Supporters of the Los Angeles Zoo came out in force to show their love and gratitude to legendary actress and longtime Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. Trustee Betty White at the 40th annual Beasty Ball Saturday evening.
Renowned as one of Southern California's most popular fundraisers, this year's Beastly Ball held at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens gave guests dressed in safari-themed attire the opportunity to stroll through the facility, dine on both gourmet and fun fare provided by local restaurants and view the Griffith Park facility's beastly inhabitants. Guests also had the chance to get up-close-and-personal with owls, snakes, hedgehogs, armadillos, a bald eagle and other animals who were accompanied by their information-providing handlers.
Among the Burbank and Toluca Lake residents in attendance were Claire Bartles, Elsie Thompson, Walter Moore, Annet Peairs, Max Andrews, Mardi and Sarah Rustam, and Greg and Norma Edgar who were joined by their sons, Pablo and Alán. Other local notables on hand included the Walt Disney Company's Director of Community Relations Joan McCarthy who was accompanied by Diane Hough, and former Burbank School Board and State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian. Currently serving as a member of the Los Angeles City Council, Krekorian was joined by his wife, Tamar, and the couple's children, Andrew and Lori.