On May 20, nearly 1000 guests turned out for the Beastly Ball sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA). The 50th annual fundraiser raised a record-breaking $2.85 million for the L.A. Zoo.
This year’s signature fundraiser featured a performance by legendary guitarist and noted wildlife advocate Slash, in an exclusive live concert joined by special guests Jack Black, Grace Potter and Bernard Fowler, backed by Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band (Conan O’Brien Show). The concert was in a whole new location – the area that was previously occupied by the popular Dinosaur’s exhibit was replaced with a huge, professional-level stage, big screens, auditorium like seating, and plenty of food and drink. Songs like “Jungle Boogie,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin,” “Born to Be Wild,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Immigrant Song” and “Gimme Shelter” all made the set list, and the crowd went wild.
A portion of this year’s proceeds are going to the zoo’s new Species Conservation Action Network (SCAN), which includes having a dedicated curator whose job will be to identify and respond to urgent animal conservation issues around the world. GLAZA President Connie Morgan and L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis bestowed the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award on the National Geographic Society, represented by President and CEO Gary E. Knell. The Mankiewicz Award was established in memory of the former GLAZA Chairman, a beloved and highly regarded film and television writer and director, who passed away in 2010. He championed the cause of saving and protecting wildlife and the environment through education and on-the-ground conservation. He also promoted the Zoo’s universal appeal as a gathering place for everyone in Los Angeles’ diverse communities.
Beastly Ball guests, many in ersatz safari attire, strolled through the Zoo chatting with the various keepers and observing its inhabitants enjoying their “dinner” hour. Zoo critters seen and heard were okapi, giraffes, chimpanzees, elephants, an orangutan, Nubian ibex, gorillas, a Grevy’s zebra, Tasmanian devils, koalas, Western grey kangaroos, just to name a few, and close up visits with smaller animals included a sloth, California condor, Lanner falcon, macaw, Angolan python, box turtle, skink, bearded dragon and many more.
Bountiful fare was provided to the human guests by some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants who donated their services for dinner: Antonio’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Celestino Ristorante, Earthbar, El Cholo – Los Angeles, Delicious Arts, El Coyote Mexican Café, The Federal Bar, Frida Restaurant Americana, Hard Rock Café, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Little Sister, Malbec Argentinian Cuisine, Red O, Salt’s Cure, Simmzy’s, Taix French Restaurant, Tart Bites Bakery, Taste Of The Wild Catering at the Los Angeles Zoo and Yummy Cupcakes. Viva XXXII Tequila donated tequila for the evening.Advertisement
Some items from the live and silent auctions included a 10-day journey on National Geographic’s Endeavour II to the Galápagos Islands; a chance to be a koala, gorilla or elephant “Keeper for a Day” at the L.A. Zoo; tickets to “Hamilton” at the Pantages; an exclusive tour of the DreamWorks studios; a set visit to the hit sitcom “Life in Pieces”; an LAPD fly along; trips to Panama, St. Lucia, Cabo, and Antigua, and an Epiphone guitar autographed by Slash.
A few in the crowd were GLAZA trustee and rock guitarist Slash, L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis and his wife, Debbie, GLAZA President Connie Morgan and her husband, Matt Golombek, Co-chairs Lori and Ted Samuels, Trustee Diann Kim and John Frank, Co-chair Richard Corgel and fellow committee members Beth Price, Brian Diamond and Jay Sonbolian. The only person missing from the perfect night was GLAZA Trustee Betty White!
The Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund (PACEF) hosted Hat-ti-tude with At-ti-tude, at their 9th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show held May 20, at the Pasadena Hilton. More than 250 guests, adorned with beautiful chapeaus and lots of attitude, enjoyed the reception, boutique shopping, purchasing tickets for the opportunity drawing and especially the incredible fashion show by Beverly Hills designer Kevan Hall, with his red-carpet designs and and beautiful models.
Co-chairs Jeane Ward and Deborah Williams planned the event and kicked off the afternoon with the introduction of President Yolanda Oliver, Emcee Cheryl Myers, and PACEF’s two $5,000 each scholarship recipients - Elise A. Logan, a senior at Pasadena High School and Ulani E. Mafate, a senior at John Muir High School. PACEF was chartered in 1998, as a non-profit organization to meet the scholarship needs of underserved minority students attending public schools in Pasadena.
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