The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association raised nearly $1.2 million at its annual “Beastly Ball” benefit on May 18.
More than 800 guests attended the fundraiser, which honored oceanographer, explorer and author Dr. Sylvia Earle. Dubbed “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker, Earle has dedicated her life to protecting the ocean and its wildlife. GLAZA also recognized Glen Curado, founder and CEO of the World Harvest Charities and Family Services, with its inaugural Conservation Hero Award, and honored retired GLAZA President Connie Morgan for her 16 years of service to the Los Angeles Zoo.
“Saturday’s event was a tremendous success and we are so grateful to our community who came out in support of GLAZA and the L.A. Zoo,” said interim GLAZA President Dawn Petersen-Amend. “The monies raised this past weekend go towards many important programs, including education to enhance the public’s understanding of the challenges facing wildlife and the need for conservation action.”
“Beastly Ball” guests, dressed in safari casual attire and enjoyed an evening stroll that began in the zoo’s Australia section. Animals on display included Tasmanian devils, western grey kangaroos and cassowaries. Participants also enjoyed zookeeper talks, entertainment, beverages and samples from many of Los Angeles’ well-known restaurants, and local wine and artisanal spirit purveyors.
The event culminated with a program focused on the event’s honorees, followed by a live auction benefitting the zoo’s conservation and habitat protection programs. For information, visit lazoo.org.
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