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2022-06-09 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine The Wildlife Conservation Society Gala Takes the Central Park Zoo by Storm

The Wildlife Conservation Society Gala Takes the Central Park Zoo by Storm

CALL OF THE WILD Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos during the 2022 Wildlife Conservation Society Gala
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A downpour couldn’t put a damper on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s annual gala on Tuesday night. Held at the Central Park Zoo, the evening kicked off with drinks in the central garden. Guests sipped champagne and paused for photo ops before turning their attention to the sea lion pool. There, keepers led a feeding and training session that was well worth braving a drizzle in cocktail attire.

The festivities continued under a dry tent with tropical decor, and the evening’s honoree Jeff Bezos was celebrated for his commitment to conservation through his work with the Bezos Earth Fund. “We have to live in harmony with nature,” the Amazon founder said in his passionate speech, delivered in between courses of a sustainable and locally-sourced dinner. After indulging in a bit of strawberry panna cotta, attendees hit the dance floor in full force.

Alejandro Santo Domingo, Jeff Bezos, and Cristián Samper
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Gillian Hearst
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Suriya Khan and Trevor Philips
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Samantha Sorbaro and Kam Chauhan
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Mary Bryant McCourt
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Priscilla and Alexis Zoullas
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Hannah Gershenson and Patrick Giordano
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Cristián Samper, with Charlotte and Alejandro Santo Domingo
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Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
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Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell Aston
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Marisa and Robin van Bokhorst
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Silvio Gonzato and Alexandre Stutzmann
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Kitty Sherrill and Ana Laffont
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Chuck and Ellen Scarborough
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Juan Manuel Santos and Belen Samper
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