Formally established in 1976, the Women's Board of Lincoln Park Zoo is comprised of about 80 active members from Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The Women's Board was created and organized to provide supportive funds and service to The Lincoln Park Zoological Society and to aid the Society in its efforts to improve Lincoln Park Zoo.
The Women's Board hosts the largest fundraiser for Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo Ball, which consistently raises more than $1,000,000. The Board is now raising funds to maintain this community treasure in Chicago.
The Women’s Board recently completed its $1 million pledge to Regenstein Macaque Forest. Over the years, the Women’s Board has contributed more than $24 million to help the zoo complete projects including Nature Boardwalk, the Waterfowl Lagoon and scenic overlook, Regenstein Center for African Apes, the East Gate entry plaza, and the Kovler Lion House outdoor exhibit.
Current list of the members of the Women's Board of Lincoln Park Zoo
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.
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ZooLA (Zoo Live Auction) is an intimate evening attended by approximately 200 guests, featuring a live auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception. The party unfolds in a beautiful private club, setting the stage for a very personal, philanthropic experience.
The select and limited number of items featured at this very elegant affair are luxurious, rare, unusual and often exclusive to Lincoln Park Zoo. Past items include exotic trips to Africa, Asia and Europe, wine tastings at world-leading vineyards, custom couture, dazzling haute jewelry, stays at breathtaking golf and ski homes, in-home dinners prepared on site by celebrity award-winning chefs and other rare and unusual experiences. The last Live Auction raised over $260,000 for the zoo.
Guests at the Zoo Live Auction are affluent and sophisticated. The party appeals to business, social and civic leaders who have attended most of the black-tie events in the city and crave a more intimate setting. While guests indulge in delicious treats and tempting treasures, they generously support one of Chicago’s cultural gems.
The Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo along with zoo educators annually host the Science Celebration, the culmination of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Young Researchers Collaborative program. This event provides a venue for students from a diverse range of Chicago-area schools to showcase science projects developed as part of an educational partnership between the zoo and the surrounding community, which supports classroom teachers in guiding students through the development of original research projects.
Approximately 200 students participate in the program and present their findings at the Science Celebration. The event is open to the public, giving students the opportunity to share their findings with their peers, their families, scientists, guest speakers and other community members.
Your gift supports exemplary animal care, worldwide conservation efforts and exceptional education programs.
More than a third of the zoo’s operating budget comes from direct philanthropic contributions like yours, keeping our doors free and open every day of the year!