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Beastly Ball

May 20, 2017
6 p.m.


Special Concert by
Slash & Friends

Live and Silent Auction

Special Animal Experiences

Fine Cuisine


Gary E. Knell
National Geographic Society

Honorary Chair

Mayor Eric Garcetti


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The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's

Beastly Ball

May 20, 2017

Special Concert by

Slash & Friends

Join us at Los Angeles’ favorite gala as we celebrate the L.A. Zoo’s 50th Anniversary and look to the future. Stroll throughout the Zoo grounds while visiting with the animals, enjoying music, sampling fine cuisine from some of the best restaurants in town, and bidding on silent auction items. GLAZA Trustee and rock legend Slash, accompanied by some very special friends, will close the evening with an exclusive concert under the stars.

Slash & Friends

Slash— the iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer— has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a Grammy Award and seven Grammy nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine recently named Slash #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list.

In addition to being a rock legend, Slash is also a long-time Trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.

At this year’s Beastly Ball, Slash, backed by Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band (Conan O’Brien Show), will team up with special guests Jack Black, Grace Potter, and Bernard Fowler to perform a mix of blues and R&B at an exclusive live concert at the Zoo.

For those not able to attend in person, Live Nation, NextVR, and Citi, will exclusively broadcast the entire concert in virtual reality.

More about Slash

Slash helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim with Slash’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver before embarking on his own solo career.

Slash landed on the top of the charts again with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie, Myles Kennedy and more. Shortly after, he then formed his solo band: Slash: Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators featuring Myles Kennedy on vocals, Brent Fits on drums, and Todd Kerns on bass. Together they have toured all over the world for the past 6 years.

In 2016, Guns N’ Roses shocked the world and announced that the three original members, Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagen would reunite and perform a series of hugely successful shows including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. That was quickly followed by stadium shows across the US, Mexico, Japan, Australia and more, with more dates in the UK, Europe and the US to continue in 2017. Dubbed the “Not in This Lifetime Tour”, Guns N’ Roses (featuring Axl, Slash, Duff, along with Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reece) have played to sold out audiences around the globe making it one of the most successful tours of 2016/2017.

More about Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band

Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band is the house band for Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show Conan which debuted on November 8, 2010. Guitarist and arranger Jimmy Vivino is the group’s leader. Group members include Jimmy Vivino – bandleader, musical director, guitar, arrangements, vocals, Scott Healy – keyboards, occasional guitar, Mike Merritt – bass guitar, Mark Pender – trumpet, acoustic guitar, vocals, Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg – trombone, percussion, vocals, Jerry Vivino – saxophones, flute, clarinet and James Wormworth – drums, percussion.

2017 Honoree

In celebration of the Los Angeles Zoo’s 50th Anniversary, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association is pleased to recognize our special friends and champions at The Beastly Ball on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award Recipient

National Geographic Society

Accepted by

Gary E. Knell, President and CEO

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit

Program Book

Live Auction

Go Wild at the Los Angeles Zoo – the Definitive LA Zoo Experience

If you love animals, awesome events, and great food, this is the ultimate experience! With activities ranging from Keeper for a Day to a private evening experience for 10 throughout the Zoo, this package keeps the Zoo magic going all year long.

More about Go Wild at the Los Angeles Zoo – the Definitive LA Zoo Experience

First, become a zoo keeper for a day – get up close to your favorite animal and experience the full range of keeper duties. Then, make your child a superstar when Zoo Director John Lewis talks to his/her class about what it’s like to run a zoo.  Back in Griffith Park, enjoy a complete LA Zoo ticket package that includes: two tickets to each summer Roaring Nights event, Brew at the Zoo, and a Sustainable Wine Dinner; four tickets to be used any night during the LA Zoo Lights 2017-18 season; and a complimentary Safari Society package with invitations to special events throughout the year! The coup de grâce is an incredible Zoo culinary experience for 10 that includes a behind-the-scenes animal encounter, keeper meet-and-greets, photo opportunities, cocktails, and sustainably-crafted plates at three different Zoo locations. As you wrap up your evening, everyone will receive a plush ADOPT an Animal package that supports the Zoo’s conservation programs. This definitive Zoo experience will keep the Zoo magic going all year long!


“Keeper for a Day” animals subject to availability, limited to 1 participant, must be fulfilled by 12/2017; participant must be 13+ years of age (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult); reservations must be made 30+ days in advance. Zoo Director visit must be in the greater L.A. area and fulfilled by 12/2017 on a date mutually agreed upon. Event tickets are valid for 2017 only; bidder receives 2 tickets to Roaring Nights (6/23, 7/21, 9/15), Brew at the Zoo (8/4), Sustainable Wine Dinner (6/8); must be 21+ to attend 6/8 and 8/4, must be 18+ to attend 7/21 and 9/15. Safari Society package benefits are limited to the Giraffe Tower level for 1 year.

