At the annual gala Zoobilee, guests of the Women’s Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo celebrated 150 wild years of conservation and connection.
THE PARTY The summer evening was a roaring success, thanks to a crowd ready to celebrate the Lincoln Park Zoo’s first 150 years and excited to contribute to the next 150. Stunning decor by Erin McDonald Design and delicious food by Jewell Events Catering put guests in the mood to dance to the ever-popular Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra. THE PEOPLE Women’s Board President Caroline Huebner shared proud remarks honoring the beloved institution’s 150-year anniversary, as well as welcoming guests including Lincoln Park Zoo President and CEO Kevin Bell and chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo board of trustees Biff Bowman. THE PINNACLE The event’s silent auction showcased incredible prizes, including a one-week stay at a Breckenridge condo and a Lake Michigan excursion aboard a Catalina sailboat. In total, the gala raised more than $1.2 million in support of the zoo’s upcoming Searle Visitor Center. -Leah Pentecost
Photos by Robert Carl, Alain Milotti and John Reilly