Inside The 2015 Wildlife Conservation Society Gala: Turning Tides

by Tom Strong-Grinsell · June 22, 2015

Inside The 2015 Wildlife Conservation Society Gala: Turning Tides

This June, the Wildlife Conservation Society and its patrons spent the night with the sea lions inside the Central Park Zoo on the Upper East Side, to celebrate the sea lions themselves and turning the tides on conserving and protecting the earth's oceans.The night honored WCS Trustee and philanthropist, Barbara Hrbek Zucker; real estate developer, Donald Zucker; and Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Julie E. Packard for their continued commitment to preserving and conserving the earths oceans.

Guests were treated to a dinner in the midst of the zoo under the tents enjoying the warm summer weather, while gaining a glimpse into the ongoing work the organization puts towards its efforts. Additionally, guests were allowed to view a mockup of the new Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium and exhibit "Ocean Wonders: Sharks" which is set to welcome over a million visitors per year once open, serving as a vital resource in both science education and marine conservation.

After a dinner featuring wild salmon and blueberry lemon pound cake for dessert, guests were welcomed to party with the sea lions at the events after-party, prior to the WCS's Junior Councils afterparty at Tao Downtown.

Click through for a look inside this years WCS Gala: Turning Tides.

Who was there: Guests included, Aaron Albinder, Adam Robison, Adriana Casas, Aisling Donnelly, Alban Delierre, Alecta Hill, Alejandro Santa Domingo, Alex Manfull, Alex Robertson, Alex Schmid, Alexandra Burchfield, Alexandra Chunn, Alexarndra Schulz, Ali Bono, Ali Mangione, Alice Lloyd George, Alison Hevenstreit, Alison Minton, Allison Morrow, Allison Sheats, Allison Stern, Amanda Starbuck, Amy Pompea, Andie Moreno, Andres von der Goltz, Andrew Lam, Andrew Tisch, Andy Fleming, Angela Corridan, Ann Hale, Ann Tisch, Anne Keating, Anthony Adler, Anya Cekauskas, Arielle Buff, Arthur Campbell, Arthur Fraser, Ashely Simko, Ashley Platt, Averell Satloff, Barbara Albinder, Barbara Zucker, Beau Allen, Beeta Jahedi, Ben Daily, Ben Pike, Bertina Ceccarelli, Bill Conway, Billy Cooling, Bob Lindsay, Boo Grace, Brett Clark, Brett O'Brien, Brittany Patton, Caitlin Branca, Caitlin Lyons, Carl Lopp, Carlyle Stewart, Carol Campbell, Carol Denahan, Caroline Benedetta, Caroline Connor, Carolyn Conner, Cat Dewey, Cayte Grieve, CeCe Cord, Chandler Rutherford, Chanel Korby, Charles Hale, Charles Z. Bornstein, Charlotte Wellesley, Chase Fitzsimmons, Chris Deschler, Chris Lentz, Chris Mole, Chrissy Rault, Christa Conway, Cindy Willis, Claudia Gaissmaier, Claudio Campagna, Cobie Smulders, Conor Sutherland, Corrine Stratford, Courtney Thompson Friel, Cristian Samper, Dan Lederman, Dana Schiff, Daniel Smith, Dave LaMattina, David Boyd, David Patrick Columbia, David Schiff, Deni Tseretopoulos, Dennis Pate, Dillon Lanius, Donald Zucker, Dr. Amy Attas, Dr. Sherrell Aston, Eaddy