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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


Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation

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 Honorees

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.

2017 Institutional Honoree

Wallis Annenberg and
the Annenberg Foundation

About Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation

Established in 1989, the Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that supports the worldwide community through grantmaking, technical assistance and direct charitable activities. Led by its Chairman, President and CEO Wallis Annenberg, a lifelong champion of animal welfare, the Foundation has provided support for an array of initiatives focusing on wildlife, service animals and pets.

Later this year, the Foundation will open the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, an interactive community center for people and pets, in Playa Vista, CA. The PetSpace offers a unique and innovative approach to adoption and training that is designed to help strengthen the bond we share with our pets through education, science, collaboration and thought leadership. Through its Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute, the center will stand at the forefront of academic thought on the human-animal bond.

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 Advertising

Advertising in the Beastly Ball program book is a unique and effective way to show support for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and our event honorees.

More about Program Book Ads

Back Cover (8.5” width x 11” height) – $10,000
Inside Front Cover (8.5” width x 11” height) – $8,000
Inside Back Cover (8.5” width x 11” height) – $8,000
Full Page (7.5” width x 10” height) – $4,000
Half Page (7.5” width x 5” height) – $2,500

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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