Happening at the Zoo

Kane Baker, Mary Baker, Susanna Hager, Loy AndersonKane and Mary Baker, Susanna Hager, Loy Anderson.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – A moonlit night and Baccardi models in their signature red dresses ushered in “Do at the Zoo – South of the Border,” the Palm Beach Zoo’s annual spring fundraiser.

The sold-out event was hosted by Mary Baker and Susanna Hager, with Whitney Bylin and Tom Quick serving as co-chairs.

Binkie Orthwein, Anastasia Coleman

Binkie Orthwein, Anastasia Coleman

The festivities were held in the zoo’s Mayan Plaza. Guests had the opportunity to meet the zoo’s full-time residents – accompanied by zookeepers – and a lucky few were able to go behind the scenes for close visits with bears, tigers, and jaguars.

Cocktails (for supporters) were provided courtesy of Bacardi USA and a movable feast was catered by area restaurants including The Bonefish Grill, Cha Cha’s, Imoto, Outback Steakhouse, PB Catch, Café Sapori, Echo, the Leopard Lounge, the Palm Beach Zoo’s Tropics Café, and Rooney’s Public House.

Bacardi USA had dedicated “Bacardi bars” throughout the party, which included Bacardi bartenders serving up a full complement of spirits. Guests were treated to south-of-the-border cocktails featuring the Bacardi-owned premium Tequila, Cazadores.

The host committee members included Lourdes Fanjul, Tory Grauer, Ashley Ramos, April Finch, Patrick Killian, Lauriston Roach, Mary Freitas, Emily Mateer and Samantha Storkerson.

Jane Grace, Kim Campbell

Jane Grace, Kim Campbell

Presenting corporate sponsors at the May 4, 2012, program included Bacardi USA, C-Biz, Christie’s, Florida Power & Light and Maisie’s Daisies.

All proceeds from “Do at the Zoo – South of the Border” help the zoo advance its mission to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world.

The Palm Beach Zoo, at 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, is home to more than 1,400 animals and is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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A portion of the proceeds from various zoo fundraisers are dedicated to a tiger exhibit planned for the zoo. This exhibit is being designed to enhance the habitat of the three Malayan tiger cubs born a year ago.

Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography.

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