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      Palm Beach’s Wildest Night from page 1

        “Thank you, everyone,
      for contributing to the most
      successful gala – ever – to
      help save wildlife here and in
      the wild,” said Kessler.
        Quick added, “For more
      than 50 years, Palm Beach
      Zoo has been committed to
      animals and our community
      in bringing wild, wonder-filled
      experiences to underserved                         Thomas  C.  Quick  and  Stephen Myers and Terry   Stephen Schwarzman and  Christopher  and Anne
      children whose only chance                         Michele Kessler         Taylor                    Margo McKnight          Flowers
      to experience rare and  Deborah Dauman  and
      endangered animals is at the  Suzanne Johnson      zoo. Our bold vision is to create the zoo of the future with   Crackle and Perus made cameos in photo moments all in
                                                         world-class animal experiences for every guest, the utmost in   support of the zoo’s mission of inspiring people to act on
                                                         animal well-being and expertly designed spaces where irresistible   behalf of wildlife and the natural world.
                                                         connection and conservation action can happen.”     Sandy and Patrick Rooney Sr. received the Gala
                                                           Guests of the evening enjoyed a festive cocktail reception,   Stewardship Award during the evening’s festivities. As
                                                         followed by haute cuisine dining, a lively auction and dancing to   leaders in our community, the Rooneys exemplify dedication
                                                         the sounds of Chris Norton. Before sitting for dinner, guests had   and generosity through both action and philanthropy.
                                                         the opportunity to go on an expert-guided express tour around the   For nearly two decades, the Rooneys have shared their
                                                         zoo, where jaguar Fiona, Alyssa the Baird’s tapir, giant anteaters,   fondness of the zoo and for wildlife with the community,
                                                         squirrel monkeys and more delighted along the way.   their many friends, and loved ones, including their beloved
                                                           The gala also connected guests to some of the zoo’s most   grandchildren. Sandy Rooney shared, “From the beginning
                                                         notable denizens. Animal encounters included greetings by   of time, the balance of the world depends on how animals,
                                                         Wilbur, the celebrity sloth, an African-crested porcupine   plants, and humans are intertwined so that the system of life
                                                         cocktail mingler followed by a Chilean flamingo trio that led
      Lillian and Luis Fernandez  Carla and Terry Taylor  gala guests to the dance floor. Scarlet and hyacinth macaws   Palm Beach’s Wildest Night on page 5


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