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The Wildlife Conservation Society invites you to our 25th Annual Family Benefit

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
5:00 to 8:00 ᴘᴍ

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

Online ticket sales are closed.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
For further information, please contact Michelle Petrone at mpetrone@wcs.org.

about the event

The Explorers’ Party is the annual family benefit of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). We welcome you and the children in your life to the Central Park Zoo for a one-of-a-kind event that inspires kids (ages 2-12) and their families and friends to help protect the planet’s most spectacular wildlife. 

Engage your inner explorer by:

  • Leaping as far as a snow leopard
  • Joining a training and feeding session with our curious, intelligent sea lions
  • Exploring hands-on educational crafts and activities
  • Watching interactive Wildlife Theater performances
  • Digging into a family-friendly buffet dinner
  • Listening to live music that gets kids moving

WCS stands for wildlife. Humankind’s survival depends on them; their future depends on us. Your support of the Explorers’ Party will help WCS protect big cats and other vulnerable wildlife in the last wild places on earth.

The Explorers’ Party is held rain or shine. In the event of rain, all seating, food, and activities will be placed under cover. Don’t let a little rain keep you away from a fun evening at the Zoo!

Wild About Big Cats!

Join WCS on May 16 to support our critical work and learn more about how you can help protect endangered big cats and their habitats worldwide.

Big cats—including the cheetah, jaguar, lion, snow leopard, and tiger—are among the most iconic and threatened species on Earth. They are revered for their beauty and power, yet their future is increasingly uncertain.

Big Cat Threats:
Big Cats are imperiled by habitat degradation and loss of prey. Habitat loss can lead to conflicts with humans when big cats range outside protected areas and become a real or perceived threat to local people and their livestock. These magnificent predators are also hunted for their fur, bones, and body parts.

Conservation Approach:
WCS envisions a future where big cats thrive across their ranges, playing their full ecological roles in wild habitats around the world. Our field scientists work in areas where these animals have a real chance at recovery and apply evidence-based strategies to protect them over the long term.

WCS Impact:
With a global staff of over 3,700, WCS has more boots on the ground than any other conservation organization and sustained big cat programs in 55 landscapes across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. WCS’s decades of field work have led to strong improvements in big cat populations, including an over 400 percent increase in India’s tiger populations.

Ticket Packages

Online ticket sales are closed.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
For further information, please contact Michelle Petrone at mpetrone@wcs.org.

 

Brown Bear Package $25,000
($24,057 is tax-deductible)
  • WCS Conservation Patron Membership for 1 year (click here for more information)
  • Verbal recognition of your family at the event
  • Early event admission
  • Recognition on signage for sponsoring two activities
  • Two reserved tables of 10 at the event
  • Twenty Explorers’ Party Tickets
  • Ten "Feed a Fish to the Sea Lions" Chances (Winner will be notified prior to event)
  • Recognition on the invitation, event signage, event webpage and printed program
  • Two tickets to WCS's Spring Gala in June 2018
  • Listing in WCS Annual Report
Snow Leopard Package $10,000
($9,257 is tax-deductible)
  • WCS Conservation Patron Membership for 1 year (click here for more information)
  • Recognition on signage for sponsoring one activity
  • Reserved table of 10 at the event
  • Fifteen Explorers’ Party Tickets
  • Eight "Feed a Fish to the Sea Lions" Chances (Winner will be notified prior to event)
  • Recognition on the invitation, event signage, and event webpage
  • Listing in WCS Annual Report
Sea Lion Package $5,000
($4,457 is tax-deductible)
  • WCS Conservation Patron Membership for 1 year (click here for more information)
  • Reserved table of 5 at the event
  • Ten Explorers’ Party Tickets
  • Five "Feed a Fish to the Sea Lions" Chances (Winner will be notified prior to event)
  • Recognition on the invitation and event webpage
  • Listing in WCS Annual Report
Penguin Package $2,500
($2,037 is tax-deductible)
  • WCS Conservation Patron Membership for 1 year (click here for more information)
  • Eight Explorers’ Party Tickets
  • Four "Feed a Fish to the Sea Lions" Chances (Winner will be notified prior to event)
  • Recognition on the invitation and event webpage
Snow Monkey Package $1,500
($1,117 is tax-deductible)
  • WCS Conservation Patron Membership for 1 year (click here for more information)
  • Six Explorers’ Party Tickets
  • Three "Feed a Fish to the Sea Lions" Chances (Winner will be notified prior to event)
  • Recognition on the invitation
Family Package $500
($300 is tax-deductible)
  • Five Explorers’ Party Tickets
  • One "Feed a Fish to the Sea Lions" Chance (Winner will be notified prior to event)

