July 12, 2011
Beastly Feast Fangdango
An Atlanta Zoo To-Do
- Photos by Jim Fitts
Beautiful creatures in black tie strolled the grounds of Zoo Atlanta during the annual spring gala chaired by Christy and Mark Roberts
Co-Chairs Christy and Mark Roberts, Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Raymond King, 11Alive MC’s Karen Greer and Chesley McNeil.
The Scene Makers:
Atlanta animal-lovers and philanthropists turned out in haute herds, many clad in animal print, to celebrate and partake in the wild life, including: Charles and Ginny Brewer, Jerry and Dotty Smith, Merry and Chris Carlos, Mayor Kasim Reed, Tommy and Ann Jackson, Terry and Mark Street, Charmain Ward and Moses Brown.
Fang-dango was the theme of this year’s fundraiser, which referenced the recent Complex Carnivores exhibit, and feasting was a prime element of this fête. As guests roamed the Zoo during sunset cocktails, they sampled fine hors d’oeuvres by local restauranteurs such as Parker’s on Ponce, The Shed at Glenwood, W Midtown, Straits, and Rathbun’s. After admiring the animal exhibits, party-goers settled in to the vibrant orange Ford Pavilion with safari-like décor and rustic twig chandeliers by Tony Brewer and Company. Patrons feasted on a three-course dinner provided by Proof of the Pudding, followed by live and silent auctions, dancing, and the sporting of a few savage visors.
The gala successfully hit the $1 million fundraiser mark for the 14th consecutive year with all proceeds benefitting various Zoo Atlanta programs such as education and conservation.
The Ford Motor Company Fund was the presenting sponsor of this year’s gala and Ford Motor has been a longstanding supporter of Zoo Atlanta since the opening of the Ford African Rain Forest in 1985.