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ZooGala Captivates with Stroll through Moroccan Souk

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Birmingham Zoo hosted its largest fundraising event of the year, ZooGala 2014, at its Trails of Africa exhibit. The event was sponsored by IBERIABANK, a partner of the Birmingham Zoo for 10 years. All funds raised at ZooGala directly benefit the Birmingham Zoo’s operational efforts and help the Zoo continue its mission of “Inspiring Passion for the Natural World.” Honorary Chairs of this year’s event were Don and Anna James. More than 400 guests arrived to the Moroccan themed event. The event showcased a Moroccan souk with belly dancers and elaborate displays of colorful tents and lanterns as music by the 14 Karat Gold Dance Band created the perfect ambiance for the occasion. To kick off the evening, guests were greeted by Zoo animals such as a Crowned pigeon, fennec fox, an American alligator, a barn owl and more. ZooGala also featured a jewelry showcase from Empire Diamond Corporation.

At 7pm, guests of this cocktail attire affair mingled and enjoyed drinks throughout the event area and then visited the Moroccan market stations for dinner by Kathy G. and Company. The menu consisted of Moroccan inspired dishes such as Tandori Style Chicken Breast over Grilled Rosemary Bruschetta with Fava Bean Pesto and Micro Greens, Grilled Fresh Gulf Prawns Kebabs with Red Coconut Curry and Lamb, Vidalia Onions, Dried Dates and Golden Raisins.

Guests enjoyed drinks, dancing and dessert at the Boogie with the Beasts after party from 9pm- 11pm presented by the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board.

This year’s silent auction was a huge success and included exciting packages, parties, getaways and more. Guests were able to bid on Frank Fleming bronze sculptures, the “Ultimate” Family Zoo Membership, trips to South Carolina and Saint Lucia, private Zoo events, a necklace from Empire Diamond Corporation and other amazing items. This year’s silent auction was a huge success and included exciting packages, parties, getaways and more. Guests were able to bid on Frank Fleming bronze sculptures, the “Ultimate” Family Zoo Membership, trips to South Carolina and Saint Lucia, private Zoo events, a necklace from Empire Diamond Corporation and other amazing items. This year’s silent auction was a huge success and included exciting packages, parties, getaways and more. Guests were able to bid on Frank Fleming bronze sculptures, the “Ultimate” Family Zoo Membership, trips to South Carolina and Saint Lucia, private Zoo events, a necklace from Empire Diamond Corporation and other amazing items.

Spotted at the Event: Greg and Kendall King, Don and Anna James, Jesse and Laura Vogtle, Dr. Bill Foster and Jean Cecil, Birmingham City Councilor Valerie Abbott, Martha Espy, Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin, Laura Kate Lindsey, Homewood City Mayor Scott McBrayor and Nici Morrison, Representative Paul and Dr. Jacqueline DeMarco, Birmingham City Councilor Steven and Daphne Hoyt, Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty and Brad Hobbs, Representative Alann Johnson, Mountain Brook Mayer Terry Oden, Birmingham City Councilor and President Pro Tempore Jay and Niva Roberson, Guy and Colin Mitchell, Ron and Valerie Ramsbacher, Bill and Marcie Rodrigues, Dr. Cotton and Melinda Shallcross, Bryson and Courtney Stephens, Tom and Sarah Warburton, Robert and Kelly Aland, Bryan and Rachel Coleman, Bobby and Leigh Collier, Jack and Ensley Darnall, David and Robin Davis, Austin and Amanda Davis, Pete and Erin Donohoo, Glenn and Nancy Goedecke, Brandon Garner and Amanda Hawkins, Elias and Gaynell Hendricks, Julie Herring, Matt and Caroline Hottle, Stephen and Cissy Jackson, Randy and Lauri Jordan, David Loper and Tom Barnett, Wally Nall III, Jim and Murray Priester, Drs. Mike and Amy Albert, Andrew and Angela Anderson, John Holmes and Paula Beck, Walt and Ruth Berry, Samuel and Kathleen Bowen II, Jeffrey and Jennifer Brewer, Stratton and Heather Brock, Hank and Cindy Brown, Robert and Helena Buchalter, Tommy and Pam Burleson, William and Kelley Caine, Phil and Karen Carroll, Dr. Lee and Carolyn Carter, Ed and Lynn Cassady, John and Bronwyn Chapman, Chris and Donna Christie, George and Laura Clarke, Trey and Collins Clegg, Gisel Cooper, John and Kate Cotton, Jimmy and Julie Crocker, Phil and Amy Croft, William and Alison Crotwell, Marcel and Jennifer DeBruge, Preston and Lori Dixon, David Donaldson, Robert and Arianne Fowler, Chris and Sue Gargala, Stephen and Caroline Gidiere, David and Anna Goode, Trippe and Jennifer Gray, Ryan and Leah Harry, Drs. Corey and Erika Hartman, Tom Hill, Dan and Ashley Hugunine, Clarence and Laura James, Pam Kilgore, Gary Burley and Bobbie Knight, John and Lindsey Lacey, Dr. Jim and Katie Lasker, Dr. Kevin and Brooke Lauer, Warren and Valerie Lightfoot, Will and Lizy Matthews, John and Sara McDonald, Leah McDonnell, Lesley McRae, Joe and Camille Medori, Michael and Amy Mills, Toby Voght and Samantha Nicolle, Mac Moorer and Kristie Nix, Delane and Kara Myers, Page and Jessica Naftel, Craft O’Neal and Lisa Oliver, Phil and Leslie Passifiume, Rev. Andrew and Lauren Pearson, Scott Price, Mark and Catherine Pugh, Alan and Karen Register, Jim and Sheila Richardson, Andrew and Atisthan Roach, Charlie Burke and Betsy Rogers, John and Kelli Rucker, Joe and Jenny Saling, Dr. Wes and Joy Samford, Steve and Barbie Sanak, Charlie and Whitney Saunders, Gina Savage, John and Amber Scanlan, Steve and Linda Sewell, Dr. Robert and Tracy Slaughter, Lee and Natalie Smith, Perry and Lori Smith, Jodie and Dorothy Smith, Henley and Krislin Smith, Tony and Jacqueline Smoke, Stephen and Lucy Spann, Paul and Lacy Sparks, Jeff and Sumner Starling, George and Brittany Stegall, Barbara Stone, Mark and Betsy Stuermann, Josh and Susan Terrell, John and Clair Thomas, Mark and Ashlee Todd, John and Mary Turner, Rebecca Valverde, Al and Tish Vance, Foster and Linda Ware, Willis and Meredith Watkins, Donald and Chay Watkins, Terry and Jennifer Watson, Carl and Jennifer West, Lawrence and Callie Whatley, Phil Hill and DeeDee White, Penny and Sarah Whiteside, Mark and Tina Wilcoxen, Dr. Kevin and LynnAnn Windsor, and Tom and Caroline Yeiling.

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