On May 2, the 37th annual Whitney Zoo-To-Do brought a glamorous night of philanthropy and fun to the Audubon Zoo and Tea Room. Since the 1970s, the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” this year chaired by Michele T. Reynoir, and “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” have raised funds for one of America’s premier zoos. This year proceeds from both zoo events helped fund the zoo’s new, exciting exhibit “Gator Run,” which is scheduled to open in 2015.
Audubon Tea Room, which sported decor inspired by Louisiana cypress swamps, hosted a separate patron party throughout the night. At the main to-do, scrumptious fare delighted guests, including alligator Caesar salad from The Columns Hotel, shrimp Regua from Antoine’s Restaurant and peanut butter chocolate pie from Feelings Cafe. New Orleans is known for its cocktails, and the Whitney Zoo-To-Do did not disappoint; the event’s Absolut signature cocktail was aptly named “Gator Tracks.”
Live music and entertainment from mega-performers Party on the Moon, Brass-a-holics, Sasha Masakowski and the Lafourche Cajun Trio kept guests on their feet. Attendees also bid on a silent auction, which included a lavish pair of 18 karat white gold and diamond pavé huggie earrings valued at $20,000, donated by Friend and Company.