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2018 Gala Co-Chairs

Kelley and Stephen Lubanko

Featuring Guest Speaker

Carter Smith
Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Special Performance By

Country Artist Pat Green

Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Dr.

For the 11th annual Wildlife Conservation Gala at the Houston Zoo, we’re shining a spotlight on the species and habitats of the Lone Star State! We’ll come together as Texans to raise the funds our Zoo needs to keep saving Texas wildlife. We’ll also take this opportunity to recognize H-E-B for their support of the Zoo for many years and of our community after Hurricane Harvey.

Guest speaker Carter Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will share stories from his years as a leader in Texas conservation. You’ll enjoy cocktails, a seated dinner, a silent auction, and the Zoo’s ambassador animals. For the first time in this event’s history, we’ll have an after party with a live musical performance by Texas’ very own Pat Green!

2018 Wildlife Conservation Gala  Underwriting Opportunities

Texas Wild! - $100,000
Whooping Crane Warrior - $50,000
Black Bear Champion - $25,000
Sea Turtle Saver - $15,000
Houston Toad Hero - $10,000 SOLD OUT
Prairie Chicken Protector - $5,000 SOLD OUT
Friends of Ocelots - $1,000 (tickets)


Unable to attend? You can still make a contribution by going here.

Please contact Ginger Moon at or 713.533.6584 if you have any questions.

After Party

See the Full Invitation for More Details

Kaia Kessler and Elise Lubanko

Get your tickets to the After Party featuring a live performance by Texas’ very own Pat Green! Guests who buy tables or tickets to the Gala do not need to buy separate tickets to the After Party.


 Complimentary valet, open bar, and light bites included. After Party guests will be able to participate in the Gala’s silent auction.

 $150 per person or $125 for members of Flock or the Asante Society
(Use the login associated with your membership for the discount to appear in your cart.)

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door! This event is 21-and-up only.

Ticket sales are now closed.

Host Committee

As of 5.15.18

Denise and Philip Bahr
Peggy and Bill Barnett
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw
Cathy and Gary Brock
Julie and Stephen Chen
Cathy and Joe Cleary
Trang and Alan Cormack
Elizabeth Cosgrove and Cameron Smith
Caran Crooker
Mindy and Josh Davidson
Susie and Joe Dilg
Sidney and Don Faust
Mr. and Mrr. Richard Finger
Robin and Sammy
Ellie and Michael Francisco
Trish Freeman and Bruce Patterson
Cathryn Gabor and Rob Fuller
Kat Gallagher
Kerry Galvin
Cullen K. Geiselman
Annie and Bob Graham
Claire and Joe Greenberg
Debbie and Mark Gregg
David Hills
Cynthe and Brian Hughes
Jill and Dunham Jewett
Victoria and Parker Johnson
Ann and Stephen Kaufman
Diane and Donald Kendall
Robin and Danny Klaes
Peggy Kostial
Jennifer and Chris Laporte
Shelley Taylor Ludwick
Christina Lyons
Beth Madison
Dee Dee and Wallis Marsh
Kathrine G. McGovern
Nancy McGregor and Neal Manne
Dixie Meynier and Fred Stow
Stacy and Dee Methvin
Laurie and Reed Morian
Bobbie Nau
Suzanne and Bob Nimocks
Noel and Toni Noble
Mary Virginia McCormick Pittman-Waller
Beverly and Jim Postl
Tommye and David Powell
Carol and Dan Price
Nancy and David Pustka
Demi and Ron Rand
Sharon Roark
Beth Robertson
Mrs. Sybil F. Roos
Susan D. Sarofim
Cindi and Richard Scruggs
Charlotte and Terry Strange
Candace and Brian Thomas
Stephanie and Frank Tsuru
Mardi and Mark Turner
Kim and Dan C. Tutcher
Molly and Coert Voorhees
Kelli and John Weinzierl
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wallace S. Wilson
Susan and Austin Young
Nina and Michael Zilkha

