What: Houston Zoo Conservation Gala.
Where: A chandelier-draped tent on zoo grounds.
PC Moment: Make that several major moments — highest ever monies raised (more than $1 million), highest attendance (600), and highest proceeds from “paddles up” ($187,955) at the ninth annual “Feed Your Wildlife Conservation Gala: Saving Rhinos.” As part of the zoo’s conservation focus, proceeds will go to the zoo’s partnership with three international foundations working to protect rhinoceros in Africa. Taking bows as honorees were former zoo director Rick Barongi and longtime zoo supporter Donald Kendall.
Who: Nancy and David Pustka, Randa and K.C. Weiner, Sybil Roos, Betsy Garlington, Holly and Austin Alvis, Diane Kendall, Jane Block, Audra and Sean McNicholas, Diane Ledder, Natasha Anderson, Darren Lindamood, Anna McNair, Jourdan Ellis, Holt McNairand and zoo director Lee Ehmke.