Kiernan, Eiseley Tauginas, Eleanor Briggs, Ellen Grein, Emily D'Antonio, Eric Goode, Erica Hands, Felicia Hamerman, Garrett Virtue, Gene McGrath, George Wambold, Gianni Martire, Gillian Hearst Simonds, Grace duPont, Graham Harris, Gregory D'Elia, Hannah Gershenson, Harrison Waterstreet, Harry Mallory, Hayley Bloomingdale, Howard Phipps, Howard Tytel, Ian Kempner, Ian Snow, Ian Stratford, Ida Peterson, Ingrid Edelman, Isabol Glover, Jacob Albinder, Jamie Warnock, Jasper Larsen, Jean Shafiroff, Jeanne Resor, Jeanne Sedgwick, Jenny Seidman, Jesse Williamson, Jessica Hevenstreit, Jessica Vogel, Jill Nicolini, Jill Nicoll, Jim Breheny, Jim Simpson, Jim Ziron, Joan Jedell, Joe Donahue, Joe Walston, John Danello, John Hallquest, John Robinson, John Wambold, Jon Cohen, Joseph Mizrahi, Julias Schweren, Julie Gillen, Julie Packard, Julie Paulino, Karen Kerns, Kathryn Thompson, Katie Dolan, Katie Richard, Kayte Grieve, Ken Hutchinson, Kim Schmid, Kim White, Kirsten Galef, Kris Vehrs, Kristen Berke, Kristy Rao, Kyle Fleming, Ladd Willis, Lee Ehmke, Leonard Stern, Lia Reed, Lily Hoagland, Lily Moore, Linda Argila, Linda Cox, Lindsey Gershenson, Lisa Schiff, Liz Levinson, Madeleine Sullivan, Malcom Tulloch, Maria Atriveri, Mark Schwarz, Marlene Hess, Martin Shafiroff, Marvin Thomas, Mary Phipps, Mary Snow, Marybeth Donahue, Matt Tigh, Matthew Douglas, Matthew Vahidi, Megan Hearst, Meggie Kempner, Meghan Pearson, Melanie Wambold, Mia Hamamoto, Mia Merrill, Michael Parker, Mike Elliot, Mike Roldan, Millie Beasley, Mona Manahi, Morgan Yahney, Muffie Potter Aston, Nadalyn McNichols, Nancy Silverman, Naomi Albinder, Naomi Walston, Natalie Glaser, Natasha Das, Nicole DiCocco, Nicole Meyer, Nilsa Toppe, Oliver Merrill, Otto Belle, Owen Hoffmann, Patricia Bailey, Patrick Friel, Patrick McMullan, Patti Ruiz Healy, Paul Tapogna, Perri Peltz, Peter Holowesko, Peter Kachadourian, Peter Kiernan, Peter Makas, Peter Reid, Peter Wilson, Pieter van den Berg, Pricilla Thors, Priscilla Woods, Rachel Robison, Rae Scheer, Rebecca Chaiklin, Rebecca Regan, Rick Witmer, Ritchey Howe, Rob Allen, Rob Stillman, Robert Bilak, Robert Menzi, Robert Ouimette, Robert Zimmerman, Roger Fotso, Roselyn Turro, Ross Cohen, Roy Zuckerberg, Sam Fried, Samantha Shlopak, Samuel Leeds, Sandy Tytel, Sara Hughes, Sara Marinello, Sarah Cohn, Sarah Esserman, Sarah Hughes, Sasha Leviant, Scott Fulmer, Scott Schiff, Scott Silver, Sergio Furman, Shiloh Bates, Sigourney Weaver, Sims Lansing, Stephanie Clark, Stephanie Lawrence, Stephen Moeller, Stephen Shapiro, Steven Grapstein, Steven Sachs, Sue Ann Weinberg, Susan Kittenplan, Susie van den Berg, Tammy Conley, Tariq Judeh, Taylor Ivey, Thomas Gaissmaier, Tiffany Frasier, Timmothy Briggs, Tina Nikari, Todd Stevens, Tom Connor, Tom Schmid, Tommy Kahn Rebecca Regan, Topper Mortimer, Tori Hill, Tory Burch, Trisha Guillen, Tucker Virtue, Tyler Thors, Victoria Breining, Virginia Tomenson, Viviane Arias, Wally Zeins, Walter Tomenson, Ward Woods, Warren James, Wellington Denahan, and Wendy Brightner

[Photos by Julie Larsen Maher]