Zoo Ball is Lincoln Park Zoo’s largest fundraiser hosted by the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Since its inception in 1977, Zoo Ball has raised millions of dollars for a wide range of capital projects at the zoo and has annually drawn more than 1,000 civic and social leaders from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Most importantly, its reputation as “THE party of the summer,” according to Chicago Magazine, holds true year to year.
Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both locally and globally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member supported organization and the nation’s only free, privately-managed zoo housing more than 900 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild.
Zoo Ball 2014, Monkey Business
The elegant soirée—the preeminent fundraising gala of the Chicago summer social season—raised more than $1.2 million. Proceeds go toward the Women’s Board’s efforts to support major zoo developments including the new Regenstein Macaque Forest, an improved west entrance, the new Lionel Train Adventure and an expanded plaza around Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café.
Approximately 850 guests attended the elegant event, which featured Japanese motifs influenced by the Japanese snow monkeys who will reside at Regenstein Macaque Forest. From Asian-inspired cuisine to cherry blossom decor accents, a Far East sense of refinement prevailed. In addition to the sumptuous dinner, dancing, raffle and silent auction, whimsical elements delighting guests included Garrett Popcorn Shops popcorn, Jeni’s Ice Cream, and photo flip-book stations by A Little Scene.
Thanks also to Grand Patron Sponsor J.N. Pritzker/Tawani Foundation/Pritzker Military Museum & Library; Technology Sponsor Lathrop & Gage LLP; raffle donors Bochíc, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel), Paul Stuart and Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue; and Media Partner Make It Better for their generous support.