

Due to popular demand, this year we’re launching the Seattle Aquarium Society (SEAS) Bonza Gold VIP Package. We’re super excited to offer this fantastic VIP package for the first time at a Black Tie Bonza Bash! Upgrade your Bonza Bash experience to First Class and be a guest of The Seattle Aquarium Society for this once in a lifetime invitation only experience.

To ensure the best possible experience, we’re strictly limited in the number of VIP guests that we can accommodate. Request an invitation where you purchase your tickets on Shindigg.com.

For those of you who already have your VIP tickets, here’s what you’re in store for…

  • No Lines! no matter what time you arrive, there will be an exclusive check-in, personal coat check, and dedicated private bar in the exclusive VIP lounge, complete with cocktail service.
  • Exclusive VIP event! Your evening starts a little earlier than everyone else’s with exclusive VIP cocktail party at 7pm. You’ll get early access to the Aquarium and the VIP Lounge, meeting & mingling with our other VIP guests.
  • Plenty of Scrumptious Eats & Drinks! Enjoy chic hors d’oeuvres by world renowned chef Betsy Davidson in addition to our event-wide menu of tasty Aussie treats. The VIP lounge will have an extensive selection of elegant nibbles, a champagne toast upon arrival, fully hosted wine tastings all night (or until we run out) and two additional complimentary drinks of your choice from the private VIP bar.
  • Behind-The-Scenes Aquarium Access! Join a Seattle Aquarium marine biologist for an extraordinary “behind the scenes” tour of the Aquarium facility, at your leisure throughout the event
  • VIP Lucky Door Prize! Win something really cool just for turning up!
  • Seattle Aquarium Special Gift! As a special Thank You for your generous support, we will present each VIP guest with a complimentary signature Seattle Aquarium Riedel wine glass commemorating the event
  • $25 Tax Deductible Donation Included – your ticket price includes a tax-deductible $25 donation to the Seattle Aquarium Society.
  • Plus More!!! We will have MORE to reveal about the Bonza Gold VIP package as we get closer to the event!

Seattle Aquarium Society Bonza Gold VIP tickets are now on sale for a price of $125/ea. With the built-in donation, you’re really paying just $100 for this amazing experience. If you’ve already purchased your ticket, you can upgrade it for just $80 (if you picked up some early bird special tickets, you’ll be saving money).


We’re absolutely committed to making sure our VIP guests have a fabulous experience. If you purchase a Seattle Aquarium Society Bonza Gold VIP ticket and feel like you haven’t gotten your money’s worth, and for whatever reason don’t have a simply first class, extraordinary experience – come find one of our staff at the checkin desk during the night and we’ll happily refund the difference from your regular ticket (excluding the donation to the Aquarium)!

Purchase Tickets

Request an invitation while purchasing your tickets at Shindigg.com.

On-Night Details

For those of you who have already upgraded to VIP, you’re in for a very special night indeed; here are some of the details you’ll need to know.

VIP Only Cocktail Reception

As a VIP, your event starts early – we’ll be having a VIP only cocktail reception from 7pm to 8:30pm. You’ll be greeted with a champagne toast on arrival, have an opportunity to sample some delightful nibbles, meet and greet with the other VIPs plus get a rare opportunity to interact with some of the Aquarium’s top Marine Biologists.

Not only that, but we’ll be conducting a special tour of the Aquarium – you’ll get a behind-the-scenes access that most people never to get see.

One lucky guest who joins us for the cocktail reception will win a lucky door prize. We’ll let you know what that is later, but suffice to say it’s definitely worth arriving early for this event :).

Please note, while there will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres, this isn’t a sit down dinner. We’d probably recommend having a light meal before hand, but don’t get too full – you’re going to absolutely love what Executive Chef Betsy Davidson has created for you (I know, I did the tasting the other day 🙂 and the hors d’oeuvres will be available to you throughout the night.

We hope you join us for this special cocktail reception!

VIP Checkin

No matter what time you arrive at the Bonza Bash, we’ll have a special checkin line exclusively for the use of our VIP guests.  Use this line and avoid having to wait!

The VIP Lounge

We have reserved the Mezzanine level overlooking the Great Hall as the VIP lounge, for the exclusive use of our VIP guests all night. You’re welcome to come and go from here as you please all night long and we encourage you to explore the rest of the Aquarium. The VIP lounge will provide you with a great vantage point overlooking the main dance floor in the Great Hall.


The VIP lounge will contain a private bar, exclusively for the use of VIP guests. In addition, there will also be cocktail service, so if you feel like lounging around while we have someone grab your favorite beverage for you, be our guest 🙂

We’ll also be hosting a wine tasting all night long. You’ll get the opportunity to enjoy some Aussie, as well as local wines. We’d like to extend a special thanks to our amazing donor, Cascade Trade, who is making the hosted wine tasting possible throughout the night.

Each VIP ticket includes the hosted wine tasting all night, a champagne toast on arrival and 2 drink tickets to be used at your leisure. After that, a cash bar will be in operation.


Any questions? Feel free to contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help you.