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Dining with the elephants: Houston Zoo VIPs enjoy quite a unique champagne experience

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178 Houston Zoo’s Reflection Pool at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Houston Zoo’s Reflection Pool is the perfect setting for the Asante Society fundraiser. Photo by Ginger Moon
67 Sean and Heather Golden, from left, with Eric Alfuth at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Sean and Heather Golden, from left, with Eric Alfuth. Photo by Ginger Moon
51 David and Nancy Pustka, from left, Diane Ledder and Rick Barongi at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
David and Nancy Pustka, from left, Diane Ledder and Rick Barongi. Photo by Ginger Moon
127 Melanie and Danny Savitz at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Melanie and Danny Savitz. Photo by Ginger Moon
92 African crested porcupine, Rocco at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Rocco, an African crested porcupine. Photo by Ginger Moon
84 Marty and Kathy Goossen at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Marty and Kathy Goossen. Photo by Ginger Moon
66 Kristen Steed, left, and Kelli Stephenson at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Kristen Steed, left, and Kelli Stephenson. Photo by Ginger Moon
21 Ed Price, from left, Demi Rand, Marie-Claire Abelanet and Ron Rand at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Ed Price, from left, Demi Rand, Marie-Claire Abelanet and Ron Rand. Photo by Ginger Moon
181 Rick Barongi and Deborah Cannon at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Rick Barongi and Deborah Cannon. Photo by Ginger Moon
2 Baylor and Tucker at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
Baylor and Tucker in the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat. Photo by Ginger Moon
178 Houston Zoo’s Reflection Pool at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
67 Sean and Heather Golden, from left, with Eric Alfuth at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
51 David and Nancy Pustka, from left, Diane Ledder and Rick Barongi at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
127 Melanie and Danny Savitz at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
92 African crested porcupine, Rocco at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
84 Marty and Kathy Goossen at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
66 Kristen Steed, left, and Kelli Stephenson at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
21 Ed Price, from left, Demi Rand, Marie-Claire Abelanet and Ron Rand at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
181 Rick Barongi and Deborah Cannon at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014
2 Baylor and Tucker at the Houston Zoo Asante Society dinner April 2014

What: The Houston Zoo Asante Society spring dinner al fresco.

Where: On the grounds of the Houston Zoo.

The 411: More than 220 members of the upper level donor group were whisked from zoo gates to the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat for a most interesting cocktail hour during which champagne flowed and the pachyderms exhibited a certain sangfroid amid the socializing. The eight senior elephants mingled while 10-week-old Duncan snoozed in his bed in the elephant barn. On this lovely evening, guests then moved on to the reflection pool where they dined under the oaks glittering with Tivoli lights.

Who: The animal-loving group included Houston Zoo CEO Deborah Cannon, Zoo director Rick Barongi, Anne and Charles Duncan, Bobbie Nau, Kathrine McGovern, Nancy and David Pustka, Suzanne Nimocks, Demi and Ron Rand, and Kathy and Marty Goossen and Rocco, the African crested porcupine.

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