Beastly Feast returns for “A Walk on the Wild Side”

May 17, 2022

One of Atlanta’s most anticipated black tie galas returned on Saturday, May 7 during Beastly Feast 2022 to benefit Zoo Atlanta. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, served as the event’s presenting sponsor, marking Ford’s 37th year of support for The Beastly Feast. The 2022 event, “A Walk on the Wild Side,” welcomed nearly 500 guests to the zoo’s Ford Pavilion and raised nearly $950,000.

Honorary co-chairs for the event were Faye and Drew Evans, both of whom have longstanding ties to Zoo Atlanta. Mr. Evans served 14 years on the zoo’s board of trustees, including two terms as chairman of the board. Dr. Evans lent his expertise as a pediatric anesthesiologist to assist the zoo’s Veterinary Services team in the care of a primate born with significant health issues and in a primate procedure for the Great Ape Heart Project, the first coordinated clinical approach targeting cardiovascular disease across all four non-human great ape taxa: gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos. Over the years, the two have played pivotal roles in fundraising efforts that have helped shape the future of the organization.

“We were thrilled to throw a successful beastly party surrounded by so many supporters and friends of Zoo Atlanta on its finest night of the year. This event is a living example of our community’s exceptional tradition of generosity towards the Zoo and its mission of conservation and education,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We are deeply grateful for 37 extraordinary years of presenting sponsorship from the Ford Motor Company. It is the support of companies like Ford that allows the continuation and growth of the work we do.

Pictured, left to right, Jessica Heckner, CX operations manager, Ford Motor Company-Atlanta, region; Raymond King, president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta; Faye and Drew Evans, Honorary Co-Chairs of Beastly Feast 2022; and Benna Deese, head of global operations and Atlanta partnerships, Ford Motor Company Fund.

The event included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from some of Atlanta’s best restaurants during an outdoor walk through the zoo, followed by a sit-down dinner and dancing in the converted Ford Pavilion. for the night by Tony Brewer & Company. An annual highlight of The Beastly Feast is its silent auction, featuring works of art; jewelry; home decoration; antiques; travel opportunities; boxes at sporting and cultural events; one-of-a-kind zoo experiences; and more.

“Ford Motor Company Fund believes in the power of collaboration. In Ford’s 37 years as Presenting Sponsor of Beastly Feast, we have enjoyed the positive impact of this valuable partnership in support of Zoo Atlanta’s conservation and education efforts. We look forward to a continued relationship with this beloved member of the Atlanta community,” said Benna Deese, Atlanta global operations and partnerships manager for Ford Motor Company Fund.

Ford Motor Company’s indelible mark on Zoo Atlanta began with the 1988 opening of the Ford African Rain Forest, which was a landmark event for Zoo Atlanta and the City of Atlanta, when the he complex’s most famous inhabitant, the legendary late Willie B. lowland gorilla, emerged for the first time in over 25 years. The gorilla population in the Ford African Rain Forest is now one of the largest in North America. The complex also includes The Living Treehouse, home to black and white frilled lemurs, crowned lemurs, ring-tailed lemurs and a spectacular diversity of birds, and Makokou Monkeys, home to Angolan colobus monkeys, borer monkeys , Schmidt’s monkeys, and Wolf’s monkeys.

The Beast Party 2023 will take place on Saturday, May 6. Stay tuned to for more information.

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