Beastly Ball 2022

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 6 p.m.

Hosted by Joel McHale

An unforgettable evening of adventure and impact, benefitting the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

The Beastly Ball 2022 program featured a moving video tribute to the late Betty White, who, along with being one of the world’s most beloved entertainers, was a longtime GLAZA trustee, trailblazing conservation advocate, Honorary Zoo Keeper, and much more.

A History-Making Event

The 2022 Beastly Ball fundraising gala was a roaring success! Bringing in $1.4 million, this year’s Ball was one of the top-grossing events of its kind in the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s history. Many thanks to everyone who attended the Ball and participated in the silent auction, and, of course, to host Joel McHale, honorees B. Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. and Kathryn Bowers, and the first-ever Betty White Conservation Hero Award recipient, Stephen Badger.

With the glittering constellation of celebrities and VIPs in attendance, the brightest star of the evening was the late GLAZA trustee and lifelong animal advocate Betty White, who was honored at a pre-Ball “White Carpet” reception and during the evening’s program. Joel McHale, CEO and Zoo Director Denise Verret, GLAZA President Tom Jacobson, Betty White Conservation Hero Stephen Badger, and surprise guest Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti all shared personal anecdotes about Betty and her lasting and loving legacy, while more than a few members of the audience teared up during a moving video tribute “narrated” by Betty herself, which you can view above. Auction items donated by Betty’s estate—including personal jewelry, clothing, and signed memorabilia—generated tremendous excitement among fans around the globe, and contributed to the most successful Beastly Ball silent auction, ever.

Returning in person for the 2022 Beastly Ball was exhilarating, and it was great to see so many sponsors, friends, and animal lovers come out in support of GLAZA and the Zoo’s mission.”

GLAZA President Tom Jacobson

While the Beastly Ball is GLAZA’s biggest and most important fundraiser of the year, it’s just one of the many ways you can support the Zoo’s mission. Learn how you can make an impact by visiting our Donors page.

The White Carpet

One of the many ways that Betty White was honored at the 2022 Beastly Ball was with a “White Carpet” photo opportunity. Spectrum 1 Los Angeles broadcast journalist Bianca Rae conducted White Carpet interviews with Ball host Joel McHale, L.A. Zoo Ambassador Pauley Perrette, and many others, all of whom shared special Betty memories and appreciations. Watch highlights below.

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2022 Beastly Ball Honorees


Authors of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health and Wildhood: The Astounding Connections Between Human and Animal Adolescents

2022 Betty White Conservation Hero

In honor of our beloved Trustee Betty White’s extraordinary service on behalf of GLAZA and the Los Angeles Zoo and her lifelong commitment to animals, we are pleased to announce the renaming of the Conservation Hero Award in her memory.


Former Chairman of Mars, Incorporated, and founding investor of Seeds of Change

Restaurant & Beverage Partners

Many thanks to the following restaurants, caterers, and beverage partners for showcasing their fabulous food and drink for the enjoyment of all at the Ball.

Dulan’s on Crenshaw
El Cholo—The Original
Hotville Chicken
In Good Taste Wines
John Kelly Chocolates
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
La Casita Mexicana by Chefs Jaime and Ramiro
Lil Rae Cakes
Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
Paquera Mezcal
Pink’s Hot Dogs
Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Company
Taste of the Wild Catering at the Los Angeles Zoo
The Federal Bar
Vicez Events
WhistlePig Whiskey Co.

Beastly Ball Committee

Honorary Committee Chair

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Committee Co-Chairs

Sam Enoch
Naomi Rodriguez
Franco Terango


Courtney Appell
Wendy Denham
Brian Diamond
Brian Hodous
Tom Jacobson
Kelly Brock Jennings
Tyler K. Kelley
Melinda Peters
Jennifer Thornton Wieland
Denise Verret

Conservation Impact

The Beastly Ball has raised millions to support the L.A. Zoo’s local and global conservation and education efforts.

In this era of rapid global species loss and disappearing habitats, the leadership role that the L.A. Zoo is taking to save species while inspiring the next generation of conservationists has never been more important. Your support of the Beastly Ball is key to ensuring the success of the mission. Join us.


For more than 50 years, the private, nonprofit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) has funded exhibits, capital projects, field conservation efforts, education and community outreach programs, and more at the Los Angeles Zoo, an international leader in the preservation of wildlife and care of animals. GLAZA currently boasts more than 41,000 GLAZA member households, among the largest membership bases of any Los Angeles cultural organization, and a volunteer corps of more than 250.

Beastly Ball 2022 Sponsors

US Bank and Children's Hospital Los Angeles