A Wildlife Gala

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What better place to celebrate the annual Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Gala than Central Park Zoo? This year WCS will honor Trustee and Philanthropist Barbara Hrek Zucker, her husband Donald Zucker, and Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Julie Packard. On Thursday June 11 WCS will host an innovative night in honor of these three influential contributors to commemorate and further WCS’s important role in protecting marine species around the world.

The 2015 Gala, Turning Tides, will present Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to maintain the health of our oceans in order to sustain marine biodiversity. The gala will additionally celebrate the transformation of the New York Aquarium, which can largely be attributed to Barbara Hrek Zucker and her husband Donald Zucker. The Zucker’s leadership gift will allow for the education and raised awareness of the significance of sustainable marine conservation. Their donation will also benefit the new “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” exhibit, which will further advocate local marine conservation education. Julie Packard, the founding executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has also played a crucial role in advancing ocean conservation. The aquarium has notably impacted ocean conservation worldwide through technology, science, exhibition, and education. Also a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a loyal supporter of WCS, Packard has long worked towards the conservation of marine life.

The WCS annual gala invites guests to Central Park Zoo for a black tie event that which will include a reception around the sea lion pool followed by dinner and dancing. The after party, WCS After Dark, will involve the next generation of ocean conservation enthusiasts. Ultimately all proceeds from the event will work toward further conservation efforts by Wildlife Conservation Society to promote and maintain healthy oceans.

Make sure to check out WCS’s website for individual tickets and tables, which are available for purchase online.