Excessive heat warnings didn't keep hundreds of local foster kids away from the Buttonwood Park Zoo last night, as the Friends of Jack Foundation and local sponsors helped throw them an exclusive mid-summer party.

A total of 513 children, accompanied by their foster parents, showed up for a night in their honor at the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

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The Friends of Jack Foundation rented out the zoo for the night. The zoo was closed down, the carousel was fired up, and the guests of honor were SouthCoast children that might not otherwise enjoy an evening like this.

The cost of every part of their night was covered for both the foster kids and their accompanying adults.

On The Go Catering in Mattapoisett brought in trays of kid-friendly food like chicken tenders, mac & cheese, hot dogs, and even cotton candy. They were all offered at no charge.

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Acushnet Creamery scooped four different flavors of ice cream and Artisan Bake Shop served up hundreds of cupcakes. Again, all desserts were provided at no charge.

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The night was capped off by performances from the Toe Jam Puppet Band and Cool Banana Wig. Both bands got the kids up and dancing with an interactive show. The kids loved every minute of it.

Josh Souza

The big hit of the night was when Spider-Man and all of the princesses arrived!

Josh Souza

The Friends of Jack Foundation is dedicated to raising the level of healthcare here on the SouthCoast for all children. To find out how you can help, visit friendsofjack.org.