GALA 2022 | Wildlife Conservation Society

Jeff Bezos

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Festivities begin at 6:30 PM

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


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.


On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 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.


Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos founded in 1994. Amazon’s mission is to be Earth’s most customer-centric company. In 2019, under Bezos’ leadership, Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge, a commitment for companies to achieve net-zero carbon by 2040—with 300+ signatories to date and counting. In 2020, Bezos founded the Bezos Earth Fund, a $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and others to drive climate and nature solutions in this decisive decade. Funds will be fully allocated by 2030, the date by which the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals must be achieved. He also founded the Bezos Day One Fund to provide grants to nonprofits to help homeless families and is creating a network of preschools in low-income communities.

Bezos is also the founder of aerospace company Blue Origin, which is working on the long-term goal of moving all polluting and heavy industry off Earth to preserve the planet. He is the owner of the Washington Post. Bezos graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University in 1986 and was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year in 1999.



Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
Barbara and Duncan Chapman
Laura and Peter Grauer
Diane and Andreas Halvorsen
John and Jeanet Irwin
Mary and Howdy Phipps
Alejandro and Charlotte Santo Domingo
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Loretta and Chris Stadler
Allison and Leonard Stern
Ann and Andrew Tisch
Ward and Priscilla Woods
Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang
Don and Barbara Zucker

Vice Chairs

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Eleanor Briggs
The Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc.
Judy and Jamie Dimon
Katie and Peter Dolan
Antonia and George Grumbach, Jr.
Gillian Hearst
Sonia and Paul Jones
Mary and John LaMattina
Terry and Bob Lindsay
Makena Capital Management
Lisa and David T Schiff
David B “Scott” Schiff
Coty Sidnam


Cristián Samper, PhD
President and CEO
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Thomas J. Edelman
Hamilton E. James
Vice Chair
Elizabeth Ainslie
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
Loretta M. Stadler
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres
Marcel van Poecke
Akiko Yamazaki
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


Please respond by May 24 to be listed on the evening program.

$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.

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.


* 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.

past gala 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


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.