For the Birds
Birds of a feather flocked to the Audubon Zoo on Friday, May 2, for the Chase Zoo-To-Do, benefiting the Audubon Zoo.
Patrons gathered early for a party at 7:30 p.m., with the rest of the guests heading into the gala at 8:30 p.m. Invitees dressed their summer finery, black ties for some and white linen suits for others, in celebration of the 2008 event’s biggest beneficiary, tropical birds.
Proceeds from the 2008 Zoo-To-Do events will be applied toward restoration of the Tropical Bird House as well as creation of new and exciting aviary exhibits.
More than 80 restaurants donated to the event, as well as 50 full-service and
specialty beverage bars. Performance stages sprinkled throughout the zoo featured musicians including The Last Straws, Leah Chase and VaVaVoom. BRW went on just before the headline entertainment, Morris Day and The Time, who played on the Capital One stage.
The Chase Zoo-To-Do also featured a silent auction of extravagant gifts such as exotic vacations, antiques and jewelry. Lexus of New Orleans, the luxury vehicle raffle sponsor, even donated a 2008 Lexus IS 250 to be awarded as a raffle prize!
Substantial contributions were also made by title sponsor Chase Bank and
headline entertainment sponsor Superior Energy Services. Many long hours and hard work were also donated by Chase Zoo-To-Do Gala Chairman Mrs. John D. Werner and Kids Zoo-To-Do Gala Chairman Mrs. Calvin C. Fayard Jr.
The Zoo-To-Do for Kids, presented by Humana, gathered the young and
young-at-heart at 6:30 p.m., 5:30 for sponsors and patrons, on Friday, April 25. Guests dressed in spring casual attire enjoyed romping on inflatable playground equipment, strolling the grounds, and dancing to music by Radio Disney, Uncle Chris of WTUL and Papillion.
Ann Heslin, Zoo-To-Do events director, said 3,000 guests attended each
weekend, raising more than $1 million dollars for the zoo.
Bill Oliver, Janet Frischhertz and Mike Mann
Lacey and Price Lanier
Jill Nalty and Susan Ordemann
Gary and Carolyn Chouest and John Davies