GLAZA’s 46th Annual Beastly Ball Honors Patricia and Stanley Silver & Ed Begley, Jr.


May 23, 2016


Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association Beastly Ball 2016 honoree Ed Begley, Jr. with LA Zoo sloth

Ed Begley, Jr. with L.A. Zoo sloth (Photo by Jamie Pham)

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) 46th Annual BEASTLY BALL is set for Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6 p.m., under the stars at the Los Angeles Zoo, celebrating the Zoo’s essential work while honoring wildlife supporters/long-time GLAZA donors Patricia and Stanley Silver and actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., who receives the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award. Guests, invited to dress in “safari casual” attire, stroll through the Zoo after hours observing animals, watching feedings, chatting with keepers, viewing small Zoo residents up close, and enjoying entertainment, dancing, a visit to the Zoo’s special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo exhibit and dining on bountiful fare provided by some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. Also featured is a live auction as well as a silent auction with mobile bidding, comprised of hundreds of remarkable items and one-of-a-kind opportunities. The Beastly Ball, known as “one the most important fund-raisers” (LA Times) and “one of the best parties in Los Angeles” (KCBS TV News), traditionally attracts nearly 1,000 attendees and raises more than $1 million annually for the Zoo’s animal conservation, education, and community outreach programs.

Patricia and Stanley Silver, whose passion for wildlife has impacted creatures around the world, have been donors to GLAZA for nearly 20 years, supporting key capital projects such as the Children’s Discovery Center, Campo Gorilla Reserve, Elephants of Asia, Red Ape Rain Forest and the Rainforest of the Americas. They have traveled the world to experience animals in the wild, and their support extends to numerous other charities in all fields. Patti’s lifelong enthusiasm for wildlife began when her father took her on safari to Africa, and she has visited gorillas in the wild with Dian Fossey. Particular passions for the couple include giraffes (they named the Zoo’s male “Leo” after Patti’s father, Leo Guthman), orangutans and gorillas, among many others. The Silvers are former owners of Fred Segal Feet, which they ran for over 40 years. Patti had a magical eye for forward fashion, introduced many collections in this country for the first time and was inducted into the shoe industry Hall of Fame, joining other distinguished designers. The Silvers’ art collection includes many museum pieces, and their spectacular baseball memorabilia collection features 1,100 autographed baseballs representing every player in the hall of fame and every World Series and All-Star program.

Begley’s accomplishments epitomize the spirit of the Mankiewicz award, which recognizes entertainment industry professionals for outstanding leadership in local or global wildlife and environmental conservation, or for efforts to promote civic pride and harmony in the community. Moving easily among feature, television and theatre projects, his films include Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow’s Pineapple Express, Christopher Guest’s A Mighty Wind, Best In Show and For Your Consideration, as well as Batman Forever, The Accidental Tourist, The In-Laws and many others. On television, he just completed Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight and has appeared in recurring roles on classic shows ranging from St. Elsewhere to Six Feet Under, Arrested Development and Boston Legal, among many others. Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader for many years. He serves on the boards of Green Wish, the Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists and is also active with many other organizations. His work has earned awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

Ed is the sixth recipient of the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award, following singer/philanthropist Lance Bass (2015), entertainment industry attorney Ken Ziffren (2014), actresses Pauley Perrette (2013) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (2012) and rock icon Slash, a GLAZA Trustee (2011). The award was established in memory of former GLAZA Chairman Tom Mankiewicz, a beloved and highly regarded film and television writer and director. Mankiewicz, who passed away in 2010, was associated with such films as Superman, Diamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die, and the Hart to Hart television series, among many others. He championed the cause of saving and protecting wildlife and the environment through education and on-the-ground conservation. He also promoted the Zoo’s universal appeal and its accessibility as a gathering place for all in Los Angeles’ diverse communities.

Animals showcased at the Beastly Ball include the Zoo’s new Tasmanian devil brothers, those representing the Zoo’s variety such as wombat, sugar glider, echidna, bettong, Komodo dragon, wallaby and cassowary; residents of the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) ranging from archer fish, Grey’s monitor and poison dart frogs to Chinese giant salamander, green mamba and Gila monster; and some of the Zoo’s most popular animals: orangutans, harbor seals, alligator, elephants and gorillas.

Among the iconic restaurants donating their services for dinner at the Beastly Ball are Antonio’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Buttermilk House Catering, Canelé, Celestino Ristorante, El Cholo – Los Angeles, El Coyote Mexican Café, The Federal Bar, Hard Rock Café, HNINA, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Modern Bite, Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs, Simmzy’s, Sparkling Treatz, Sugar Babies Cupcakery, Taix French Restaurant, Taste Of The Wild Catering At The Los Angeles Zoo, and Yummy Cupcakes.

Highlights of the live and silent auctions include a private screening of Star Trek Beyond for up to 20 guests on the Paramount Studios lot; an all-inclusive seven-night stay at St. James’s Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia; an “LA Rams Experience” with tickets to the home opener and an opportunity to name the Zoo’s bighorn sheep lamb; and an “LA Flight Package” with an LAPD helicopter ride-along for two and an opportunity to be a Zoo “Bird Show Keeper” for a day, as well as many others.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at 5333 Zoo Drive at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Tickets to the Beastly Ball are $1,000 per person, with individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities at higher levels also available. For tickets and information, call (323) 644-4753.

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