Gorillas Join Million Dollar Zoo Ball

Black-tie Zoo Ball brings formality and more than $1 million in proceeds while gorillas frolic

Gorillas frolic for black-tie guests at million dollar Zoo Ball

Zoo Ball, 4/2016, Lee Ehmke, Sue Chin, Cathy Cleary, Joe Cleary
Lee Ehmke, Sue Chin, Joe Cleary, Cathy Cleary. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Deborah Cannon, Gardner Cannon
Deborah Cannon, Gardner Cannon. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball, 4/2016, Ileana Trevino, Michael Trevino
Ileana Trevino, Michael Trevino. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Raj Natarajan, Tamar Mendelssohn
Raj Natarajan, Tamar Mendelssohn. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Rachel McNeill, Dr. WAyne Franklin
Rachel McNeill, Dr. Wayne Franklin. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Tandra Jackson, Derick Jackson
Tandra Jackson, Derick Jackson. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Jacqueline Levett-Prinsep, Sam Cole
Jacqueline Levett-Prinsep, Sam Cole. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Coert Voorhees, Molly Voorhees
Coert Voorhees, Molly Voorhees. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Anita O'Shaughnessy, Dr. John Dormans
Anita O'Shaughnessy, Dr. John Dormans. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Band with guests
Party on the Moon dance members party with the crowd. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball 4/2016 decor
The pollinator theme defined party decor. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Zoo Ball, 4/2016, Lee Ehmke, Sue Chin, Cathy Cleary, Joe Cleary
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Deborah Cannon, Gardner Cannon
Zoo Ball, 4/2016, Ileana Trevino, Michael Trevino
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Raj Natarajan, Tamar Mendelssohn
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Rachel McNeill, Dr. WAyne Franklin
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Tandra Jackson, Derick Jackson
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Jacqueline Levett-Prinsep, Sam Cole
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Coert Voorhees, Molly Voorhees
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Anita O'Shaughnessy, Dr. John Dormans
Zoo Ball 4/2016 Band with guests
Zoo Ball 4/2016 decor

What: Houston Zoo Ball.

Where: The Houston Zoo's Mashiara Pavilion.

The scoop: Despite the drizzly weather, ball chairs Cathy and Joe Cleary managed to bring the total raised at the black-tie evening to $1.08 million. The evening honored former zoo CEO Deborah Cannon and the Memorial Hermann Health System, represented by Dan WoltermanHouston Zoo's CEO and president Lee Ehmke shared in heaping praise on the honorees.

With entertainment that included visits with the zoo's popular gorilla families, dinner by City Kitchen and music by Party on the Moon, there was no way that rain drops could put a damper on the enthusiasm of the 533 guests.

Who: Auction chair Anita O'Shaughnessy, Gardner Cannon, Ileana and Michael Trevino, Sue Chin, Jacqueline Levett-Prinsep and Sam Cole, Claudia and Roberto Contreras, Annette and George Strake, Molly and Coert Voorhees, and Rachel McNeill with Dr. Wayne Franklin.

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