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Wildlife Conservation Society Spring Gala

Allison Stern
Gala co-chair Allison Stern.

Ann Unterberg
Gala co-chair Ann Unterberg.

On May 17, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) held its annual Spring fundraising gala, SAFARI! Madagascar.  Five hundred guests mingled around the sea lion pool and dined under tents decorated in the spirit of Madagascar.  The After Party, hosted by the Society's Conservation Council, drew over 1,000 to the Zoo for dancing under the stars to the beat of DJ Tom Finn. Over $1.3 million was raised.

Co-chairs of the Gala were Allison and Leonard Stern, Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein, Darlene and Brian Heidtke, Ann and Andrew Tisch, Anne and Thomas Unterberg, Priscilla and Ward Woods.

Specially trained keepers handled a menagerie of small animals during cocktails.  These included:  Karma and Nachman –Wallabys, Frankie the Sloth, Orville the Alligator, Froggie the Frogmouth bird, Zack the Cockatoo, a Fennec Fox, an Armadillo and a Monitor Lizard.

This year's gala celebrates the efforts of WCS conservationists who are saving endangered species and habitats in the island nation of Madagascar.  WCS has worked in Madagascar for more than 13 years, collaborating with government and local communities to foster sustainable use of natural resources both on land and at sea.

Andrew Tisch and Ann Tisch
Gala co-chairs Andrew and Ann Tisch.

Clarissa Bronfman and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

Howdy Phipps and  Leonard Stern
Howdy Phipps and co-chair Leonard Stern.

Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Rossellini.

Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander.

Deborah and Allen Grubman, Muffie Potter Aston, Bettina Zilkha
Deborah and Allen Grubman,  Muffie Potter Aston, Bettina Zilkha.

Cynthia Lufkin and Dan Lufkin
Cynthia and Dan Lufkin.

Hilary and Wilbur Ross
Hilary and Wilbur Ross.

Gianluigi Vittadini, Allison Stern and Ed Rollins
Gianluigi Vittadini, Allison Stern and Ed Rollins.

Andrea Stern and Ken DiPaolo
Andrea Stern and Ken DiPaolo.

Dana and Scott Schiff
Dana and Scott Schiff.

Bonnie Lautenberg and Adrienne Vittadini
Bonnie Lautenberg and Adrienne Vittadini.

Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner
Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner.

Photos: © Patrick McMullan. Image 15: Mary Hilliard
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