Los Angeles Zoo Beastly Ball

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Beastly Ball Brings In $1 Million After Hours at the Los Angeles Zoo


In celebration of the soon-to-come “Rainforest of the Americas” habitat, the legendary Betty White, comedian Jimmy Pardo, Lisa Ling, Valerie Bertinelli and another 400 partygoers communed with the animals at the June 15 “Beastly Ball.”

Taking place after-hours and under the stars, the June 15 affair raised more than $1 million for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and honored Pauley Perrette, aka Abby Sciuto of TV’s “NCIS,” and Wells Fargo.

Dressed for a safari, guests strolled through the grounds, observing the Zoo’s inhabitants, watching animal feedings, chatting with keepers and viewing small animals up close. While enjoying Latin music, guests danced and dined on bountiful food provided by L.A. restaurants.

GLAZA president Connie Morgan and Los Angeles Zoo director John Lewis recognized Wells Fargo for its pivotal community philanthropy. Kevin Frazier, co-anchor of OMG! Insider, presented the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award to Perrette, a long-time advocate of the Los Angeles Zoo.


Top photo:  NCIS star Pauley Perrette, recipient of the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award, gets to know a hedgehog at the Los Angeles Zoo BEASTLY BALL (Photo, Jamie Pham)

Second photo: GLAZA co-chair Betty White sits between zoo director John Lewis, left, and  Richard Lichtenstein at the Los Angeles Zoo BEASTLY BALL (photo, Jamie Pham)

Third photo:   From left, Keeper Elaine Chu and Griffy the grey owl meet Richard Pink and Gloria Pink of Pink’s Hot Dogs at the Los Angeles Zoo BEASTLY BALL (photo, Jamie Pham)

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Los Angeles Zoo Beastly Ball

Published July 6, 2013 – Society News LA