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Zoological Society of Florida’s Feast With The Beasts
presented by TotalBank at Miami Metrozoo
 

Toucan Society Founding Member Kirk Landon and Pam Garrison


Feast With The Beasts Co-Chair Irene and Chris Korge

More than 1,200 guests enjoyed delectable delights from 40 fine South Florida restaurants, wild animal encounters, festive animal lights by Brandano Displays, open bars, fire dancers, belly dancers, and more at Feast with the Beasts (FWTB) at Miami Metrozoo. Together the party-goers, dressed in warm carnival-inspired cocktail attire, raised significant funds for the Zoo's education and conservation programs. Guests dined on everything including The Ivy in the Grove's Bang Bang shrimp and inside out strawberry cheesecake, Ruth's Chris Steak House's grilled beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes, Carbonell Olive Oil's paella marinera, Gotham Steak's Yellow fin tuna tartar, Town Kitchen & Bar's gumbo, and Kitchen 305's Lobster salad in tortillas cups.

"We're thankful for the sponsors, restaurants, vendors, generous organizations, volunteers and staff that donated their time, money and fare to Feast with the Beasts. The Miami Heat dancers, Pyro Fusion fire dancers, Flowing Arts Movement belly dancers and Moroccan party area by Berber Events made this event fun and unforgettable," said Nestor Rodriguez, Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) President and CEO.

Special dignitaries at the wild fundraiser included Commissioners Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Sally Heyman, Katy Sorenson and County Manager George Burgess. Broadcast news anchors like Dan Le Batard, Lissette Gonzalez, and Bob Mayer also came to enjoy the varied cuisine and encounters with parrots, hawks, snakes, skunks and lizards.

"We're thrilled that our guests enjoyed everything including the silent auction, Splashlight Photobooth and the Toucanettes- the ZSF's very own dance troupe. With continued support, the ZSF can provide world-class exhibits, wildlife conservation programs and education programs to more than 800,000 people annually," said Norma Jean Abraham and Irene Korge, 2010 FWTB Chairs.

Beautiful models clad in black were selling zootinis, special zoo inspired martinis made with Revolution Good Spirits Sugar Free Mixers in assorted flavors. Zootini purchasers were given a glow in the dark glass to keep and refill all night for free.

Ron Magill's Spectacular Dance Party was a hit with great entertainment and plenty of desserts. DJ Donny Michaels started the party off with The Miami Heat dancers and great dance music. Those with a sweet tooth were treated to Blue Bell Ice Cream, Cupcakes Nouveau, 2 Girls and a Cupcake, Ghiradelli chocolate, Hot Cookies, Aroma Espresso & Cappuccino Bar and much more.



Toucan Society Founding Members: Eric Stephens, Kirk Landon, Dan Licciardi, Marta Weeks, Kelly Allocco, Juan Carlos Trueba, Sam Blum, Jack Kardys and Nestor Rodriguez


Feast With The Beasts Co-Chair Norma Jean Abraham and Anthony Abraham of the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation

Judy and Merrett Stierheim, Past ZSF Chairman of the Board


ZSF Board Members Lee Middleton and Juliet Johansson with Omar Guerra Johansson

CBS-4 anchor Lissette Gonzalez and Michael Sheehan at Feast With The Beasts at Miami Metrozoo.


Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz and Rita and Ron Magill

ZSF Board Member Brian Mormile of US Trust, Jane Mormile, Mayor Steve Bateman and Donna Bateman


ZSF Board Member Filemon Lopez of Comcast, Jeanie Hernandez of Comcast, Kelly Lopez, and Stephen Schott of CapTrust

Frank Milton, ZSF Board Member Ana Veiga Milton, Cecil Milton, Ana Trejos and Carlos Chartrand


Joseph, Carol-Ann & Mark Joseph Russo on behalf of Geraldine Russo.

Karl Wulf and Marta Weeks-Wulf


Nydia Gonzalez and ZSF Board Member Manny Gonzalez of the MGM Foundation

Children’s Zoo Manager Mike Perez with hawk


Bella Goldstein, Suzanne Bezaltler and Terri Schifrin

David McDonald and ZSF Board Member Kathy McDonald from Assurant


Juan Carlos Espinosa and Xavier Cortada

Zoo Keeper Alejandra Aramburo-Ruhland with skunk

Barry Moskowitz and Commissioner Sally Heyman


Myra and Newt Porter

State Representative Julio Robaina and Shawn Kelly

Adrian and Aliette Rodz, ZSF Board Member from Shutts & Bowen


Zootini bar

Sushisamba


Ramon Rodriguez from Presenting Sponsor TotalBank and Nestor Rodriguez, ZSF President & CEO

ZSF Board Member Manny Rodriguez of FPL, Irene Rodriguez, Hector and Linda Ortiz


ZSF Board Members Pete Fernandez from Bernstein Global Wealth Management and Bill Gallwey from Shutts & Bowen

ZSF Board Members Mr. and Mrs. Marc Osheroff of Osheroff Investments and Mr. and Mrs. Rob Hudson of Infante, Zumpano, Hudson & Miloch


Flamenco dancers from Carbonell

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