Excursion to the Exotic Gala | Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Gala: Excursion to the Exotic


Friday, June 8
7 PM

Every other year, one thousand community philanthropists flock to the Zoo to enjoy incredible animal encounters, live entertainment, delectable dining, and more – all with the Zoo’s lush grounds as the backdrop. A significant fundraiser for the Zoo, the biennial Gala is a highly anticipated hallmark of the region’s social calendar. The return of the Gala on Friday, June 8, 2018 marks a milestone in the Zoo’s 120-year history as we celebrate the Zoo's role as a global leader in conservation and highlights the critical role of zoos in wildlife preservation. We invite you to party for a purpose on a wonderfully wild Excursion to the Exotic.

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The "Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's Gala: Excursion to the Exotic" is produced by Creative Director Martin Potoczny, Founder and CEO of LUXE Creative, a Pittsburgh-based design agency working in the worlds of live music, the arts, large scale events, fashion and interiors.

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21+ to Attend

Friday, June 8
7 p.m.
Safari Plaza

Guests must be 21+

Dotti & John Bechtol
Marilyn & Howard* Bruschi
Dorothy Boyer*, Host Committee Chair
Susan Cruz
Linda Dickerson*
Collette* & John Dugan
Joan* & George Ellenbogen
Beverlynn* & Steven Elliott
Suzy & Jack Donahue
Peggy Finnegan & Mike Donnelly
Janis & Jeff Fisher
Dr. Kent Galey & Dr. Karen Roche*
Deb Bergren Garlock*, Working Gala Chair & Bryan Garlock
Paul Gitnik & Gene Svrcek
Edward J. Goncz*
Diane & Jerry Holder, Honorary Gala Chairs
Donna* & James Hudson
Jennifer & Michael* LaRocco
Ken McCrory
Peggy* & Steve McKnight
Cathy Rinchetti & John Miclot*
Jennifer Tis Mihok* & Zachary Mihok
Patty & John* Payne
Diana* & Frank Rath
Catherine & Donald* Rhoten
Jeanne Minnicks* & Craig Rowland
Sara Scaife*
Mary Margaret & Lloyd Stamy
Betsy & Tom Teti
Sally Wiggin*
Aldona & Diane Zilinskas

*Denotes Board Member

2018 Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Deb & Bryan Garlock

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Participating Sponsors

Federated Investors Foundation, Inc.
CrawfordEllenbogen LLC

Trade Sponsors

CPI Creative

2016 Gala Sponsors


UPMC and UPMC Healthplan

VIP Reception Presenter

Vein Institute of Pittsburgh

Platinum Sponsors

Indovina Associates
LUXE Creative

Gold Sponsors

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PNC Bank
Schell Games
The Stirling Group at Janney

Silver Sponsors

Allegheny Valley Bank
Auto Palace Porsche
BNY Mellon
Day Automotive Group
Edgewood Welding 
Giant Eagle
Harris Masonry
HBK CPAs & Consultants
Jones Day
Mascaro Construction Company, L.P.
Merit Electrical Group, Inc. 
Munroe Inc. 
Oxford Development Company

Bronze Sponsors

84 Lumber Company / Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa
Allegheny Refrigeration
American Fastener
Calgon Carbon Corporation 
Clark Hill PLC
Controlled Climate Systems, Inc.
Crawford Ellenbogen LLC
Eckert Seamans 
EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc.
Federated Investors Foundation, Inc. 
I.B.E.W. Local Union No. 5
ICE - Industrial/Commercial Elevator 
Joseph Testa Concrete Contracting Inc. 
Menser Inc.
Noralco Corporation
North Side Foods
Ogletree Deakins
Paul J. Gitnik and Gene L. Svrcek
Peggy and Steve McKnight
Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC)
Pittsburgh Asphalt Company
The Andy Russell Charitable Foundation
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Media Sponsor

Pittsburgh Magazine