More than 4,000 attendees enjoyed a memorable evening of fine dining and dancing on the picturesque grounds of the Audubon Zoo. “Awakening New Wonder in Audubon Zoo’s Jaguar Jungle,” the theme of this year’s “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and “Zoo-To-Do For Kids Presented by Tulane Pediatrics,” raised more than $1 million.
Guests entered the zoo through a Mayan temple façade. The festive, themed décor included a “Mayan Ruins Talking Wall” and a 40th anniversary Mayan temple cake from Haydel’s amongst colorful uplighting.
A mouthwatering array of cuisine from 70 of New Orleans’ eateries participated in catering the event. Highlights included bacon pralines from the New Orleans School of Cooking, Deviled Eggs Remoulade from Clancy’s, lobster mac and cheese from 5Fifty5 and bacon and jalapeño wrapped duck breast from The Court of Two Sisters. More than 60 specialty and full-service bars served premium cocktails.
Jessie’s Girls were the headline entertainment. Additional performers included Mem Shannon and the Roadmasters, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns and Julio Y Cesar.
There was the annual Lexus Luxury Vehicle Raffle, and the online silent auction allowed bidders to be located anywhere to participate, and featured staycations, recreation packages, jewelry, dining experiences and more.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute
When: Friday, May 5
Where: Audubon Zoo