TribLIVE

| Lifestyles


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Summer Safari raises $200K for zoo

Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Kristen Svrcek and Nick Cron with Victoria the elephant during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Kristen Svrcek and Nick Cron with Victoria the elephant during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Joe and Anita Moran with Jim 'Doc' Mendelson during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Joe and Anita Moran with Jim 'Doc' Mendelson during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Todd Hertzberg during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Todd Hertzberg during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Debbie Flaherty with Jim Campbell and Corina Diehl during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Debbie Flaherty with Jim Campbell and Corina Diehl during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Russ Miller and Kristyn Verghies during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Russ Miller and Kristyn Verghies during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Jackie Hunter and Chris Mielo during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Jackie Hunter and Chris Mielo during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Dr. Barbara Baker during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Dr. Barbara Baker during the Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium carried on the tradition of selling out its Summer Safari weeks in advance, leaving 2,500 lucky ticket holders reveling in their decision to avoid procrastination.

“People, in February, start asking when tickets go on sale,” said public relations manager Tracy Gray.

As expected, the crowd proved to be a perfect balance of the young and the restless co-existing with the bold and the beautiful. Kicking things off was a VIP cocktailer that drew the likes of co-chairs Joe and Anita Moran, Corina Diehl, Ziggy Murin and Kimberly Hanna, Dan Gilman and Amanda Kennedy, Jim Campbell and Debbie Flaherty, Tacy Byham, zoo prexy Dr. Barbara Baker, Paul Gitnik and Gene Svrcek, Kristen Svrcek and Nick Cron, and one of the original founding fathers, Jim “Doc” Mendelson.

Things didn't stay stationary for very long under the tents, though. After the gates opened for the general-ticket holders, the party became mobile, luring the masses throughout the grounds with designated pit stops to refuel on cocktails and bites from 30 area eateries. Musically speaking, the soundtrack at each station was put in the hands of the Calypso Gypsies Steel Drum Band, DJ Mike Mason, the Inconsiderate Few and the Standard Band — each adding its own flavor to an evening that raised $200K for the zoo's conservation and education programs.

Within the crowd, first-timers were equally matched by repeat attendees, although neither group hesitated to extoll the virtues of the annual event as it celebrated “15 Years Wild.”

“I love the atmosphere,” shared four-timer Chris Mielo. “It's the premiere party, I think.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Fanfare

  1. 18 debutantes carry on tradition at Pittsburgh’s Cinderella Ball
  2. Pittsburgh Film Office warms up with pre-Oscar party
  3. Beatlemania rocks Jefferson Hospital gala held on Pittsburgh’s North Shore
  4. Flash!: Big Brothers Big Sisters; Triple Indulgence
  5. Party at Pittsburgh’s Warhol museum inspires entrepreneurs to relax while they network
  6. Pittsburgh Opera rings in 2015 with grand party at Carnegie Museums
  7. All Service Academies Ball lauds Pittsburgh area’s military personnel