Event Tickets

Event Venue

Get ready for an incredible Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards gala! The 2017 gala is being held August 19 at the San Diego Zoo.

The San Diego Zoo is a 100-acre zoo that is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies and has a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. Your park ticket (which you will receive upon arrival) allows you to enter the zoo after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 and tour the zoo either by public bus tour or the Kangaroo bus. Your ticket will also provide you with access to ride the Skyfari Aerial Tram and to regularly scheduled public entertainment. Just don’t forget to be in the Zoofari Party area at 6:30 for the Next-Generation Pharmacist award reception.

2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Event Entertainment

The evening will include an exotic animal encounter during the reception. As part of the awards program, attendees will enjoy entertainment from award-winning mentalist and magician Craig Karges. Karges has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Larry King Live, as well as CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel, El Entertainment Television and CNBC.

Craig Karges, entertainer


6:30 – 7:20 PM: Welcome Reception
7:30 – 9:00 PM: Dinner/Awards Ceremony
9:00 – 11:00 PM: Dessert Reception

Complimentary entry into the zoo begins at 4:00 p.m. for attendees. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Zoofari Party area which is located on Front Street by the Reptile House.


We have a limited number of rooms available at the Renaissance San Diego as part of the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards room block. Rates are $199.00/night (standard guest room), plus state and local taxes (currently 12.77%). If you are interested in reserving a room, please indicate this during the registration process.


Transportation beginning at 3:45 p.m. will be provided to the Zoo from the Renaissance San Diego, 421 W B Street, San Diego every 15 minutes until 6:00 p.m. Return transportation to the Renaissance will begin at 9:30 p.m. and run until 11:00 p.m. Taxi service is also available at your expense.
Free parking is available at the San Diego Zoo.


Business attire is suggested for the awards gala. Please reference pictures from previous galas available on our site.

Event Ticketing

Printed tickets will not be sent in advance. Upon arrival at the Zoo, you will need to check in at the Next-Generation registration desk to obtain your tickets for entrance into the zoo and your name badge.

Age Requirements

There are no minimum or ID requirements. However, you or your guest must be over 21 to drink alcoholic beverages. If you are bringing young children, please provide their age during the registration process.

Where can I contact the organizer with questions?

Please contact Cathy Somerville at or (919) 433-4423.