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Dallas Zoo Supporters Go “Wild” at Fundraising Event

Zoo To Do 2019: Wild At Heart Raises $1 Million+ To Further Animal Conservation

Blair Raggio, Steve Moore, Dawn Moore, Brett Moore, Brooke Moore

This year’s Zoo To Do: Wild at Heart fundraiser, presented by The Eugene McDermott Foundation was without a doubt the most Instagrammable party of the year. In addition to being greeted by Dawn and Steve Moore, this year’s Event Chairs, the 700 guests who came through the front gates of the Dallas Zoo on Saturday, November 2, were welcomed by animal ambassadors including flamingos, an anteater and penguins as a reminder of why Zoo To Do is so important. Proceeds from the event help support the Dallas Zoo’s dedication to providing the best animal care, deliver unique education offerings and strengthen its wildlife conservation efforts.

Brittany and Michael Glendenning feed a giraffe

Honorary Chef Chair Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, along with Chef Wrangler Brett Krafft from the Hilton Lincoln Centre joined guests at the award-winning Giants of the Savanna exhibit for a strolling dinner among the 30 restaurant stations representing the finest restaurants in Dallas. How often can one say they had lions, elephants, African painted dogs, and cheetahs as dinner companions!? At each station, executive chefs served delicious gourmet treats of appetizers, entrée specialties, and desserts. Bars scattered throughout the exhibit provided fine wines and craft cocktails. Partygoers could feed and pet the giraffes and enjoy interactive experiences with flamingos, a penguin, boa constrictor, anteater, tortoise, armadillo, and an owl. Among those in attendance were Barbara and Don Daseke, Hal and Diane Brierley, Doris Jacobs, and Tucker and Rich Enthoven, Lori and Chuck Whitten, Robyn and Chris Chauvin, Ed Belfour, Jenna Owens and Francisco Rizo, Hamilton Sneed, and Jane McGarry.

Meanwhile, back at the Zoo’s front gates, the Zoo To Do 2: The After-Party chaired by Brett Moore, Blair Moore Raggio, Brooke Moore was kicking off. Over 150 partygoers came out for Phase Two of the evening to enjoy face-painting, carousel rides, and networking with the Zoo’s animal ambassador and cocktails. Following the dinner and live auction portion of the evening, the Zoo To Do 2 after-party crowd joined in the celebration at the Wilds of Africa Plaza where everyone then danced the night away to music from Emerald City All-Stars, one of the city’s best live party cover bands.

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