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Julian Robertson
George Schaller

Thursday, June 8, 2017

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

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

Black Tie


Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
Sue and Steve Mandel
Alexandra and Alex Robertson
Charlotte and Alejandro Santo Domingo
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Ward and Priscilla Woods

For further information or to make
a contribution, please contact
Elizabeth Benham at


WCS: We Stand for WildlifeSM

The Wildlife Conservation Society has a 120-year history of saving wildlife and wild places around the world. We focus on protecting the iconic species and places least affected by human impact, and today we run the world’s largest field programs for gorilla, elephant, and tiger conservation. We harness a constellation of expertise across our zoos and aquarium in New York to conserve wildlife, advance veterinary health, stimulate learning, and inspire action.

At this critical moment for conservation, the pressures on the planet have never been greater, especially for big cats. As some of the most iconic, enigmatic, and acutely threatened species on Earth, big cats embody the extremes of power and fragility. These animals are among the most recognized and revered in our culture—yet their future is increasingly uncertain.

WCS envisions a future where big cats thrive across their ranges, playing their full ecological roles in wild habitats around the world. We have more boots on the ground than any other organization and long-term big cat programs in 44 landscapes across Africa, Asia, and Latin America which have demonstrated success thanks to decades of sustained conservation.

Big cats are irreplaceable, and we have an urgent responsibility to conserve them.

We stand for wildlife.SM Please Join Us.



On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will host its annual Gala and Afterparty at the Central Park Zoo. The evening will celebrate WCS’s continued efforts to protect and advocate for wildlife and wild places.

This black-tie event takes place within a spectacular zoo setting. Guests enjoy a reception around the sea lion pool and watch these curious, intelligent creatures make a splash during an educational feeding presentation, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars. 


Julian Robertson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Management, LLC

Julian Robertson is an investor, environmentalist, and philanthropist. Prior to co-founding Tiger Management, LLC in 1980, Mr. Robertson enjoyed a two-decade career with Kidder, Peabody and Company, beginning as a sales trainee and rising to become Chief Executive Officer of Webster Management Corporation, Kidder Peabody’s investment advisory subsidiary. From an initial capital base of $8 million, Mr. Robertson built Tiger into one of the world’s largest hedge funds with capital of more than $23 billion, training and developing a generation of “Tiger Cubs,” a cadre of analysts and portfolio managers who have become some of today’s most successful hedge fund managers. In 1996, Mr. Robertson and his wife, Josie, founded the Robertson Foundation to focus on large-scale, domestic, high impact grants in education, the environment, and medical research. In 2003, Mr. and Mrs. Robertson provided lead financing for the Tiger Mountain exhibit at the Bronx Zoo and enabled WCS to build a full-scale global tiger program. This gift provided educational value to more than 26 million zoo visitors and established conservation measures to stabilize and recover key tiger populations across Asia. Mr. Robertson has been a WCS Life Trustee since 2008 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 1993. He serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, iMentor, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Robertson is on the Leadership Council of the New York Stem Cell Foundation and is a Trustee Emeritus of Rockefeller University.

George B. Schaller

George Schaller is a Senior Conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and field biologist with Panthera. He was born in 1933 and graduated from the universities of Alaska and Wisconsin. Dr. Schaller was a member of the 1956 Murie expedition to northeastern Alaska which resulted in the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Spending much of his time during the past 60 years in the wilds of Asia, Africa and South America, he has studied and helped protect species as diverse as the mountain gorilla, lion, jaguar, tiger, giant panda, and wild sheep and goats of the Himalaya. These studies have been the basis for his scientific and popular writings including 16 books, among them The Year of the Gorilla, The Serengeti Lion, and The Last Panda. For the past two decades Dr. Schaller has studied wildlife mainly in Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Brazil, and on the Tibetan Plateau of China. Four of his most recent books are Tibet Wild, Tibet's Hidden Wilderness, Wildlife of the Tibetan Steppe, and A Naturalist and other Beasts. His awards include the International Cosmos Prize (Japan), the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (USA), the Indianapolis Prize (USA), the Salim Ali Conservation Award (India), and the Baogang Environment Prize (China).



Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
Sue and Steve Mandel
Alexandra and Alex Robertson
Charlotte and Alejandro Santo Domingo
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Ward and Priscilla Woods

Vice Chairs

The Boston Consulting Group
The Coca-Cola Company
Katie and Peter Dolan
Jill and Gordon Dyal
Ingrid and Thomas Edelman
Brad and Sunny Goldberg
Antonia and George Grumbach, Jr.
John and Jeanet Irwin on behalf of Hillside Capital Incorporated
Mary and John LaMattina
Elaine and Ken Langone
Terry and Bob Lindsay
Makena Capital Management
Helen and Gene McGrath
Mary and Howdy Phipps
Lisa and David T Schiff
The Shumway Foundation
Coty Sidnam
Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds
The Starr Foundation
Leonard and Allison Stern
The Walt Disney Company
Melanie and John Wambold
Barbara and Donald Zucker

Gala Leadership

Eleanor Briggs
Hacker and Kitty Caldwell
Wellington Denahan
Jon and Sally Green
Carney and Melissa Hawks
Philippe Laffont
Scott Schiff


Featured Sponsor


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

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

Brian J. Heidtke
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
Ward W. Woods, Chair Emeritus

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
Barbara Hrbek Zucker

Trustee Emeritus

Eleanor Briggs
Jonathan L. Cohen



Online ticket sales are now closed.
For further information or to make a contribution, 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

After Dark

Gala guests can stay for WCS After Dark where they will be joined by young professionals ages 21 to 40 at the exclusive after party from 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM with cocktails, dancing, and much more!

Afterparty Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $250.

For more information, please contact Jordana Newler at 718 741 1617 or

past event photos

GALA 2016: We Stand For Wildlife


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

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