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. In 2012, the Ball raised the largest amount in the event’s history, grossing $1.2 million for the zoo. 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 2013: "Wild at Heart"
Everyone loves a love story. This one begins nearly 150 years ago when a beautiful pair of swans was donated to what has become Lincoln Park Zoo. On July 12, 2013, get ready to join in the fun when we celebrate the magnificent wildlife of the zoo we all love so much at Zoo Ball 2013: “Wild at Heart.”
Guests in elegant evening attire will stroll among the zoo’s wild denizens. Who doesn’t love our giraffes, zebras and polar bears? Be on the lookout for splashes of lion gold, peacock blue and kinglet ruby red. Pose for photographers on hand to capture the moment.
Head for the Wild at Heart Lounge where tables topped with animal prints create a chic scene. Sip a bit of champagne or a cool glass of Zoo Ball Love Potion. Get ready for some wild bidding when you lose your heart to an amazing array of auction items ranging from romantic tropical getaways and collectible wines to fantasy adventures.
The roar of the zoo’s big cats will beckon guests to a stunning dining pavilion accented by the warm glow of glittering candles. Make your way to tables dressed in everyone’s favorite symbol of love – roses – but don’t be surprised by the vivid colors of wild flowers. One of Chicago’s top chefs will find the way to your heart with gourmet delights and fine wine.
There will be nothing tame about the Zoo Ball dance floor where guests will dance to “Wild Thing” or enjoy a little cheek-to-cheek to the sounds of “How Deep is Your Love?” Indulge your heart’s desire with after dinner cordials, sweet treats and coffee.
As this chapter of the Wild at Heart love story comes to an end, don’t be surprised if you’ve fallen in love all over again with Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo and its amazing animals.
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