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Zoo Ball 2022

The Centennial Ball - Once in a Lifetime

6:00 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday, October 22, 2022

Presented by

October 22

Honoring

Kathrine G. McGovern

Zoo Ball Co-Chairs

 Kelli and John Weinzierl
Kelley and Stephen Lubanko

Auction Chair

Jordan Seff

After Party Chairs

Chita and Lane Craft

A Centennial Soirée

This year, the Houston Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday. This iconic institution, which started in 1922 with a single bison named Earl, is now a center for wildlife conservation and education providing top-tier care to nearly 600 diverse animal species. Over the decades, our Zoo has changed dramatically, but there is one constant—that spark of joy that you feel during every Zoo adventure. What better way to mark this historic occasion than with a centennial soirée?

California sea lion at the Zoo

Honoree

At this historic Zoo Ball, we will honor Kathrine G. McGovern, whose incredible generosity has allowed our Zoo to flourish in the decades leading up to our centennial year and beyond. Over the years, Dr. and Mrs. John P. McGovern spent many afternoons at the Zoo watching families learn, laugh, and enjoy the outdoors. Since then, the McGovern name has become synonymous with transformative giving and has helped to elevate our Zoo to its world-class status. In 2018, the John P. McGovern Foundation contributed $50 million, the largest gift in our Zoo’s history, to kick off our $150 million Keeping Our World Wild Centennial Capital Campaign. We are thrilled for this opportunity to recognize the indelible impact of Kathrine G. McGovern on generations of Houstonians and her unwavering support of our mission.

Host Committee

Jennifer and Scott Allison
Vanessa and Chuck Ames
Carina and Brooks Antweil
Kathy and James Arcidiacono
Traci Arellano
Charles E. Jones and Cheryl Ballard Jones
Carol and Larry Barbour
Peggy and Bill Barnett
Meg and George Basu
Rosanna and Myron Blalock
Mark and Judy Blanchard
Jane Block
Kathryn and Travis Boeker
Lee and Shelley Boyer
Kristy & Chris Bradshaw
Cathy and Gary Brock
Christy Brown
Jennie and Richard Buxbaum
Rene Chapman-Wood
Cathy and Joe Cleary
Cindi and Robert Colvin
Claudia & Roberto Contreras
Trang and Alan Cormack
Elizabeth Cosgrove and Cameron Smith
Sally and John Cox
Sylvie and Gary Crum
Emily and Steven Dalicandro
Bailey Dalton-Binion and Greg Binion
Mindy and Josh Davidson
Jennifer & Michael Dellinger
Susie and Joe Dilg
Michael and Debra Dishberger
Anne and Charles Duncan
Jimmy C Dunne
Bob Edwards
Jenny Elkins
Sidney Faust
Shari and Tom Fish
Robin and Sammy Fleschler
Lorrie and Mike Foreman
Cheri and Andy Fossler
Harriet Foster
Kevin J. Foyle
Ellie and Michael Francisco
Nan and Bob Franklin
Trish Freeman and Bruce Patterson
Rob Fuller and Cathryn Gabor
Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine
Kerry A. Galvin
Amy and Blair Garrou
Deborah and Dr. Burt Ginsburg
Kathy and Marty Goossen
Annie and Bob Graham
Maria and Rex Grey
Courtney and Zac Harmon
Jennifer LeGrand Howard
Cynthe and Brian Hughes
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Ishee
Jill and Dunham Jewett
Diane and Donald Kendall, Jr.
William S. and Lora Jean Kilroy Foundation
Carey Kirkpatrick / CKP
Peggy Kostial
Stephanie and Rich Langenstein
Jennifer and Chris Laporte
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lillicrop
Jenna Anne Lindley
Claire Liu and Joe Greenberg
Mike Mahlstedt
Karri and Joey Mahmoud
DeeDee and Wallis Marsh
April And Wells McGee
Tamar Mendelssohn
Barbara Rose Metcalf
Stacy and Dee Methvin
Denise Monteleone
Jennifer and Joel Moore
Cullen and Robert Muse
Bobbie Nau
Suzanne and Bob Nimocks
Sara and Randy Ortwein
Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson and Donald Stevenson
Beverly and Jim Postl
Tommye and David Powell
Alie and David Pruner
Demi and Ron Rand
Carroll Ray
Macey and Harry Reasoner
Shelley Reeves and Lee Boyer
Sybil Roos
Rosemary Schatzman
Anna and Brett Scholtes
Cathryn and Doug Selman
Barbara and Louis Sklar
Jason and Erin Smith
Leigh and Reggie Smith
Courtney and Bas Solleveld
Kristina and Paul Somerville
Elizabeth and Alan Stein
Kimberly and David Sterling
Macey and Bob Stokes
Charlotte and Terry Strange
Brian J. Thomas
Steve and Leticia Trauber
Ileana and Michael Treviño
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Betty and Jess B. Tutor
Hallie Vanderhider
Molly and Coert Voorhees
Cynthia and Mac Walker
Kristen and Michael Weekley
Mr. and Mrs. David M. Weekley
Randa and K.C. Weiner
Jim and Dava West
Randa and Charles Williams and Margaret Alkek Williams
Kassia Yanosek and Chris Gurr
Nina and Michael Zilkha

Underwriting Opportunities

Centennial Sea Lion - $100,000 (SOLD OUT!)

