PALM BEACH’S WILDEST NIGHT CELEBRATING
PALM BEACH ZOO BORN TO BE WILD DINNER
SELLS OUT AND RAISES NEARLY $1 MILLION
(January 30, 2012) –
The Breakers Palm Beach
was crawling with the wild and woolly Friday night,
January 20, but the colorful two-legged critters were
not in cages. They were the party animals attending the
Palm Beach Zoo Born To Be Wild Dinner Dance.
"Born to Be Wild" was the theme of Palm
Beach’s wildest night, chaired this year by Lillian
Fernandez, Karin Luter and Carol Mack with
Whitney Wood Bylin and Thomas C. Quick serving as
Event Chairmen and Samantha
Storkerson as Auction Chair.
Palm Beach Zoo President Andrew Aiken
reported that the party at The Breakers sold out
and raised close to $1,000,000,000 thanks in no
small part to the efforts of generous sponsors and
The nearly 500 guests had the opportunity to sidle up
with the animals in the hotel courtyard during cocktails
and bid on luxury items after dinner with legendary
auctioneer, Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s making the
call-outs. After the successful auction, revelers
danced the night away to Heatwave who had the
entire party on the dance floor.
The theme for the 2012 event was a most
appropriate choice honoring the arrival of the three
Malayan tiger cubs born in May. Last year, the Palm
Beach Zoo was one of only two institutions to
successfully breed Malayan tigers. In Partnership with
Panthera and the Wildlife Conservation Society
through their Tigers Forever project, The Palm
Beach Zoo is proud to be a part of a global effort to
help protect tigers and their habitat.
Tigers are nearly gone and three
subspecies of tigers are already extinct. The worldwide
wild tiger population has dropped from more than 100,000
in 1900 to fewer than 3,200 today. The World Wildlife
Fund estimates that at the current rate of decline,
tigers will be extinct within a generation.
Host Committee members included:
Mr. and Mrs. Kane Baker, Ms. Lavinia
Baker, Mr. Donald Burns and Gregory Connors, Mrs. Kim K.
Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Roberto de Guardiola, Mr. and
Mrs. J. Pepe Fanjul, Jr., Mrs Tina Fanjul, Mr. and Mrs.
James Fifield, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Freitas, Mr. and Mrs.
Timothy Gannon, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Goldsmith, Mrs. Robert
M. Grace, Mrs. Martin D. Gruss, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Busch
Hager, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William Hamm, Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Kessler, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Lamb, Mr. and Mrs.
Timothy Malloy, Mrs. Talbott Maxey, Mr. and Mrs. Dale
McNully, Mr. and Mrs. James Meany, Mr. Stephen Myers,
Mrs. William Pitt, Ms. Patricia Quick, Ms. Tiffany
Reborn, Mr. and Mrs. John Raese, Mr. and Mrs. Michael
Ramos, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Rooney, Sr., Mr. and Mrs.
Wilbur Ross, Mrs. Frances Scaife, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Van der Grift.
Proceeds from Born To be Wild will help
the zoo to advance its mission to protect wildlife and
wildlife habitat, and to inspire others to value and
conserve the natural world.
The Palm Beach Zoo has become a national
leader in conservation and endangered species survival
and is committed to the highest professional standards
of animal care, providing high quality exhibits and
facilities that sustain its growing collection of
wildlife. Since 1969, the Palm Beach Zoo has been a
place where children can participate in an open-air
classroom of living creatures while fostering an
awareness, appreciation, and respect for animals. The
Palm Beach Zoo is one of the largest educational
institutions in Palm Beach County, reaching more than
100,000 individuals over the past year alone. The Palm
Beach zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals and is
nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and
Aquariums (AZA). For more information on the zoo, please