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Black Tie:

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

The VIPs: 

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.

The Highlights:

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 Cause:

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 Patrons:

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.


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