The scene: The party got wild at the Chicago Zoological Society’s 34th annual bash at Brookfield Zoo (8400 W. 31st, Brookfield), where guests got up close and personal with friendly critters like a lemur, flamingo and penguin April 25.
The invite list: Inspired by the zoo’s Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibit, Wild Wild Whirl featured a three-course dinner by Jewell Events Catering and music by Maggie Speaks. Later, auctioneer Jason Lamoreaux led a paddle raise and live auction, which showcased items like a trip to South Africa and pieces from A. Marek Fine Jewelry.
The bottom line: The event raised $1.4 million to support the animals at Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation and education programs.
Splash was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the Chicago Zoological Society up to a total of $25,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
Photos by Jim Schulz and Aanna Chase