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Michael R. Bloomberg

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

Black Tie

Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
Louis and Gabrielle Bacon
Judy and Jamie Dimon
Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller
Tony and Amie James
Sonia and Paul Jones
Amelia and Bayo Ogunlesi
Alejandro and Charlotte Santo Domingo
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Andrew and Ann Tisch
Ward and Priscilla Woods


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 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 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.


Michael R. Bloomberg
Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 108th Mayor of New York City

Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City for three terms. The technology startup he launched in 1981 to provide real-time data and analysis to the financial services industry has grown into a global company that now employs over 19,000 people in 73 countries. He led the company for 20 years before entering public service full-time, and since leaving City Hall in 2013, has resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP.

Bloomberg was elected mayor less than two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than expected on issues ranging from education to health to economic development.

A lifelong philanthropist, Bloomberg founded Bloomberg Philanthropies,which focuses on five main areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. He also leads a number of bi-partisan coalitions on urgent issues, including climate change, gun safety, immigration reform, and infrastructure investment. Bloomberg serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, with the charge to galvanize the efforts of local and regional governments, businesses, and civil society. He is also the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases. He is co-author, with Carl Pope, of the New York Times bestseller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet.

Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.



Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
Louis and Gabrielle Bacon
Judy and Jamie Dimon
Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller
Tony and Amie James
Sonia and Paul Jones
Amelia and Bayo Ogunlesi
Alejandro and Charlotte Santo Domingo
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Andrew and Ann Tisch
Ward and Priscilla Woods

Vice Chairs

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Eleanor Briggs
Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP
Katie and Peter Dolan
Jill and Gordon Dyal
Ingrid and Thomas Edelman
Brad and Sunny Goldberg
Antonia and George Grumbach, Jr.
Gillian Hearst
John and Jeanet Irwin and behalf of Hillside Capital Incorporated
Mary and John LaMattina
Elaine and Ken Langone
Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund
Terry and Bob Lindsay
Makena Capital Management
Helen and Gene McGrath
Mary and Howdy Phipps
Lisa and David T Schiff
Virginia and Warren Schwerin
Coty Sidnam
The Starr Foundation
The Walt Disney Company
Don and Barbara Zucker

Gala Leadership

Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc.
Jon and Sally Green
Justin Korsant
Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages
Manoj and Rita Singh


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

Elizabeth Ainslie
Frederick W. Beinecke
Rosina M. Bierbaum
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

Juan Manuel Santos,
Former President of Colombia and Nobel Laureate

David B. Schiff
Walter C. Sedgwick
Katherine Sherrill
Caroline N. Sidnam
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres

Life Trustees

C. Diane Christensen
Robert G. Goelet
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
Brian J. Heidtke



Please respond by May 17 to be listed on the program.

Gifts of $25,000 and above will be listed as a Vice Chair.
Gifts of $15,000 will be listed as Gala Leadership.
Gifts of $1,000 and above will be listed by level of giving.

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 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 event photos



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

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