The Conservation Ball: Lion's and Tigers and Bears, OH MY!

The enchantingly elegant and wonderfully wild Conservation Ball will be held on Friday, October 21st, at the Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Drive.  Hosted for the 21st time by chairman and FOC President, Reute Butler, daughter of Founder and International Chairman, Jorie Butler Kent, this grand affair benefits the Friends of Conservation whose mission provides protection for wildlife in the Masai Mara and other wildlife reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, through habitat conservation programs, anti-poaching efforts, youth education, and community development.   Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy is the presenting supporter of this black tie ball, along with American Airlines and Gala Chairmen Rachael Phillippe, Holly Rothschild, Wendy Sherman, Jessica Swift and Joan Wegner.

The evening will also feature renowned wildlife expert, Jim Fowler, who always brings along his delightful, furry friends.  I’ve never seen a more extensive and exciting group of auction packages either!  The trips offered are once in a lifetime experiences and include a South African safari, American Airlines business class tickets to London and South America, an 8-day trip throughout Turkey, a two week trip to Antarctica aboard Le Boreal (the first all-balcony stateroom and suite expedition ship to travel to Antarctica), 11-day trip throughout Thailand, a five day journey to Peru, a collection of 100+ bottles of wine and the opportunity to custom craft your own batch of beer courtesy of Greenbush Brewing Co. & Fitzgerald’s Gastro Pub.  Whew!  The best part is you can be an absentee bidder too!  Donor tickets begin at $375 and for the younger set, 35 and under, tickets are $250.  And if you’d just like to experience dancing to the Stanley Paul Orchestra and the wildlife presentation beginning at 8:30, tickets are only $75.  For more info, please visit their website,   And for bidding info and tickets, please email or call 630.288.2714.   Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!

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