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Tropical Safari Gala
Lillian Fernandez, Michele Kessler, Whitney Bylin .  Photo by:  Capehart Photography
Lillian Fernandez, Michele Kessler, Whitney Bylin 
Photo by Capehart Photography
Tropical Safari Gala,
Palm Beach’s Wildest Night Raised a Record-Breaking $1.6 Million for the
Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
Palm Beach, FL-(February 3, 2017) Close to 500 guests attended the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s annual gala on January 27, 2017 in Palm Beach.  Themed, “Tropical Safari,” Palm Beach’s wildest night included a poolside cocktail reception where guests came face-to-face with some of the Zoo’s most fascinating animals, dinner in the magically transformed Ballroom by Tom Mathieu, and dancing to the electrifying party-band, the Sultans of Swing.  Whitney Bylin, Lillian Fernandez and Michele Kessler served as Chairwomen of the Tropical Safari Gala that raised a record-breaking $1.6 million for the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.  Candy Hamm was Honorary Chairwoman. 
Guests of the black-tie gala bid on exclusive auction items that included a stunning photograph by David Yarrow, the best-selling wildlife photographer in the world, Super Bowl tickets and center courtside seats at Wimbledon.  Guests were also treated to an exclusive debut of On the Brink: How a Small Zoo is Saving Species on the Edge of Extinction, a short film created by Board Member and Event Co-Chair Whitney Bylin, an accomplished documentary film writer, producer and director, who secured best-selling author James Patterson as narrator, and Brian Bayerl as cinematographer.
This special evening honored Kim K. Campbell with the 2017 Stewardship Award for her passion and generosity.  Kim's steadfast support continues to further the Zoo's mission of conservation and promote its many programs.  
Friends of the Zoo- Dragana Connaghton, Ozzie Medeiros, Eddie Schmidt, and Samantha Fairchild Storkerson were also honored this evening  for their ongoing support, and dedication to the Zoo.
Benefactors included: Wild Thing- Candy and William Hamm III, Michele and Howard Kessler.  King of the Jungle-Eileen and Jack Connors, Lillian and Luis Fernandez, Florida Crystals and the Fanjul Family, and Claire M. Levine.  Presenting Sponsor- JP Morgan Chase Bank.  Gold Sponsors-Vanessa and Anthony Beyer, Julie and Mike Connors, John and Cyndy Fish, GRAFF, Ann and Charles Johnson, Martha and Kenneth Kessler, Gretchen and Howard Leach, Carole and John Moran, Sandy and Pat Rooney, Sr., and Noreen Zanft.  Silver Sponsors: AMG, Whitney and Eric Bylin and Atlantic Creek Real Estate Partners, Bank of America, Kim Campbell, Mary and Marvin Davidson, Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone, The Florida House Experience, Florida Power & Light Company, Mei Sze and Jeff Greene, Gunster, Charlotte Henessey, Vicky and Sam Hunt, Darlene and Jerry Jordan, Jorie Butler Kent, The Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, Nicola and Jeffrey Marcus, Kochman & Ziska, PLC and Nievera Williams Design, Nicola and Jeffrey Marcus, JoAnna and Stephen Myers, Betsy and Gary Nabel, Nivera Williams and Kochman & Ziska, PLC, Mary and Mandell Ourisman, The William H. Pitt Foundation, Moninka and John Preston, Ann and Christopher Quick, Wendy and Paul Raether, Katharine and William Rayner, Rich and Suzanne Van Nostrand, Sharma and Paul Schacknow, Leezy Sculley and Margaretta Taylor, Kitty and Stephen Sherrill, and Findlay Galleries.  Bronze Sponsors-Jessie and Rand Araskog, Janet and Stephen Barr, Ruth and Ted Baum, Cynthia and Theodore Berenson, Whitney and Eric Bylin, Brenda and David Callaway, Kie and Haigh Cundey, Mrs. John R. Donnell, William Flaherty, Kate Ford and Frank Chopin, Paul B. Edgerley, Rosemary and Carlos Ferrer, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Diana and Peter Gonzalez, Ellen and Ian Graham, Nancy and Holcombe Green, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Ellen and Bob Jaffe, Sandra and Jeremiah Lambert, Frayda and George Lindemann, Jocelyn and Robin Martin, Katherine and William McKnight, Peggy and Dudley Moore, Nederlander Organization, Sallie Phillips, Katharine and William Rayner, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Ammanda and Jeffrey Salzman, Frances G. Scaife, Amanda and Charles Schumacher, Heidi and Scott Schuster, Elizabeth and Paul Shiverick Lois and Ronald Snyder, Joyce Sterling, U.S. Trust and Jane and Dean Woodman.

Underwriting Sponsors included: Exclusive Jewelry Sponsor- GRAFF. Décor Sponsor-Ann and Charles Johnson, and Thomas C. Quick.  Cocktail Hour Sponsors-Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder. Program Sponsor-Shannon Fairbanks.  Video Sponsors- Jessie and Rand Araskog, Audrey and James Foster, Sandra and David Mack, Samantha and Christopher Storkerson and Maureen and Wayne Squibb.  Gift Bag Sponsors-Florida Crystals, Lori Jayne Monogramming, and Tammy Fender.

 Environmentalists-Andrew Aiken, Sharada and Donald Alducin, William L. Bernhard, Nancy Brinker, Eileen and Brian Burns, The Conners Foundation, Howard Cox, Emilia and J. Pepe Fanjul, Stephanie and Lawrence Flinn, Diana and Bill Gray, Katharine Pillsbury Jose, Mariana and George Kaufman, Antoinette Guerrini-Maraldi and Hans Kertess, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation, Kitson & Partners, Anna and William Mann, Melissa and Christopher Morley, Lucia Musso, Lynn and John Pohanka, Daniel Ponton, Renee and Donald Scott, Jr., Jane and John Shalam, Eleanor and John Sullivan, and Roberta and Stephen Weiner.

Proceeds from Tropical Safari Gala will help the Zoo to advance its mission of inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world.

About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
To learn more visit www.PALMBEACHZOO.ORG  or call 561.533.0887.

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