After Party Host Committee

As of 5.15.18

Jennifer and John Barron
Julie and Stephen Chen
Sarah Connelly
Camille and Patrick Connelly
Amber Elliott
Joseph Francisco
Mari and Bryan Glass
Corey Howell
Jack and Sarah Jane Howell
Meghan McCormick and Lance Cavazos
Tamar Mendelssohn
Gregg Ring
Lexi Sakowitz
Kimberly and Evan Scheele
Laura Elizabeth Stein
Christina Stith
Jessica and John Stribling
Austin Thomas
Audrey and Matthew White

Thank You to Our Generous Underwriters

As of  8.23.2018

Whooping Crane Warrior


Kelley and Stephen Lubanko

Kathrine McGovern/McGovern Foundation

Sea Turtle Saver

Cathy Chapman/Susie and Joe Dilg/Jenny Elkins/Jill and Dunham Jewett/Nancy McGregor Manne and Neal Manne

Cathy and Joe Cleary

Service Systems Associates

Elizabeth and Jud Wolfe

Houston Toad Hero

Roni and Doug Atnipp/Cynthe and Brian Hughes/ Robin and Danny Klaes/ Nancy and David Pustka/Anne Stewart

Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors

Mindy and Josh Davidson/Baker Botts LLP

Lee Ehmke and Sue Chin/Studio Hansen Roberts

Kat Gallagher

Kerry Galvin

Cullen K. Geiselman

Annie and Robert Graham

Barbara and Charles Hurwitz/Ann and Stephen Kaufman/Bobbi and Vic Samuels,
Beth and Lee Schlanger/Susan and Austin Young

Peggy Kostial

DeeDee and Wallis March/Kelli and John Weinzierl

Stacy and Dee Methvin

Rand Group LLC

Beth Robertson

Charlotte and Terry Strange/Earl and Susan Hesterberg

Martha and Walter White

Prairie Chicken Protector

Peggy and Bill Barnett

Trang and Alan Cormack/Tena Chamberlain

Champagne Cowgirls

Julie and Stephen Chen/Audrey and Matthew White

Elizabeth Cosgrove and Cameron Smith

Caren Crooker

Julie and Clay Edwards/Stephanie and Richard Langenstein/Paige Jackson and Mike Manley

Sammy and Robin Fleschler

Harriet and Joe Foster

Cathryn Gabor and Rob Fuller/Ann Wheeler and Gene Evans

Claire and Joe Greenberg

Debra and Mark Gregg

Cherie and John Howell/Sarah Jane and Jack Howell/Mary-Margaret Malone and Corey Howell

Jennifer and Chris LaPorte/Molly and Coert Voorhees

Christina Lyons and Renee Renfroe

Karri and Joey Mahmoud

Dixie Meynier and Fred Stow

Toni and Noel Noble/Karen and Jim Johnson

Patterson & Sheridan LLP

Beverly and Jim Postl

Laura and Tim Roberts

Sybil F. Roos

Cindi and Richard Scruggs/Mardi and Mark Turner/Heather and Matt Waters/Greg and Pam Wellen

Stephanie and Frank Tsuru

Texas Wildlife Friends

Chapman Cathryn Chapman In Honor of Paul T. Chapman

Alkek Margaret Alkek Williams/Randa and Charles Williams In Honor of Kelley and Stephen Lubanko

Bahr Denise and Philip Bahr

Baker Holly and James Baker

Bloome Susan and Dr. Michael Bloome

Bradshaw Kristy and Chris Bradshaw in Honor of Kelley and Steve Lubanko

Cox Sally and John Cox In Honor of Kelley and Steve Lubanko

Danna Claudette Danna/Kathleen Mulacek/Emanuel J Petru Family Foundation

Dilg Susie and Joe Dilg

Dishberger Debra and Mike Dishberger

Dodson Jeff and Michelle Dodson, KPMG, LLP

Elkins Jenny Elkins

Freeman Trish Freeman and Bruce Patterson

Hildebrand The Hildebrand Fund

Hills David Hills, Bessemer Trust

Jewett Jill and Dunham Jewett

Kendall Donald R. Kendall, Jr.

McGregor Nancy McGregor and Neal Manne

Morian Laurie and Reed Morian

Munguia Richard Munguia

Nimocks Suzanne and Bob Nimocks

Powell Tommye and David Powell

Sharon Roark

Sims Lurline and Arthur Sims

Smith Leigh and Reggie Smith

Weiner Randa and K.C. Weiner