  • Recognition on the Sea Lion pools in the new off-exhibit Sea Lion Care Facility
  • Invitation for two to attend an intimate dinner in the Galápagos Islands exhibit before opening in 2023
  • One premium table set for ten at Zoo Ball 2022
  • Logo/name recognition in all Zoo Ball materials, on website and in emails promoting Zoo Ball
  • Private wait staff exclusively for your table
  • Premium wine and champagne service at your table
  • Special Place Cards for your table guests
  • Name listing in Zoo’s annual report
  • Three Platinum Level memberships in the Zoo’s Asante Society

Fair market value – $3,000

American Bison - $50,000 (SOLD OUT!)

  • One prominent table set for ten at Zoo Ball 2022
  • Logo/name recognition in all Zoo Ball materials, on website and in emails promoting Zoo Ball
  • Private wait staff exclusively for your table
  • Premium wine and champagne service at your table
  • Special Place Cards for your table guests
  • Name listing in the Zoo’s annual report
  • Two Platinum Level membership in the Zoo’s Asante Society

Fair market value – $2,500

Asian Elephant - $25,000 (SOLD OUT!)

  • One prime table set for ten at Zoo Ball 2022
  • Logo/name recognition in all Zoo Ball materials, on website and in emails promoting Zoo Ball
  • Premium wine and champagne for your table
  • Special Place Cards for your table guests
  • Name listing in the Zoo’s annual report
  • One Gold Level membership in the Zoo’s Asante Society

Fair market value – $1,930

Chilean Flamingo - $15,000 (SOLD OUT!)

  • One premier table set for ten at Zoo Ball 2022
  • Name recognition in all Zoo Ball materials and on Zoo website
  • Name listing in the Zoo’s annual report
  • Special Place Cards for your table guests
  • One Silver Level membership in the Zoo’s Asante Society

Fair market value – $1,740

Western Lowland Gorilla - $10,000 (SOLD OUT!)

  • One preferred table set for ten at Zoo Ball 2022
  • Name recognition in all Zoo Ball materials and on Zoo website
  • Name listing in the Zoo’s annual report
  • One Bronze Level membership in the Zoo’s Asante Society

Fair market value – $1,600

Komodo Dragon - $1,250 (SOLD OUT!)

  • One reserved seat at Zoo Ball 2022
  • Name recognition in all Zoo Ball materials and on Zoo website

Fair market value – $150

Reserve Table/Tickets

Donate to Zoo Ball

To commit to Zoo Ball with a pledge, please reach out to Ginger Moon at gmoon@houstonzoo.org.

If you wish to make a pledge payment, please contact development@houstonzoo.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Centerpiece Sponsor - $15,000

  • Logo on menu cards at each place setting at Zoo Ball
  • Logo in Zoo Ball materials

Silent Auction Sponsor- $15,000

  • Logo on silent auction frames at Zoo Ball
  • Logo in Zoo Ball materials

Bar and Beverage Napkin Sponsor - $10,000

  • Logo on bar signage and beverage napkins at Zoo Ball
  • Logo in Zoo Ball materials

Live Auction Sponsor - $7,500

  • Logo in Zoo Ball Program and shout-out by the auctioneer

Silent Auction Enrichment Wall Sponsor - $5,000

  • Logo on enrichment wall at Zoo Ball
  • Logo in Zoo Ball materials

After Party Sponsor - $20,000 (SOLD!)

  • Logo and listing as Presenting Sponsor on Zoo website and in emails promoting After Party
  • Name recognition when promoting the After Party on the Zoo’s social media channels.
  • Six (6) tickets to After Party
  • One Bronze Level membership in the Zoo’s Asante Society
  • On-grounds signage at event space the night of After Party

Fair market value $850

Centennial Bag Sponsor - $10,000 (SOLD!)

  • Logo on sustainable bag for all Zoo Ball guests
  • Logo in Zoo Ball materials

Valet Sponsor - $7,500 (SOLD!)

  • Name listing on banner at Valet and Zoo Ball digital program

Golf Cart Sponsor - $5,000 (SOLD!)

