Virtual Beastly Ball 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 6 p.m.
JOEL MCHALE RETURNS TO HOST THE WILDEST VIRTUAL PARTY IN TOWN HONORING ACTORS AND PHILANTHROPISTS JACKIE CHAN AND LEILA GEORGE

The Beastly Ball is the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year. And, because it’s a virtual adventure, everyone’s invited! Last year’s first-ever virtual gala was an incredible success, and this year’s event promises to be even better. As we continue to rebound from a deficit following a series of unprecedented closures due to COVID-19 restrictions, your financial support of GLAZA has never been more vital to sustaining our work. So, RSVP to join us as we celebrate and support GLAZA’s efforts to fund a myriad of programs, including global wildlife conservation, innovative animal care and health, and inspiring education programs at the Los Angeles Zoo! 

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See you at the Ball!


About

Hosted by Joel McHale, this star-studded evening of fun and philanthropy will be filled with inspiring conservation stories; special celebrity guests; animal moments; an online auction; musical performances by Weezer, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, and Slash with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo; poet Christopher D. Sims reading a poem he wrote called “The Return of the Earth/She;” and much more.

HONOREES

The virtual program pre-show will stream starting at 5:45 p.m. (PDT), with the main event beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021. The expected duration will be approximately 45 minutes and the whole experience will be live-streamed right here and on our Facebook page.

The night’s festivities will be hosted live by actor and comedian Joel McHale, with GLAZA President Tom Jacobson and Los Angeles Zoo Chief Executive Officer & Zoo Director Denise Verret appearing along with other special guests.


RSVP

RSVP to receive the latest updates on the Virtual Beastly Ball 2021 straight to your inbox. You can also provide your mobile number to receive event and auction updates via text message (message and data rates may apply).

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Online Auction

Bid on Auction Items

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we will have many exciting auction items that you can bid on. Items will be available for preview before the event, and you can start bidding on Friday, May 28. You will need to create an account to participate. If you register in advance, we will notify you once the auction is officially open. For more details and tips, visit the Auction site.

Donate Auction Items

In addition to the exclusive and unique items typically offered in the Beastly Ball silent auction, this year’s event will see the addition of a special art auction, featuring pieces focused on animals, nature, and the environment. From paintings to photographs, and graphic art to pottery, a variety of different works, from local and national artists, will be available to bid on.

Your contribution is so important to the success of this fundraising event. In addition to recognition on the website and in the auction, your contribution is tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Auction item donations can be completed online. Or download, print, complete, and return this form. Contact information is on the form.

Fund a Need

Each year, we identify a special item that will benefit our animals and the care we provide.

Mobile Bidding with BidPal by OneCause Instructions

Follow these simple steps to register by mobile phone:

  • Text “BeastlyBall2021” to 243725.
  • Follow the prompts from the texts received.
  • Once registered, you will be redirected to the event page.
  • To register using a web browser, visit bidpal.net/beastlyball2021. Click “Sign In” at the top right of the page and create an account.

How to Bid

When you bid using BidPal by OneCause, you will receive notifications when you are outbid and even set bidding caps in advance – all from your phone! If you are unable to join us online to watch the event, you can still bid anywhere from your mobile phone (upon winning, additional charges for shipping items may be assessed). Watch the video below to learn more.


Ways to Support

Donate

You may make a tax-deductible donation at any time before or after June 5, 2021 by mail, phone, or online. Click here for more details.

Sponsor

Your company’s logo will be featured on the homepage of our donation and auction website. Sponsors at the highest level will have the opportunity to share their message of support during the program. Contact [email protected]

