Wildlife Conservation Gala

March 18 7 to 11 p.m.

Thank You for Making a Difference!

More than 100 guests attended the Detroit Zoological Society’s (DZS) inaugural Wildlife Conservation Gala on March 18, presented by Gage Products Company. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit-down dinner in the iconic Wildlife Interpretive Gallery at the Detroit Zoo.

Themed “Making a Difference”, the event included a multi-media presentation highlighting the Detroit Zoological Society’s global wildlife conservation efforts to save species from gorillas in the Congo and snow leopards in central Asia to penguins in Antarctica and golden frogs in Panama.

The night was capped off with the presentation of the Nautilus Award – given annually to an individual who has demonstrated great leadership in wildlife conservation. This year’s award was presented to Scott Carter, Chief Life Sciences Officer for the Detroit Zoological Society. Carter has spent the last 25 years working tirelessly to improve the care of the animals at the Detroit Zoo, expand the organization’s conservation efforts and lead the educational programs offered both locally and globally.

As a parting gift, each guest was given a book of Wildlife Conservation Stories created exclusively for the Gala that highlights the Detroit Zoological Society’s many worldwide projects to save endangered species, as well as a gold starfish pin and a bookmark that tells the story of the starfish (adapted from the writings of Loren Eiseley) that serves as inspiration for all of the Detroit Zoological Society’s wildlife conservation efforts, highlighting the importance of every individual animal.

The evening raised more than $67,000 in net revenue for the Detroit Zoological Society’s wildlife conservation programs.

Special Thanks

The DZS would like to thank the following corporations and individuals for their generous support of the Wildlife Conservation Gala.

Presenting Sponsor: Gage Products Company

Conservation Champions:

  • The Cotton Family
  • Debbie and John Erb
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.

Conservation Heroes:

  • Jane and Dan Alessandrini
  • Eleanore and Richard Gabrys
  • Pat and Ed Geisinger
  • Thomas Guastello and Susan Luch
  • Doreen Hermelin
  • Dr. Edward H. and Shirley L. Hirsch
  • Jonathan and Patricia Holtzman
  • Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Houseman
  • Ron L. Kagan
  • Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte
  • Sue and Alan J. Kaufman
  • Kelly Services
  • Lisa and Hannan Lis
  • Bobbi and Stephen Polk
  • Michael and Kathrin Salgat
  • Goody and Lloyd Semple