News Release

March 15. 2012
Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations


Chicago Zoological Society’s Whirl Fundraiser to Highlight Animals and Community Outreach Efforts

     Brookfield, Ill.—The Women's Board of the Chicago Zoological Society, in partnership with the Society’s Board of Trustees, will host the 31st annual Whirl at Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, April 21. The theme for this year’s black-tie fundraiser is “It’s A Wonderful Whirl” and will highlight the Society’s legacy of animal care, compassion, and conservation.

The gala, which is expected to draw nearly 800 business and civic leaders from the Chicagoland area, begins at 6:30 p.m., when guests will have the unique opportunity to get up close and mingle with a variety of amazing exotic creatures during the cocktail reception.

A three-course dinner catered by Food for Thought and dancing to the music of Maggie Speaks will follow in the Grand Tent, which will be brilliantly decorated by The Flower Firm.

During the festivities, a brief video will be shown featuring children and families whose lives have benefited from programs supported by the Chicago Zoological Society. Additionally, guests can support the Society by participating in a paddle raise, raffle, and live auction in which there will be a chance to win fabulous prizes, including a priceless animal naming, a beautiful piece of fine jewelry, and a luxury vacation package.

“It’s A Wonderful Whirl” is hosted by a committee that includes Sandra and Walter Becky, Elizabeth and James Bramsen, Merrick M. Elfman, Chris and Jim Holden, Vicki and Bill Hood, Susan Crown and William C. Kunkler III, Kate and Jack Shaffer, Gretchen and John Trofa, and Michelle and Tom Wake.
Proceeds from this year’s Whirl will support the animals at Brookfield Zoo, as well as the Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation and education programs.

The cost is $600 per person. Tables for 10 are also available. For tickets or further information, call (312) 553-2000.

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society supports community outreach such as school sponsorships and provides financial assistance for animal care, conservation programs, and  special projects. This Board has supported Brookfield Zoo since 1992, and its membership of approximately 85 women represents the entire Chicago area.

The Chicago Zoological Society inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for Brookfield Zoo's innovative, naturalistic, multispecies exhibits and for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. For further information, visit

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