Under federal tax rules, certain restrictions apply to the purchase of event tickets by donor advised funds and private foundations. Please contact your tax advisor or your DAF’s sponsoring organization for more details.

Committee

Explorers’ Party Chairs

Brad Goldberg
Gillian Hearst
Sharon Jacob

Margo M. Nederlander

Explorers’ Party Committee
  • Katherine and Marco Birch
  • Evangeline and David Decima
  • Jackie Didier and Noah Scheinfeld
  • Teri Friedman and Babak Yaghmaie
  • Kathleen and David Glaymon
  • Brad and Sunny Goldberg
  • Melissa and Carney Hawks
  • Gillian Hearst
  • Sharon and Bill Jacob
  • Jessie and Tim Kisling
  • Susan and David Lazarus
  • Lisa and Christopher Manice
  • Allison and Roberto Mignone
  • Claire Milonas
  • Margo M. Nederlander and James L. Nederlander
  • Palmer and Ryan O'Sullivan
  • Jennifer and Joseph Reardon
  • Amy and Marshall Smith
  • Jennifer and Christopher Tamis
  • Kim and Rahul Vinnakota
  • Alisa and Alastair Wood
  • Meghan and Michael Young

Featured Sponsor

Thank You for Your Support

BROWN BEARS
Jill and Gordon Dyal

SNOW LEOPARDS
Brad and Sunny Goldberg
Gillian Hearst
Jessie and Tim Kisling
Margo M. Nederlander and James L. Nederlander

SEA LIONS
Susanne and Douglas Durst
Sharon and Bill Jacob

PENGUINS
Bessent-Freeman Family
Renata and Claudio Garcia
Susan and David Lazarus
Jennifer and Joseph Reardon
Aviva and Carl Saphier

past event photos

WCS Board of Trustees

Cristián Samper, PhD
President and CEO
 
Antonia M. Grumbach
Chair
 
Jonathan D. Green
Hamilton E. James
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Vice Chairs
Gordon E. Dyal
Treasurer
 
Frederick W. Beinecke
Secretary
Elected Trustees

Elizabeth Ainslie
Frederick W. Beinecke
Rosina M. Bierbaum
C. Diane Christensen
Wellington J. Denahan
Katherine L. Dolan
Gordon E. Dyal
Thomas J. Edelman
Christopher J. Elliman
Bradley L. Goldberg
Paul A. Gould
Jonathan D. Green
Antonia M. Grumbach

Judith H. Hamilton
John N. Irwin III
Hamilton E. James
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Ambrose K. Monell
Adebayo O. Ogunlesi
Alejandro Santo Domingo
David B. Schiff
Walter C. Sedgwick
Katherine Sherrill
Caroline N. Sidnam
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres

Life Trustees

Robert G. Goelet
Howard Phipps, Jr., Chair Emeritus
Julian Robertson
David T Schiff, Chair Emeritus
Mrs. Leonard N. Stern
Mrs. Richard B. Tweedy
Ward W. Woods, Chair Emeritus
Barbara Hrbek Zucker

Trustee Emeritus

Eleanor Briggs
Jonathan L. Cohen
Brian J. Heidtke

Contact

For more information, please contact
Michelle Petrone at 718 741 1639 or mpetrone@wcs.org

Learn more at wcs.org