Thank you for joining us for the first-ever Virtual GLAZA Beastly Ball. We are so grateful for your generosity. It makes all the difference.

Looking for the pre-show? Watch the full video here.


Virtual Beastly Ball

Now more than ever before, we are faced with the reality of increasing threats against wildlife around the globe. Survival depends on fierce champions like the L.A. Zoo, leading in conservation efforts and saving species from extinction, while educating and connecting people with nature. Your support of the Beastly Ball – which coincides with Endangered Species Day – is key to ensuring the success of the Zoo’s mission.

For the first time ever, anyone, anywhere can join the Ball. All you need is a computer or mobile device with access to the internet. To keep you up to date on the program and auction, please RSVP here. Please share with your friends so no one misses this once in a lifetime experience.

The virtual program pre-show will stream starting at 5:45 p.m. (PDT), with the main event beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, May 15, 2020. The expected duration will be approximately 45 minutes and the whole experience will be livestreamed right here!

The night’s festivities will be hosted live by Joel McHale. GLAZA President Tom Jacobson and Los Angeles Zoo CEO and Director Denise Verret will be appearing along with other special guests including Zoo Ambassadors Lisa Ling, Carolyn Hennesy, Julie Chang, Jackie Chan, Slash, and Lance Bass. Future Beastly Ball honorees, brothers Chris and Martin Kratt along with Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, will also be joining the festivities.

If you experience difficulty accessing the program or participating in the online auction, please contact us. As this is our first-ever live stream of the Beastly Ball, we apologize for any technical difficulties, delays, or disruptions you may experience. If you are unable to join us during the livestream broadcast, the Beastly Ball video will be available for viewing afterwards on both this site and on YouTube.


May 8th at 10:00 a.m. – Auction bidding opens. Visit to bid.
May 15th at 5:45 p.m. – Virtual Beastly Ball Pre-Show Begins.
May 15th at 6:00 p.m. – Virtual Beastly Ball Begins.
May 17th at 10:00 p.m. – Auction Bidding Closes.

Virtual Swag Bag

Every excellent party comes with a favor. So here’s the Beastly Ball Virtual Swag Bag, complete with all the restaurant and beverage offers and recipes, along with a fun animal-themed playlist for the evening as well as Zoo Zoom backgrounds and other fun activities, all in one place! Download the pdf for the complete package.


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Having difficulties with the BidPal auction? Contact Jennifer Chan by email at or phone at 323/281-8650.

Dining and Beverage Partners

The Beastly Ball is renowned for its amazing food and drinks, generously provided by our local restaurant and beverage partners. Although we can’t host a strolling meal at the Zoo this year, our partners have stepped up to the challenge and are providing an array of discounts on orders, along with an array of exclusive recipes for your drinking and dining pleasure during our virtual event. Please help us support our local businesses that have been so generous with us through the years. Click on the restaurant name to view the offerings.

Chef Draden Medina

If Martha Stewart and Dita Von Teese had a love child, that would be me. I’m a Culinary Courtesan, and I will give you an experience you will never forget.” – Chef Draden

When’s he’s not preparing a catered masterpiece for his esteemed client list, he’s cooking up fashionable and sexy kitchen wear. What more can we say? Unforgettable!

Here is a recipe for a “My Tart Belongs to You” Blood Orange Spicy Chocolate Tart that would make for a perfect ending to an unforgettable Beastly Ball on May 15.

Download the recipe >

Follow Chef Draden on Instagram – Dradenmedina and checkout for more culinary inspiration.

El Cholo - Los Angeles

A Los Angeles institution, and its very first Mexican restaurant, opening its doors in 1923. Along with its rich and storied history, this venerable family-owned restaurant has been a loyal and generous supporter of the Beastly Ball for many years. Make your Beastly Ball watch party extra special with a takeout dinner from El Cholo.


Phone number to call: 323-734-2773

Formosa Cafe (1933 Group)

Recently celebrating its 80th year, Formosa Café not only transports guests back in time to the glory days of Hollywood, but with its new menu, patrons are given another way to connect to a part of L.A.’s gastronomic history, too. Phone in your order for pick-up to (323) 850-1009 on May 15 and receive a 15% discount. Mention the “Beastly Ball” to receive your discount. Check out the menu here:


Discount offer valid on May 15th  only
Pick up only – not valid for deliveries
Call for orders: (323) 850-1009

In Good Taste

Ever wished you could have a wine expert come to your home to guide you and your friends, family, bumble date, or coworkers through a fun interactive tasting? Now you can, through the power of the internet. Host a virtual wine tasting where the education is complimentary…

Purchase a wine package, have it delivered to your home and coordinate a virtual tasting event with In Good Taste staff member.

Use promo code: BEASTLYBALLWINE for $10 off the $65 box at


John Kelly Chocolates

To receive a 20% discount on online orders, place your order on our website using coupon code BEASTLY2020 (no spaces). Simply input the code and click “Apply Coupon” to receive the 20% discount on merchandise. These orders can be shipped via ground, 2-Day or overnight shipping services. Place your order here:

Our stores are are open and we are happy to take orders over the phone at (800) 609-4243, or by email at You can also drop in to a store, to buy products for carry-out, or to pick up orders you’ve placed previously.

Offer valid May 11-31, 2020.

La Casita Mexicana

Chefs Jaime and Ramiro are “the Kings of Authentic Mexican Cuisine” according to Bobby Flay. With a focus on authenticity and plenty of passion, these chefs are eager to reopen La Casita Mexicana in the near future. We hope you will give them a try! Check out the menu here: In the meantime, you can test out these two flavorful recipes at home.

