GALA 2021 | Wildlife Conservation Society

HONORING
David Bonderman

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Festivities begin at 6:30 PM

FEATURING
A Special Performance by Sheryl Crow

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street
The Gala takes place outdoors within the spectacular zoo setting

Please note: All Gala guests must be fully vaccinated.

We are delighted to be able to come together in celebration on September 23. Your safety is our priority. Please rest assured that WCS is carefully monitoring and following all guidelines for gathering safely. Due to the current restrictions, space is limited and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

WCS: WE STAND FOR WILDLIFE

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.

We stand for wildlife. Join us.

ABOUT THE EVENT

On Thursday, September 23, 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. Unlike any other event in New York City, the Gala takes place outdoors within the spectacular zoo setting under the stars.

WCS is committed to making every effort to provide a safe environment for our guests. If you plan to attend, the following applies to all event guests:

  • All Gala guests must be fully vaccinated. All guests will be required to present valid proof of vaccination (photo or copy of completed CDC vaccination card, NYC COVID Safe App, New York State Excelsior App), and valid proof of identification (photo or copy of Driver’s license, Non-driver government ID card, IDNYC card, Passport, School or work ID card; copies or photos are acceptable).
  • Mask Policy: Consistent with New York State and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, masks are required indoors (including restrooms) for all guests regardless of vaccine status. Masks are optional outdoors for guests who are fully vaccinated.
  • Masks Available: If you need a mask, please let us know.
  • COVID-19 Warning: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  In accordance with New York State and CDC guidance, unvaccinated people continue to be responsible for wearing masks at WCS facilities.  By visiting WCS facilities, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

HONOREE

David Bonderman

David Bonderman is co-founder and chairman of TPG, a leading global alternative asset firm which manages approximately $100 billion in assets.

Prior to forming TPG in 1992, Mr. Bonderman was COO of the Robert M. Bass Group, and before that a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. From 1969 to 1970, he was a Fellow in Foreign and Comparative Law in conjunction with Harvard University and prior to that Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. Mr. Bonderman serves on a number of public and private boards, some of which include: Allogene Therapeutics, Inc.; Boston Championship Basketball, LLC; Seattle Hockey Partners; The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation; and The Rise Fund.

David Bonderman is a long-time supporter of conservation causes and serves on the boards of the following entities: the American Himalayan Foundation, The Wilderness Society, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Wyss Foundation. Mr. Bonderman also funds The Wildcat Foundation. Protecting Africa’s parks and wildlife is a particular passion, and he has long assisted Wildlife Conservation Society projects across Central and East Africa. His major support for predominantly anti-poaching and wildlife anti-trafficking efforts now extends across 22 African countries.

Leadership

Co-Chairs

Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
Jill and Gordon Dyal
Christopher J. Elliman
Laura and Peter Grauer
Diane and Andreas Halvorsen
Tony and Amie James
Amelia and Bayo Ogunlesi
Mary and Howdy Phipps
Alejandro and Charlotte Santo Domingo
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Loretta and Chris Stadler
Allison and Leonard Stern
Andrew and Ann Tisch
Ward and Priscilla Woods

 

Vice Chairs

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Antonia and George Grumbach, Jr.
Gillian Hearst
John and Jeanet Irwin on behalf of Hillside Capital Incorporated
Sonia and Paul Jones
Mary and John LaMattina
Judy and Leonard Lauder
Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages
Lisa and David T Schiff
David B “Scott” Schiff
The Starr Foundation
Robin and Marisa van Bokhorst

 

WCS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Cristián Samper, PhD
President and CEO
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Chair
Hamilton E. James
Vice Chair
Gordon E. Dyal
Treasurer
Frederick W. Beinecke
Secretary
Elected Trustees

Elizabeth Ainslie
Frederick W. Beinecke
Rosina M. Bierbaum
Duncan A. Chapman
Rudolph F. Crew
Katherine L. Dolan
Gordon E. Dyal
Thomas J. Edelman
Christopher J. Elliman
Paul A. Gould
Peter T. Grauer
Jonathan D. Green
Antonia M. Grumbach
O. Andreas Halvorsen
Judith H. Hamilton

John N. Irwin III
Hamilton E. James
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
David J. Millstone
Ambrose K. Monell
Adebayo O. Ogunlesi
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Juan Manuel Santos
David B "Scott" Schiff
Walter C. Sedgwick
Katherine Sherrill
Caroline N. Sidnam
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres
Robert B. Zoellick

Life Trustees

C. Diane Christensen
Howard Phipps, Jr., Chair Emeritus
Julian Robertson
David T Schiff, Chair Emeritus
Mrs. Leonard N. Stern
Ward W. Woods, Chair Emeritus
Barbara Hrbek Zucker

Trustees Emeriti

Eleanor Briggs
Jonathan L. Cohen
Bradley L. Goldberg
Brian J. Heidtke

TABLES

Online table sales are now closed.

For further information, please contact Liz Benham at 718 741 1616 or ebenham@wcs.org.

$1,950 of each Gala Table at the $10,000 level and above is non-deductible. $195 of each seat at a $5,000 Guardian Gala Table is non-deductible.
Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law.

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

 

Tables 

  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
  6. $5,000 Guardian Table

We are delighted to be able to come together in celebration on September 23. Your safety is our priority. Please rest assured that WCS is carefully monitoring and following all guidelines for gathering safely. Due to the current restrictions, space is limited and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

 

past gala photos

WCS GALA: WE STAND FOR WILDLIFE

Contact

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Benham
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
Phone: 718 741 1616
gala@wcs.org

Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society

GALA TABLES & TICKETS

Please respond by March 12 to be listed on the invitation.
Gifts of $25,000 and above will be listed as a Vice Chair.

Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. $1,950/$195 of each Gala Table/Ticket is non-deductible.

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