THE 2017 BEASTLY FEAST PRESENTED BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND
Zoo Atlanta’s most spectacular evening of the year returns with “Moon over Kilimanjaro” on May 6
One of the Southeast’s most anticipated black-tie galas returns on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at The Beastly Feast to benefit Zoo Atlanta. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, serves as the event’s Presenting Sponsor, marking more than 30 years of consecutive support from the company.
The Beastly Feast, which has raised millions in operating funds for Zoo Atlanta’s conservation mission and education programs, is the Zoo’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year. The 2017 theme is “Moon over Kilimanjaro,” highlighting the splendor of the wildlife of Africa and Zoo Atlanta’s future focus on its Grand New View project, which will create an all-new African savanna for African elephants and other species.
“The Beastly Feast is the most spectacular evening of the year at Zoo Atlanta and is a vital source of support for the Zoo and its programs,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “Not only does the night showcase the Zoo at its most beautiful and inspirational, but it also has the potential to set Zoo Atlanta on an even brighter path for the future as we continue to evolve as world-class stewards of animals, sources of conservation action, educators for our children and leaders in the zoological community. We’re very grateful to our friends at Ford Motor Company for their truly remarkable longtime record of support for this event.”
Carol Abreu and Tony Brewer serve as the event’s 2017 Co-Chairs. Beastly Feast Executive Committee members are Hospitality Co-Chair Andrea Belfanti; Auction Co-Chair Sandra Edwards; Auction Co-Chair Matthew Simon; local Ford Motor Company representative and Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors Vice-Chair Mark A. Street; Theme Chair Judy A. Taylor; and Hospitality Co-Chair Patrick Wallace. Patron Chairs are Chris Casey and Doug Weiss; Jennifer and David Higgins; Barbara and Eric Joiner; Jade and Jack Slover; and Melody and Joe Thomas.
“We are very proud of the long-term partnership between Ford Motor Company and Zoo Atlanta. Partners like Zoo Atlanta build on our tradition of supporting and promoting education and sustainability to help make this a better world,” said Benna Logan, Ford Motor Company Fund. “I encourage our city’s corporate and community leaders to lend their support to an event that creates possibilities, not just for Zoo Atlanta but for the people of Atlanta and Georgia.”
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants and an evening stroll of the Zoo, followed by a seated dinner and dancing in the Zoo’s Ford Pavilion, which will be breathtakingly transformed by the creative talents of Tony Brewer & Company. A notable highlight of the event is its silent auction, featuring art, jewelry, antiques, home décor, travel opportunities, boxes at sporting and cultural events, exclusive Zoo experiences and much more. The 2017 live auction will feature a number of exclusive and exotic trips.
Advance reservations are required. Individual tickets are available beginning at $450. Tables for 10 are available beginning at $5,000. To inquire about the benefits of various tickets and tables, call 404.624.5836. Visit zooatlanta.org to learn more.
Zoo Atlanta will close early on Saturday, May 6, in preparation for The Beastly Feast. Ticket booths will close at 2 p.m.; Zoo grounds will close at 3 p.m.