Having earned a reputation over the past four decades as being one of the best parties in Los Angeles, this year’s 41st annual Beastly Ball held June 18 at the Los Angeles Zoo once again delivered supporters an incredible evening of entertainment, food and fun.
The Beastly Ball, which each year raises more than $1 million for the zoo, gives safari-attired guests the opportunity to enjoy entertainment and an eclectic range of taste treats from area restaurants while strolling through the zoo and observing animal feedings, as well as walk-abouts, during which where they can interact with zookeepers and small animals.
This year’s ball, which highlighted the facility’s new Elephants of Asia exhibit, saw the inaugural presentation of the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award, which was bestowed upon former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who serves as a trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. (GLAZA).
The award, which recognizes those who have excelled in establishing meaningful and lasting programs that contribute to the welfare of the world’s natural and civic environment, was established this past year after the 2010 death of GLAZA Chairman Tom Mankiewicz.