Zoological Society of Florida’s Feast With The Beasts presented by Ryder Charitable Foundation
The legendary fundraiser benefits education and conservation programs at Zoo Miami
Gregory Greene of Title Sponsor Ryder Charitable Foundation receives award from FWTB 2012 Co-Chairs Norma Jean Abraham and Irene Korge

Norma Jean Abraham, harpist Roberto Perera and Irene Korge

More than 1,300 guests enjoyed delectable delights from 40 fine South Florida restaurants, wild animal encounters, festive animal lights by Brandano Displays, open bars, live entertainment, and more at Feast with the Beasts (FWTB) presented by Ryder Charitable Foundation on March 2, 2012 at Zoo Miami. Together the party-goers, dressed in safari-chic cocktail attire, raised significant funds for the Zoo’s education and conservation programs.

Guests dined on everything including Bonefish Grill’s ahi tuna sashimi, Nikki Beach & Pearl’s firecracker shrimp and ceviche, Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s lamb lolli-pops with sweet potatoes, Asia de Cuba’s wild salmon ceviche and salted avocado ice-cream, China Grill’s fried rice, lamb spareribs and cucumber salad, Shake Shack’s signature burgers, Shula’s 347 Grill’s filet of rib eye over wild mushroom salad, Herbeque BBQ Catering’s Hawaiian roasted pig and many more.

“We’re thankful for the sponsors, our partners in Miami-Dade County and the state, the volunteers and staff that donated their time and funds to the 19th annual Feast With The Beasts,” said Benjamin H. Pingree, Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) President and CEO. “Without their support, the Zoological Society of Florida could not fulfill its mission of wildlife conservation and education and its responsibilities of financial support to Zoo Miami, volunteer and member programs, and marketing and public relations efforts.”

Special dignitaries at the wild fundraiser included Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Sally Heyman and Dennis Moss. Honored guests and zoo supporters in attendance included Ron Esserman, R. Kirk Landon & Pamela Garrison, Anthony & Beth Ann Morgenthau and Dr. James A. Kushlan, world-renowned expert on wading birds and Everglades ecology and major benefactor of Zoo Miami’s forthcoming Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit. Media personalities in attendance included NBC-6’s Pam Gigante & Roxanne Vargas, Big 105 FM’s Paul Castronovo & Kelly Craig, 790 The Ticket Radio’s Dan LeBatard, Kiss Country’s Darlene Evans, and WPLG-Ch. 10’s Jacey Birch.

“We’re thrilled that our guests enjoyed everything including the silent auction, the encounters with exotic animals, Adrienne Arsht Center’s Flamenco Festival dancers, Roberto Perera & Jorge Alfano, Fushu Daiko Japanese drummers , Jon Saxx on the Saxophone, Belly Motions’ belly dancers, the Moroccan party area by Caidal Events, and Ron Magill’s Spectacular Dance Party. With continued support, the ZSF can provide world-class exhibits, wildlife conservation programs and education programs to more than 840,000 people annually,” said Norma Jean Abraham and Irene Korge, 2012 FWTB Co-Chairs.

ZSF Board Member Sharon MacIvor, Jeanie Hernandez of Comcast, Karen Nishida, Irene Korge

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

Cris Rodriguez and ZSF Board Member Aliette Rodz of Shutts & Bowen

Yara Rinaman, Rita Magill, Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill and ZSF Board Member Linda Coll of the Carnival Foundation

Claudia Barroso, ZSF Board Member Ana Veiga-Milton, Ron Magill, Ana Maria Dalmastro, and Monica Veiga

Pamela Garrison and ZSF Board Member R. Kirk Landon

ZSF Board Member Grizzel Gonzalez from Mercantil Commercebank and Oswaldo Gonzalez

David McDonald and ZSF Board Member Kathy McDonald of Assurant

Mark Edwards of the Ware Foundation and Martha Edwards

ZSF President & CEO Benjamin H. Pingree, Irene Korge, Norma Jean Abraham and Zoo Miami Director Eric Stephens

ZSF Board Member Steven Schwartz of Global Security Products, Inc, Laurel Schwartz and ZSF Board Member Brian Mormile of U.S. Trust

Nory and Pete Fernandez, ZSF Board Member from Bernstein Investment Research & Management

Ron and Charlene Esserman

Portia, CEO and Founder of Belly Motions, a belly dance studio

Contenti Cupcakes at Feast With The Beasts 2012

Rita Magill, Yara Rinaman, and the chefs from Shula’s 347 Grill.

The scene after dark at Zoo Miami for Feast With The Beasts 2012

BIG 1059’s Paul Castronovo, NBC-6’s Roxanne Vargas and Ron Magill

Zoo mascot Gigi the giraffe, Ron Magill, and Zoo mascot Kaz the rhino with Pio

Kelly Craig and Bill Hoolihan

Elga Correa, ZSF Associate Children’s Zoo Keeper with rabbit

Local 10’s Jacey Birch and Paul Castronovo

Mariana Alzate and Esmeilyn Tejeda from Taste of the Wild Catering of Zoo Miami

Flamingos at Zoo Miami during Feast With The Beasts

NBC-6’s Pam Giganti and husband Alfred Bunge

Adrienne Arsht Center’s Flamenco Festival dancers

ZSF Board Member Jorge de la Torre of Kabat-Schertzer De La Torre-Taraboulos & Company, Maria De La Torre, Kiki Garcia and L.J. Rodriguez

World of Beer at Feast With The Beasts 2012