Saturday night (5/9), The Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo hosted their annual Zoo-Ologie fundraiser under the tents, steps away from the king of the jungle, a napping Sahar the African lion. The chill of the cool Chicago night did not deter these budding philanthropists, who by day are medical and law students, real estate brokers, dean of students and more and by night dance floor dominators thanks to the band The Personnel. Through the Kovler Lion House the night began, as guests checked out some of the zoo animals while tasting food from the restaurant partners. This years theme encouraged guests to don masks.
The VIP reception kicked off this year’s SOLD OUT Zoo-Ologie which treated guests to an exclusive VIP Animal Experience. Upstairs in the Café at Wild Things, VIP guests swayed to DJ Rock City, enjoyed the flowing open bar and food from Tavern on Rush and Hubbard Inn. The night progressed as more guests arrived checking out the plethora of silent auction items from a Breakfast & Brunch package, exclusive shopping at Alice + Olivia, Chicago In White package and more. Additionally, some dropped their raffle tickets in for a chance to win one(or all) of the three major raffle items: pair of 3 day lollapalooza tickets, A staycation at Hotel Lincoln and two roundtrip United Airlines tickets for travel in Europe.
Restaurants such as Duck Inn, Bottlefork, Sprinkles, Morton’s, Frontier Chicago were stationed under the tent with tastings of some of the dishes on their full menu; coupled with the open bar, guests were ready to party and the band, The Personnel brought it. For those 80s babies that were into the pop music of the 90s, which was a good amount of those in attendance, the dance floor area was the spot. They covered songs from The Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, to Third Eye Blind and had guests singing and dancing along. Whoever on the planning committee suggested them, good call.
No visit to Lincoln Park Zoo is complete without a ride on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, bringing out the inner kid in you.
The night concluded with theVIP Post-Party at The J.Parker at Hotel Lincoln.
Its great to see that organizations like Lincoln Park Zoo recognizes and acknowledges the importance of auxiliary boards not just in a financial contribution sense but also as the legacy of the organization’s future. Lincoln Park Zoo President Kevin Bell could be seen mingling with some guests during parts of the evening and Women’s Board president Kim Theiss was also in attendance supporting the next gen leaders who I am told have full access to the women’s board members as well.
UPDATE: The event raised $202,197! Impressive for a junior board event.
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