Be A Patron

GORILLA PATRON (Contributing Sponsor)  
$100,000 ($99,730 is tax deductible)
  • Leave a lasting legacy by naming a select animal at the L.A. Zoo and celebrate this memorable moment with breakfast for 10 at the Zoo, joined by one of the Zoo’s Curators. You will receive a tour of the Zoo and watch a special feeding at your named animal’s exhibit, accompanied by a GLAZA photographer to capture memories of the experience for you 
  • Private Zoom lecture or keeper encounter with L.A. Zoo staff 
  • Gourmet three-course meal for six (6) people, two (2) bottles of wine, exclusive Virtual Beastly Ball party pack, and beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to your doorstep the day of the Virtual Beastly Ball (flowers may arrive prior to event) 
  • Name or corporate logo displayed on event website and during virtual event pre-show, and rotating on auction scoreboard throughout event 
CONDOR PATRON
$75,000 ($74,730 is tax deductible)
  • L.A. Zoo Director & CEO Denise Verret will join 10 guests for lunch and a private show in the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater. You will also be accompanied by a GLAZA photographer to capture memories of the experience for you 
  • Private Zoom lecture or keeper encounter with L.A. Zoo staff  
  • Gourmet three-course meal for four (4) people, two (2) bottles of wine, exclusive Virtual Beastly Ball party pack, and beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to your doorstep the day of the Virtual Beastly Ball (flowers may arrive prior to event) 
  • Name or corporate logo displayed on event website and during virtual event pre-show, and rotating on auction scoreboard throughout event 
ELEPHANT PATRON
$50,000 ($49,730 is tax deductible)
  • Cocktails for eight guests and private training demonstration at the L.A. Zoo’s Elephants of Asia exhibit with Director of Conservation Dr. Jake Owens. You will also be accompanied by a GLAZA photographer to capture memories of the experience for you 
  • Private Zoom lecture or keeper encounter with L.A. Zoo staff 
  • Gourmet three-course meal for four (4) people, two (2) bottles of wine, exclusive Virtual Beastly Ball party pack, and beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to your doorstep the day of the Virtual Beastly Ball (flowers may arrive prior to event) 
  • Name or corporate logo displayed on event website and during virtual event pre-show, and rotating on auction scoreboard throughout event 
JAGUAR PATRON
$25,000 ($24,830 is tax deductible)
  • GLAZA President Tom Jacobson will guide you on an insider’s tour of the L.A. Zoo for six people in a motorized cart, including a special jaguar feeding and keeper talk. You will also be accompanied by a GLAZA photographer to capture memories of the experience for you 
  • Private Zoom lecture or keeper encounter with L.A. Zoo staff  
  • Gourmet three-course meal for two (2) people, two (2) bottles of wine, exclusive Virtual Beastly Ball party pack, and beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to your doorstep the day of the Virtual Beastly Ball (flowers may arrive prior to event) 
  • Name or corporate logo displayed on event website and during virtual event pre-show, and rotating on auction scoreboard throughout event
HIPPOPOTAMUS PATRON
$15,000 ($14,830 is tax deductible
  • A private tour for six people in a motorized cart to get an insider’s look at the L.A. Zoo. Tour options include: Hooves and Horns; Birds Around the World; Great Apes; or A Look at the LAIR. You will also be accompanied by a GLAZA photographer to capture memories of the experience for you 
  • Gourmet three-course meal for two (2) people, two (2) bottles of wine, and exclusive Virtual Beastly Ball party pack delivered to your doorstep the day of the Virtual Beastly Ball 
  • Name or corporate logo displayed on event website and during virtual event pre-show   
FLAMINGO PATRON 
$10,000 ($9,850 is tax deductible)
  • Gourmet three-course meal for two (2) people, one (1) bottle of wine, and exclusive Virtual Beastly Ball party pack, complete with everything you need to help you enjoy the event from home, delivered to your doorstep the day of the Virtual Beastly Ball 
  • Name or corporate logo displayed on event website and during virtual event pre-show   
ALLIGATOR PATRON 
$1,500 ($1,450 is tax deductible)
  • Charcuterie platter for two (2) people and one (1) bottle of wine delivered to your home the day of the Virtual Beastly Ball  
  • Name or corporate logo displayed on event website and during virtual event pre-show  

Please note: Meal, Party Pack, and flower delivery is only applicable for packages purchased before May 28, 2021. GLAZA is only able to deliver meals to patrons living within the Greater Los Angeles area. Individuals that live outside of this area will receive dining certificates to local restaurants. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Due to state and local restrictions, all tours to be fulfilled at a later date when it is deemed safe enough to do so. Zoom lectures or keeper encounters to be fulfilled on a mutually agreed upon date. 

To become a patron or for more information, please contact Natalie Poveda or call (323) 486-4253


Committee

BEASTLY BALL CO-CHAIRS

Brian Diamond
Tyler K. Kelley
Franco Terango

BEASTLY BALL COMMITTEE

Brian Hodous
Tom Jacobson
Kelly Brock Jennings
Melinda Peters
Denise Verret
Michael Wandell
Jennifer Wieland


Beastly Ball FAQ

How can I view the program while bidding on the online auction?

We encourage you to use at least two devices to stream the live event and bid in our online auction simultaneously and recommend that you enable text notifications through BidPal for status updates regarding your bids.

I will be unavailable on June 5. How can I participate?

You will be able to make donations at any time before or after June 5 here.

You can place maximum bids on our online auction donations if you are unable to check on the status prior to the closing on Sunday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. If you have a maximum spending limit for an auction package, you can set an auto-bid that will automatically increase your bids against competitors until it reaches your maximum limit. If your maximum limit is outbid, you will be notified.

Can non-members participate?

Anyone can participate by streaming our live program. We encourage you to share the invitation with your friends and family.   

You must be 18 years and older to bid on our online auction packages, and 21 years and older to bid on any alcohol-related auction package. 

Are my contributions tax-deductible?

If you are an event sponsor, a patron, or making a donation, your contribution is tax-deductible, as allowed by law. 

Auction packages won above the fair market value are tax-deductible in the amount of the difference. For federal income tax purposes, you may be able to deduct the portion of your purchase price that exceeds the item’s fair market value (FMV), if you paid the excess with the intent to make a charitable contribution. 

Please note that transaction fees and taxes associated with your contribution are not tax-deductible. For any additional questions, please consult your tax advisor. 

Will I receive an acknowledgment letter for my tax records?

Acknowledgment letters and tax receipts will begin mailing the week following the Virtual Beastly Ball. Please allow for up to 2–3 weeks for processing. If you would like to request the acknowledgment by email, please contact Natalie Poveda at [email protected].