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      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  the  zoo.  Our  bold  vision  is
      to create the zoo of the future with world-class animal   Mrs. Eva and H.E. Ambassador Meshal Al-Thani and                    Stephen Schwarzman and
      experiences for every guest, the utmost in animal well-  Michele and Howard Kessler                  Sandra and Patrick Rooney Sr. Margo McKnight
      being and expertly designed spaces where irresistible
      connection and conservation action can happen.”
         Guests of the evening enjoyed a festive cocktail
      reception, followed by haute cuisine dining, a lively
      auction and dancing to the sounds of Chris Norton. Before
      sitting for dinner, guests had the opportunity to go on an
      expert-guided express tour around the zoo, where jaguar
      Fiona, Alyssa the Baird’s tapir, giant anteaters, squirrel
      monkeys and more delighted along the way.
         The gala also connected guests to some of the zoo’s
      most notable denizens. Animal encounters included
      greetings by Wilbur, the celebrity sloth, an African-
      crested porcupine cocktail mingler followed by a Chilean
      flamingo trio that led gala guests to the dance floor.
      Scarlet and hyacinth macaws Crackle and Perus made
      cameos in photo moments all in support of the zoo’s   Lillian and Luis Fernandez  Caroline and Thompson Dean  Sarah Johnson, Holly Johnson Bartlett and Lutes Bartlett
      mission of inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife
      and the natural world.
         Sandy and Patrick Rooney Sr. received the Gala
      Stewardship Award during the evening’s festivities.
      As leaders in our community, the Rooneys exemplify
      dedication and generosity through both action and
      philanthropy. For nearly two decades, the Rooneys have
      shared their fondness of the zoo and for wildlife with the
      community, their many friends, and loved ones, including
      their beloved grandchildren. Sandy Rooney shared, “From
      the beginning of time, the balance of the world depends
      on how animals, plants, and humans are intertwined so

                                                         Candace Hamm, Frank Chopin and Carole Moran       Deborah Dauman and  Thomas  C.  Quick  and
                                                                                                           Suzanne Johnson         Michele Kessler

      Christopher  and Anne    Maura Ziska Christu, Frank
      Flowers                  and Laura Baker

                                                                                 Stephen Myers and Terry
                                                         Jack and Eileen Connors  Taylor
                                                                                                           Carla and Terry Taylor   Mei Sze and Jeff Greene
                                                         that the system of life continues. By preserving wildlife
                                                         for future generations, we guarantee them the right to      Palm Beach Zoo thanks the generous sponsors,
                                                         live in a natural world.”                         underwriters and community partners as well as specialty
                                                            Friends of the zoo, H.E. Ambassador Meshal and Mrs.   cocktail and wine sponsors Maker’s Mark, Sipsmith,
                                                         Eva Al-Thani; Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis; Alison   Dano’s Tequila, Tito’s  Handmade Vodka  and  Beverly
                                                         Holtzschue and Douglas Schloss were also honored for   Hills Vineyards award-winning Super Tuscan wine.
                                                         their unwavering dedication, generosity and support of      From Forest Stewardship Council  certified paper that
                                                         Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society.          protects forests for wildlife like bears to Bird Friendly
                                                            During this wild evening, guests were also treated to   certified coffee served with dessert that preserves habitat
                                                         Bold Vision, a short film narrated by best-selling author   for wild birds, and B Corporation certified spirit partners,
                                                         James Patterson.                                  Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society is living its
                                                            Jamie Niven conducted the lively live auction, which   wildlife-saving mission. The goal is to inspire all guests
                                                         included premier exclusive packages. Journey to Africa   to act on behalf of wildlife everywhere with wildlife-
                                                         guests bid on an African safari trip curated by James   protecting actions that can lead to big conservation impact.
                                                         Currie and Simon Gluckman of Intrepid Expeditions;      To join the zoo in its conservation efforts and to learn
                                                         Gustavo Novoa custom art donated by Findlay Galleries;   more, visit
                                                         a Jamaican fantasy luxury golf trip donated by Michele   About Palm Beach Zoo And Conservation Society
                                                         Rollins of Rose Hall; a sunset cocktail party aboard      For more than 50 years, Palm Beach Zoo and
                                                         superyacht  Kimberlie donated by Kimberlie Glaser as   Conservation Society has provided guests with up-close
                                                         well as Shannon McCoy of Worth Avenue Yachts; a   and personal animal encounters that connect people to
        Captain’s was established in 1980 servicing      private dinner party at the zoo for 26 guests donated by   wildlife. Palm Beach Zoo guests explore a wild ecosystem
        Palm Beach County and is a privately             Table 26; rare wine lots from 1961; and two owners’   thriving on 23 lush, tropical acres while discovering
        owned and managed company.                       tickets to Super Bowl LVII.                       hundreds of exotic animals. Palm Beach Zoo participates
        Captain’s is committed to providing                 Honorary Chairman Thomas C. Quick engaged the   in  AZA Species Survival Plan  programs, ensuring
        dependable, reliable and professional                                                              healthy animal populations for rare and endangered
        ground transportation to and from all            crowd with a call to the heart by raising additional
        South Florida Airports and Seaports.  PBCVH212   donations  to connect Title One children  to hands-on   species. The impact of a visit to Palm Beach Zoo extends
           To reserve your vehicle:                      education programs in the zoo’s “outdoor classroom.”   beyond the gates, inspiring people to take action and save
       561-798-2180 or 800-634-7890  Changing lives and saving wildlife requires a bold vision   wildlife in wild places. For more information, visit www.
                                                         and a big plan – and the zoo has both.  
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