Sunday, May 17, 2009

Beastly Feast

"Kongomana" was the theme of this year's Beastly Feast at Zoo Atlanta. It means "to gather" in Swahili, and nearly 400 people did just that at this year's fundraiser. These are staunch supporters: many calling this the best party of the year. Even Ford Motor Co. was back, for the 24th year, with major financial support as presenting sponsor. Zoo President Dennis Kelly knows how to score a successful event even in these challenging times. Like any successful leader, he credits the sucess with others - like Co-Chairs Lovette Russell, Jack Sawyer and Bill Torres.

Usually the ladies dress in animal prints, but I didn't see many this year, despite the fact that zebra and other animal motifs are very much in fashion this season. But everyone looked lovely and all of us had a great time. It's so much fun to "walk with the animals and talk with the animals." The weather held off, despite weather reports calling for stormy weather; it didn't rain until we were all headed home...after getting a cookie and a Zoo T-shirt on the way out.

Back in 1981, when I was on the committee for the Beastly Feast, I had successfully involved Carter Pope, whose family owned Stein Printing Co., to print the programs. The next week, I approached Carter about "a little project" I had in mind to cover events like this. That little project was Season Magazine. That was 28 years ago and now you know "the rest of the story."