Donors: A Taste of the Wild Catering at the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

The Ultimate LA Sports Package

Fancy yourself a sports fan? Witness the full range of Los Angeles teams with special Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, Rams, and Clippers experiences, then go behind-the-scenes at the Zoo with the teams’ real-life animal mascots!

More about The Ultimate LA Sports Package

Score big with this incredible LA sports package! First at bat is a Dodgers’ game for eight to be enjoyed in style from your suite located behind home plate. Delicious food and drinks are included, as well as two parking passes. Then rub elbows with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio as you take in a LA Lakers 2017–18 season game from your two courtside seats at the STAPLES Center! Next, experience a LA Kings hockey match with 11 friends from your suite at the STAPLES Center; two parking passes are also included. After that, go long for four tickets to a LA Rams game with exclusive pre-game field access! Last but certainly not least – pick up a LA Clippers game and bring five guests with you to your luxury suite at the STAPLES Center! Also included are two parking passes. And the fun doesn’t stop there – to celebrate all of our city’s sport franchises, you’ll also receive special behind-the-scenes opportunities at the Los Angeles Zoo with L.A. teams’ real life mascots! You and five guests will get up close and personal with the Kings’ mascot – the lions; the Rams’ mascot – the desert bighorn sheep; and the Clippers’ mascot – the California condors, one of the Los Angeles Zoo’s most celebrated conservation successes.


Dodgers game date is for the 2017 season, must be mutually agreed upon based on availability. Successful bidder must make contact with donor for Lakers courtside game by 11/25/2017. Kings suite good for an early regular season game (October or November); date must be mutually agreed upon. Rams and Clippers games are valid for the 2017 season; date must be mutually agreed upon; blackout dates apply. Behind-the-scenes animal experiences must be scheduled by 12/2017.

Donors: Karen and Gary Winnick, Ron Burkle, Merrill Lynch, LA Rams, A Taste of the Wild Catering at the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

National Geographic Expeditions Galápagos Getaway

Set sail on an incredible 10-day cruise for two to the Galápagos Islands! After your trip, gather some friends for a private dinner and behind-the-scenes experience at the Zoo, including naming one of the Zoo’s Galápagos tortoises!

More about National Geographic Expeditions Galápagos Getaway

Set sail and enjoy luxury amenities aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II during an extraordinary 10-day journey for two to the Galápagos Islands, Darwin’s living laboratory – that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans.  Explore the island paradise where giant tortoises roam, blue-footed boobies strut across your path, and marine iguanas meander over ancient volcanic landscapes, unfazed by your presence. Snorkel amid shimmering fish, penguins, and playful sea lions. Hike pristine islands and explore remote coves and hidden lagoons by kayak or Zodiac. After your trip abroad, invite seven of your friends to join you for a private dinner at the Los Angeles Zoo and enjoy a special behind-the-scenes experience with animals from the South America region, including the charismatic Baird’s tapir, giant anteater, and a group of rescued Galápagos tortoises, the namesake of the islands. The successful bidder will have the exclusive opportunity to name one of the young tortoises, a legacy that will live on for generations as these giants can live up to 170 years.


Package includes accommodations for two people (double occupancy) in a Category 2 cabin. Airfare not included. Travel must be taken in 2017 on the National Geographic Endeavour II; regular departures available from June through December. Reservations for the dinner and animal experiences must be made at least 30 days in advance and are valid until 10/27/2017.

Donors: National Geographic Expeditions, National Geographic Society, A Taste of the Wild Catering at the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

Host Committee

Honorary Chair
Mayor Eric Garcetti

Richard Corgel
Cassidy Horn
Betty White Ludden
Lori and Ted Samuels
Patricia and Stanley Silver
Steve and Cathi Shultz
Laura and Casey Wasserman
Karen and Gary Winnick

Margot Armbruster
Tracy Cohen
Brian Diamond
Tyler Kelley
John Lewis
Connie Morgan
Beth Price
Jay Sonbolian
Denise Verret

As a special initiative in the Zoo’s 50th year, GLAZA is establishing a fund to launch the Species Conservation Action Network (SCAN), a revolutionary commitment to conservation. Your contribution will help ensure our success in the preservation of species around the globe and the creation of wildlife stewards through local educational programming. Together we can change the world and safeguard our planet for future generations.

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