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| December 31, 2013 | Parties

The luxurious, and supremely exclusive, Casino Club served as the perfect setting for this year’s ZooLA, the annual live auction fundraiser hosted by the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo.

An elite group of 180 guests gathered under the dazzling chandeliers of the casino’s jewel-toned ballroom for a reception of hors d’oeuvres, small plates and custom cocktails mixed by the lovely Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe. A pre-auction raffle of gorgeous designer handbags from the likes of Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent and Anthony Luciano—filled with surprise experiences, no less—had ladies, and a few gentleman, purchasing tickets left and right. Prizes included an overnight stay at the new Thompson Hotel and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo.

More than 20 covetable auction lots ranging from a breathtaking Harry Winston timepiece to a one-week stay at the Four Seasons ski resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo., inspired many rounds of enthusiastic bidding and raised an unprecedented $250,000 for the zoo’s conservation, education and animal-care initiatives. –Photography by Violet Dominek


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