The Friends of Conservation's 21st annual black tie ball began with a close encounter with rare leopards and a meet-and-greet with renowned wildlife expert (and former "Wild Kingdom" star) Jim Fowler.
The ball benefited FOC in its efforts to support and sustain wildlife and ecosystems in East Africa, as well as educating its future stewards, the children of the Masai Mara, through Conservation Clubs.
Stanley Paul and his orchestra serenaded 150 guests as they prepared to bid on unique auction packages. After dinner, supporters enjoyed a wildlife presentation by Fowler that featured lovable, young kangaroos bounding among the tables in the Moulin Rouge Room of the Fairmont Hotel while he explained the importance of the event. FOC patron Prince Charles sent a message of congratulations. Seen on the scene were emcee Zoraida Sambolin, White Sox General Manager Ken Williams, Rachael and Bob Phillippe, Frank Butler, Wendy Wood-Prince, Paul Iacono and Wharton Shober, to name a few.
Handbags & Halos benefits HBHC: "Bunky's Ladies" were out in force for the 10th annual Handbags & Halos luncheon at the Palmer House Hilton benefiting the Howard Brown Health Center. Host Bunky Cushing's 150 philanthropic friends enjoyed keynote address from Jamee Gregory, a New York philanthropist, author and contributing editor to Architectural Digest. Many ladies were raffle winners for handbags donated by luxury stores. Guests were encouraged to bring gently used handbags, which were donated to the resale shop of Howard Brown Health Center, The Brown Elephant.
Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers.
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