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      Fundraising evenT from page 1

                                                         Mrs. Eva and H.E. Ambassador Meshal Al-Thani and                           Stephen  Schwarzman  and
                                                         Michele and Howard Kessler                        Sandra and Patrick Rooney Sr. Margo McKnight
      Deborah Dauman and  Thomas C. Quick and Michele
      Suzanne Johnson          Kessler

      chairs of the Journey to Africa Gala on Jan. 27 on the lush,
      tropical grounds of Palm Beach Zoo. Michele Kessler,
      chairman of the zoo’s board of directors, and Thomas C.
      Quick, board member, served as honorary chairmen for the
      event that raised a record-breaking $2.8 million in support
      of the organization’s conservation mission and bold vision.
        “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 children whose
      only chance to experience rare and endangered animals is at   Lillian and Luis Fernandez  Caroline and Thompson Dean  Sarah Johnson, Holly Johnson Bartlett and Lutes Bartlett
      the zoo. Our bold vision is to create the zoo of the future with
      world-class animal experiences for every guest, the utmost                                           For nearly two decades, the
      in animal well-being and expertly designed spaces where                                              Rooneys have shared their
      irresistible connection and conservation action can happen.”                                         fondness of the zoo and for
        Guests of the evening enjoyed a festive cocktail reception,                                        wildlife with the community,
      followed by haute cuisine dining, a lively auction and dancing                                       their many friends, and loved
      to the sounds of Chris Norton. Before sitting for dinner, guests                                     ones, including their beloved
      had the opportunity to go on an expert-guided express tour                                           grandchildren. Sandy
      around the zoo, where jaguar Fiona, Alyssa the Baird’s tapir,                                        Rooney shared, “From the
      giant anteaters, squirrel monkeys and more delighted along                                           beginning of time, the balance
      the way.                                                                                             of the world depends on how
        The gala also connected guests to some of the zoo’s most                                           animals, plants, and humans
      notable denizens. Animal encounters included greetings by                                            are intertwined so that the
      Wilbur, the celebrity sloth, an African-crested porcupine                                            system of life continues. By
                                                                                                           preserving wildlife for future
                                                         Candace Hamm, Frank Chopin and Carole Moran       generations, we guarantee
                                                                                                           them the right to live in a  Maura Ziska Christu, Frank
                                                        cocktail mingler followed by a Chilean flamingo trio that led   natural world.”   and Laura Baker
        Captain’s was established in 1980 servicing     gala guests to the dance floor. Scarlet and hyacinth macaws     Friends of the zoo, H.E.
        Palm Beach County and is a privately            Crackle and Perus made cameos in photo moments all in   Ambassador Meshal and Mrs. Eva Al-Thani; Marie-
        owned and managed company.                      support of the zoo’s mission of inspiring people to act on   Josée and Henry R. Kravis; Alison Holtzschue and
        Captain’s is committed to providing             behalf of wildlife and the natural world.          Douglas Schloss were also honored for their unwavering
        dependable, reliable and professional                                                              dedication, generosity and support of Palm Beach Zoo and
        ground transportation to and from all             Sandy and Patrick Rooney Sr. received the Gala
        South Florida Airports and Seaports.  PBCVH212  Stewardship Award during the evening’s festivities. As   Conservation Society.
           To reserve your vehicle:                     leaders in our community, the Rooneys exemplify dedication
        561-798-2180 or 800-634-7890  and generosity through both action and philanthropy.   Fundraising Event on page 8

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