  • Name listing on signage at Golf Cart guest pick up location and Zoo Ball digital program

Photo Booth at After Party Sponsor - $5,000 (SOLD!)

  • Logo on digital photo frames at Zoo Ball After Party

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Thank You to Our Underwriters

As of August 9, 2022

Presenting Sponsor

phillips 66 logo

 

Centennial Sea Lion

Cathy and Joe Cleary

In Honor of Kathrine G. McGovern

Bobbie Nau

Kelli and John Weinzierl

 

American Bison

Chuck and Vanessa Ames/Jordan and Dylan Seff

Kelley and Steve Lubanko

 

Asian Elephant

 

 


Neelo and Sami Ahmad

Mary Kay and Brandt Bowden/Andrea and Lyle Eastham/Claudia and Hank Holmes/Sarah and Beau Pollock/Anna & Bret Scholtes

Annie and Bob Graham

Elise and Russ Joseph/Jennifer and Chris Laporte

Sippi and Ajay Khurana

Carey Kirkpatrick / CKP

Peggy Kostial

Beverly and Jim Postl

Macey and Harry Reasoner/Macey and Robert Stokes

Hallie Vanderhider
In Honor of Kelli and John Weinzierl/Kelley and Stephen Lubanko

 

Chilean Flamingo

Meg and George Basu

Kristy and Chris Bradshaw/Bristow Group
In Honor of Kelley Lubanko and Kelli Weinzierl

Roberto and Claudia Contreras

Jillian and Christopher Day

Debbie and Mike Dishberger

Robin and Christopher Dodson Family

Robin and Sammy Fleschler

Kat Gallagher

Courtney and Zac Harmon

Marek

Stacy and Dee Methvin

Suzanne and Bob Nimocks/Cathryn and Doug Selman

Patterson + Sheridan/Trish and Bruce Freeman

Charlotte and Terry Strange

UBS

Kristen and Michael Weekley

 

Western Lowland Gorilla

Carina and Brooks Antweil/Kristen and Scott Browning

Lisa Marie Avendano/Audra Jesudason/Natasha Jesudason

Cyndi Baily/Jereann Chaney/Cindy Dick/Charlotte Hutson/Peggy Kostial/Tammy Norman/Rosemary Schatzman/Mary Whalley

Trang and Alan Cormack

Elizabeth Cosgrove and Cameron Smith/Diane and Don Kendall

Chita and Lane Craft/Karli Gillum and Jonathan Farb/Jennifer and Brent Howard/Corey and Joshua Mermis/Rekha Muddaraj and Dr. Neil Badlani

Mindy and Josh Davidson/Baker Botts L.L.P.

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

Harriet Foster

Nan and Bob Franklin

Frost Bank

Kerry Galvin

Kathy and Marty Goossen

Daniel Irion and Kirk Kveton

Jorge and Ann Leis

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lillicrop

Claire Liu and Joe Greenberg

Karri and Joey Mahmoud

John P. McGovern Foundation

Cullen and Robert Muse

Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson and Donald Stevenson

PNC

Alie and David Pruner

Renee Renfroe

Polly and David Roth

Courtney and Bas Solleveld/CIBC PWM

Jennifer and John Vogel

Kassia Yanosek and Chris Gurr

 

Komodo Dragon

Tiffany and Kenneth R. Baird

Cheryl Ballard

Judy and Mark Blanchard

Nancy Chafe

Ken and Holly Charette

Thomas Dompier

Anne and Charles Duncan

Jimmy C. Dunne

Ellie and Michael Francisco
In Honor of Kelli and John Weinzierl and Kelley and Steve Lubanko

Rob Fuller and Cathryn Gabor

Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine

Ann Hamilton

Hildebrand Fund

Donny and Leslie Kilbourn

Nancy Langford

Tamar Mendelssohn

Denise Monteleone

Jennifer and Joel Moore
In Honor of Kelli and John Weinzierl

Tommye and David Powell

Nancy and David Pustka

Laura and Tim Roberts

Sybil Roos

Leigh and Reggie Smith

Elizabeth and Alan Stein
In Honor of Kelley Lubanko and Kelli Weinzierl

Kimberly and David Sterling

Bonnie Weekley

Randa and KC Weiner

Jim and Dava West

Randa and Charles Williams and Margaret Alkek Williams

Stuart and Gaye Lynn Zarrow
In Honor of Kelley and Steve Lubanko and Kelli and John Weinzierl

Thank you to our event sponsors

Entertainment

After Party

Valet
Joan and Stanford Alexander

Golf Carts
Alvarez & Marsal

Photo Booth
Sterling

Special Thanks

Zoo Ball is an adults-only event for ages 21 and up