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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Reception 6:30 PM 
Dinner and Dancing 8:00 PM

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

Black Tie

A Call to Action


WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. We envision a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

Our goal is to conserve more than half of all animal and plant species and the world’s largest wild places. Our strategy is to focus on the planet’s most important, ecologically intact places with the greatest biodiversity and resilience to climate change.

We stand for wildlife. Join us.


On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will host its annual Gala at the Central Park Zoo. The evening will celebrate WCS’s impact on the planet’s most ecologically important wild places and the extraordinary species that call them home.

This black-tie event takes place within a spectacular zoo setting. Enjoy a lively reception around the sea lion pool and connect with these curious, intelligent animals during an educational feeding session, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars.


Honorary Chairs

Antonia and George Grumbach, Jr.
Tony and Amie James
Alejandro and Charlotte Santo Domingo
Andrew and Ann Tisch

Vice Chairs

Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
Eleanor Briggs
The Coca-Cola Company
Wellington Denahan
Katie and Peter Dolan
Gordon and Jill Dyal
Ingrid and Thomas Edelman
Brad and Sunny Goldberg
Gillian Hearst
John and Jeanet Irwin on behalf of Hillside Capital Incorporation
Mary and John LaMattina
Terry and Bob Lindsay
Makena Capital Management
Helen and Gene McGrath
Mary and Howdy Phipps
Lisa and David T Schiff
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Coty Sidnam
Leonard and Allison Stern
The Walt Disney Company
Melanie and John Wambold
Barbara and Donald Zucker

Gala Leadership

Jon and Sally Green


Cristián Samper, PhD
President and CEO
Antonia M. Grumbach
Jonathan D. Green
Hamilton E. James
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Vice Chairs
Gordon E. Dyal
Frederick W. Beinecke
Elected Trustees

Elizabeth Ainslie
Frederick W. Beinecke
Rosina M. Bierbaum
C. Diane Christensen
Wellington J. Denahan
Katherine L. Dolan
Gordon E. Dyal
Thomas J. Edelman
Christopher J. Elliman
Bradley L. Goldberg
Paul A. Gould
Jonathan D. Green
Antonia M. Grumbach

Judith H. Hamilton
John N. Irwin III
Hamilton E. James
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Ambrose K. Monell
Adebayo O. Ogunlesi
Alejandro Santo Domingo
David B. Schiff
Walter C. Sedgwick
Katherine Sherrill
Caroline N. Sidnam
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres

Life Trustees

Robert G. Goelet
Howard Phipps, Jr., Chair Emeritus
Julian Robertson
David T Schiff, Chair Emeritus
Mrs. Leonard N. Stern
Mrs. Richard B. Tweedy
Ward W. Woods, Chair Emeritus
Barbara Hrbek Zucker

Trustee Emeritus

Eleanor Briggs
Jonathan L. Cohen
Brian J. Heidtke



Online ticket sales are now closed.
For further information, please contact Elizabeth Benham at

Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. $1,750/$175 of each Gala Table/Ticket is non-deductible.

* Under federal tax rules, certain restrictions apply to the purchase of event tickets and tables by donor advised funds and private foundations.
Please contact your tax advisor or your DAF’s sponsoring organization for more details.


Tables (Seating for 10 guests)

  1. $100,000  Conservator Table
  2. $50,000  Partner Table
  3. $25,000  Benefactor Table
  4. $15,000  Protector Table
  5. $10,000  Advocate Table


  1. $5,000  Ticket
  2. $2,500  Ticket
  3. $1,500  Ticket
  4. $1,000  Ticket
  5. $500  Young Sustainer Ticket
    (ages 21-40, limited quantities available)

past event photos



For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Benham
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
Phone: 718 741 1616

Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society