Zoo Miami Foundation’s Feast with the Beasts
More than $225,000 raised for education and conservation efforts
Rita Magill & Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill

The more than 850 guests who attended Feast with the Beasts at Zoo Miami on March 10, 2017 dined on delectable bites from South Florida restaurants and establishments, enjoyed wild animal encounters, open bars from Bacardí, their largest ever Hookah Lounge, live entertainment and more. Guests came dressed in chic cocktail attire and together raised more than $225,000, benefiting Zoo Miami’s education and conservation efforts.

“Feast with the Beasts is a wonderful annual event for our supporters and community,” said Bill Moore, Zoo Miami Foundation (ZMF) President and CEO. “We are truly grateful to our sponsors, restaurants, volunteers and staff that donate their time, support and funds to make it possible.”

Guests indulged on tasty bites from 33 restaurants, including Bonefish Grill, Chef Adrianne’s, Devon Seafood & Steak, Kitchen 305, Misha’s Cupcakes, Shula’s 347, Texas de Brazil, and CrêpeMaker, among others. The night’s entertainment included salsa performances by Salsa Lovers, belly dancing by Mid East Performing Arts Academy, live painting by artist Amanda Valdes, a supreme Hookah Lounge by Alibaba Events, a silent auction, a special drawing to win a trip to New York City Fashion Week and much more!

Additional notable sponsors included: Assurant, the José Milton Foundation, FPL, Ryder, Greenberg Traurig, Wells Fargo, BACARDI, Ruby Bacardi, Carnival Cruise Lines, CapTrust, Susan & Larry Kahn, Serendip-a-tea, Chary Rico-Toro, Fitzgerald & Isaacson, Hancock Askew, Mary Barley, Morris & Reynolds, PCL, United Way, Bill & Jill Moore, Fit & Wine Travel, the Marlins Foundation, Professional Bank and Sunset Dermatology.

ZMF and Miami Dade School Board Member Larry Feldman, Ph.D. and Avis Feldman

Live Painting by Artist Amanda Valdes

West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s Bamboo Café restaurant team

David McDonald and ZMF Board Member Katharine McDonald of Assurant

Yvonne Mafia and ZMF Board Member Diana Fitzgerald, Esq. of Fitzgerald & Isaacson, LLP

Rosa Mexicano

Alec Milton, Jessica Younis, Past ZMF Board Chairperson Ana Veiga Milton and Cecil Milton of the Jose Milton Foundation & United Property Management

Zoo Miami Foundation (ZMF) Emeritus Board Members Merrett Stierheim and Ron Esserman with Judy Stierheim

Alina Hudak of Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and Ed Hudak, City of Coral Gables Chief of Police

Seasons 52

Sandy Stephens and ZMF Emeritus Board Member and Past Zoo Miami Director Eric Stephens

Jill Moore, ZMF President & CEO Bill Moore, David Pumphrey and Cynthia Knight

Linda Heithaus, ZMF Board Member Michael Heithaus of Florida International University and ZMF CEO & President Bill Moore

Mary Barley of the Everglades Foundation Board and Dan Burkhardt

Steel drum players

Ana Trejos at the Silent Auction

Past ZMF Board Chairman Ana Veiga Milton of the Jose Milton Foundation with ZMF President & CEO Bill Moore & Jill Moore

Mid East Performing Art Academy dancers

Dr. Limon

Salsa Lovers dancers


ZMF Board Member George Leser of Bank of America and Esther Viteri

Whole Foods Team

Zoo Miami Director Carol Kruse, Karl Kruse, and Zoo Miami Registrar Rachél Watkins Rogers

ZMF Board Chairman James A. Kushlan, Ph.D., and ZMF Board Member Armando Fernandez of FPL

Cecil Milton of the Jose Milton Foundation & United Property Management, Past ZMF Board Chairman Ana Veiga Milton, ZMF Board Chairman Jim Kushlan, Kirsten Hines, ZMF Board Member Jose Romano and Joanna Romano

Director of Education of the Everglades Foundation Jennifer Diaz and ZMF Board Member Eric Eikenberg of the Everglades Foundation

Joanna Romano and ZMF Board Chair-elect Jose C. Romano of Baptist Health South Florida

Alibaba Events Hookah Lounge by Daniel Milton