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The Wildlife Conservation Society's Flights of Fancy Gala
06/10/2010 - By New York, NY

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Flights of Fancy Gala

On June 10, 2010, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) hosted their annual Spring Gala at the Central Park Zoo, honoring Art Ortenberg and Dr. Jonathan Fanton for their continual support and efforts made toward conservation.

WCS’s GALA 2010: Flights of Fancy immersed guests such as Mira Sorvino, Bernadette Peters, Emmy Rossum, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Chuck Scarborough, Gillian Hearst Simonds, Muffie Potter Aston, celebrity DJ – DJ Cassidy and others, in the vibrant, extraordinary world of birds — magnificent dancing cranes, crooning penguins, brilliantly-colored flamingos, and fierce raptors among others.

WCS’s GALA 2010: Flights of Fancy provided a fabulous opportunity for fashionable flocks of New York City’s finest philanthropists to flash their plumage in the spectacular outdoor setting of the Central Park Zoo. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing within a stunning party backdrop envisioned by premiere event designer and floral architect Preston Bailey, renowned for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces into opulent, theatrical environments, translating his clients’ visions into awe-inspiring reality.

Birds play an essential role in connecting people to nature. One can delight in viewing their unique physical forms, vivid colors and behaviors, yet they do more than provide something beautiful to observe. As important indicators of environmental health, birds help maintain the earth's ecological balance and alert us to shifts like climate change that impact all species. WCS works to protect over 350 species of birds and their habitats around the world and cares for the world’s finest collection of birdlife at our five wildlife parks in New York.

Gala proceeds benefited WCS’s work around the world to protect wildlife and wild places.

Photos by Will Ragozzino from Patrick McMullan

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