Palm Beach Zoo supporters flocked together and headed “South of the Border” last Friday, May 10th for the Zoo’s third annual spring “Do at the Zoo” fundraiser.
This year’s fundraiser raised over $100,000, with all proceeds helping to advance the Zoo’s mission to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world. The Palm Beach Zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals and is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The evening featured a delicious array of finger foods provided by area restaurants including: Cha Cha’s, Echo, Imoto at Buccan, Leopard Lounge, Malcolm’s: The Art of Food, Palm Beach Zoo’s Tropics Café, PB Catch, PDQ, Rooney’s Public House and Table 26.
BACARDI, USA, Inc. was once again the exclusive cocktail sponsor and provided fully staffed bars with professional bartenders and servers who traveled from Miami to serve hand mixed Bacardi cocktails. The evening highlighted a Cazadores Tequila ZooRita, a specialty cocktail created by BACARDI specifically for the event.
Guests danced the night away under the stars in the Zoo’s beautiful Mayan Plaza to music pumped out by celebrity DJ Adam Lipson. Not to be missed were the countless animal encounters and behind-the scenes tours of the bear, jaguar and bush dog habitats.
Mary Baker and Susanna Hager served as honorary chairs with Whitney Bylin, Thomas C. Quick and Ashley Ramos serving as Event Committee Chairmen. Host Committee included Debbie Dunkin, Lourdes Fanjul, April Finch, Mary Freitas, Candy Hamm, Michele Kessler, Patrick Killian, Emily Mateer, Lauriston V. Segerson, Maura Smith, Linda Soper, Kelly Stenzel, Samantha Storkerson and Maura Ziska.
The Palm Beach Zoo wishes to thank the evening’s sponsors: Frederick & Gale Alger, James Berwind, Eric & Whitney Bylin, CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, CHRISTIE’S, Eric Christu & Maura Ziska, Luis & Lillian Fernandez, Steven & April Finch, Florida Power & Light Company, Mark & Mary Freitas, Mr. & Mrs. William Hamm, III, Lawrence & Michele Herbert, Charles & Ann Johnson, Howard & Michele Kessler, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Lisa H. Peterfreund, Thomas C. Quick, Michael & Ashley Ramos, and U.S. Trust.