The 43rd Annual Beastly Ball: Benefiting the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association is coming. The Gala will occur on Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6:00 pm at the Los Angeles Zoo. Time to get you safari groove on for strolling through the Zoo after hours observing its inhabitants, watching animal feedings, chatting with keepers, viewing small animals up close, enjoying entertainment by Central and South American music groups, dancing, and dining on bountiful fare provided by some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. The cooler night is likely to bring more animals out into the open, so this is a great opportunity.
Among the restaurants which have donated food for the Beastly Ball include the following:
- El Cholo – LA
- El Coyote Mexican Café
- Garnish Café & Glorious Gourmet Catering
- Jersey Mike’s Subs (La Canada, Pasadena, South Pasadena)
- Pink’s Hot Dogs
- Taix French Restaurant
- Yummy Cupcakes
- Celestino Ristorante
NCIS actress Pauley Perrette, who is a long-time advocate of the Los Angeles Zoo, will be receiving the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award, which honors entertainment industry professionals to recognize outstanding leadership in local or global wildlife and environmental conservation or for efforts to promote civic pride and harmony in the multi-cultural community. Also featured are silent and live auctions with hundreds of remarkable items and one-of-a-kind opportunities, with comedian Jimmy Pardo serving as MC and auctioneer. New this year is “Bash before the Ball,” a pre-party soiree featuring animals, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a “meet and greet” with Ms. Perrette.
Our beloved Emmy award-winning actress and all around Golden Girl, Betty White Ludden, is a co-chair of the Board of Trustees of the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA). For over four decades, GLAZA has funded exhibits, plant and animal species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo helping it become an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.
Gallery Photographs by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix
Tickets to the Beastly Ball are $1,000 per person, plus an additional $500 for “Bash Before the Ball”. The Beastly Ball is GLAZA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with nearly 1,000 attendees GLAZA expects to raise over $1 million for Zoo projects.
Check out the Ball Auction Guide here!