Download recipes here >

Lyre’s Spirit Co.

  • Enjoy three delicious recipes to make your perfect Lyre’s non-alcoholic drink. Lyre’s Negroni, Lyre’s Manhattan, and Lyre’s Old Fashioned Download the recipes.
  • Take a quiz to discover your social animal.
  • Use this link to purchase Lyre’s spirits with a special 20% discount during the month of May and get ready to mix it up on May 15.

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

Who hasn’t added a little extra ice cream to their daily routine these days? Be honest now. A southern California favorite for over 70  years, McConnell’s has a loyal following. The Studio City location has three ways to get your ice cream fix.  Order your delicious Ice Cream for McCurbside pickup, use Postmates Delivery, or try McConnell’s By Mail. Ice cream by mail? Yes, please!

Available from Studio City location


Tucked away in a quiet corner of Atwater Village, momed, short for modern mediterranean, is a homage to the kitchens of the eastern Mediterranean and north Africa. Call in your pickup order on May 15th,  mention the “Beastly Ball” and get 20% off your takeout meal. Checkout the menu here:


Discount offer valid on May 15th only
Minimum order of $40
Must call in your order for takeout 323-522-3488

Paquera Mezcal

Best served with friends, virtually of course. Perfect way to create a Beastly Ball watch party: share a common drink. Why not try “Smoke on the Water”? Order online to be party-ready.

Download the recipe >

Pink's Hot Dogs

Pink’s Hot Dogs has been a longtime supporter of the Beastly Ball…and an L.A. favorite. While their doors may be closed at the moment (for the first time in 80 years), you can be sure they will be ready to serve up your favorite dog just as soon as they get the all clear! Check out the menu and make your Pink’s list in anticipation!

Smoke House Restaurant

Opened in Burbank in 1949, The Smoke House is a favorite hangout for actors, producers, and anyone else in the industry. This iconic eatery has been featured in many Hollywood productions. Call in your pickup order to takeout 818-845-3731 and mention the “Beastly Ball” and get 15% off your takeout meal.  Offer valid on May 15th and 16th ONLY. Check out the menu here:

Discount offer valid on May 15th  and May 16th only
Must call in your order for takeout 818-845-3731
Takeout menu only

The Federal Bar

Occupying one of the oldest buildings in the San Fernando Valley, The Federal Bar has an offer for our guests that can’t be beat: Call in your pickup order at 818-980-2555 on May 15th only, mention the “Beastly Ball” and get 20% off your takeout food order and an incredible 50% off bottles of wine.  Visit the website for their full menu:

Discount offer valid on May 15th only
Must call in order only, number to call for orders: 818-980-2555

WhistlePig Rye Whiskey

Create your own delicious mixed drink with WhistlePig Rye Whiskey at home with these cocktail recipes. Whether you prefer a newer adventure like limited edition annual Triple Terroir Whiskey™ or the grace of an 18 year old edition, you can find them all here:

Download the recipes >


Bid on Auction Items

Bidding is open! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have many exciting auction items that you can bid on. You will need to create an account to participate. For more details and tips, visit the Auction site.

Donate Auction Items

There is still time to contribute to the online auction. Your contribution is so important to the success of this fundraising event. In addition to recognition on the website and in the auction, your contribution is tax deductible, as allowed by law. Auction item donations can be completed online, or download, print, complete, and return this form. Contact information is on the form.

Fund a Need: Portable Ultrasound Machine

Each year, we identify a special item that will benefit our animals and the care we provide. This year, Chief Veterinarian & Director of Animal Health and Wellness Dominique Keller has requested a portable ultrasound machine. Here’s Dr. Keller on the importance of this equipment:

We use our current portable ultrasound machine for almost every wellness exam, and it has an important role during emergency exams as well. The ultrasound exam allows us to review organ anatomy, diagnose pathology, and map out treatment plans for our animals. It is a vital component of our diagnostic tool arsenal. Our current machine is several years old, and diminishing battery life and screen resolution mean that the machine is nearing the end of its life as a useful diagnostic tool. Since ultrasound is such as integral part of our exams and diagnostic capabilities, we are looking to update our ultrasound capability so that we can continue to provide our patients with the best level of care possible.

Help us acquire a new portable ultrasound machine for our veterinary team through our online auction.

Mobile Bidding with BidPal by OneCause Instructions

Follow these simple steps to register by mobile phone:

  1. Text “BeastlyBall2020” to 243725.
  2. Follow the prompts from the texts received.
  3. Once registered, you will be redirected to the event page.

To register using a web browser, visit Click “Sign In” at the top right of the page and create an account.

How to Bid

When you bid using BidPal by OneCause, you will receive notifications when you are outbid and even set bidding caps in advance – all from your phone!  If you are unable to join us online to watch the event, you can still bid anywhere from your mobile phone (upon winning, additional charges for shipping items may be assessed). Watch the video below to learn more.



You may make a donation at any time before or after May 15 by mail, phone, or online. Click here for more details.


Your company’s logo will be featured on the homepage of our donation and auction website. Sponsors at the highest level will have the opportunity to share their message of support during the program.

Be a Patron

GORILLA PATRON (Contributing Sponsor)

All benefits listed at JAGUAR PATRON level, plus:

  • Leave a lasting legacy by naming a select animal at the L.A. Zoo and celebrate this memorable moment with a breakfast and behind-the-scenes tour for 10 (to be fulfilled at a later date)

$99,850 is tax deductible


All benefits listed at JAGUAR PATRON level, plus:

  • Special opportunity for a tour of the L.A. Zoo’s state-of-the-art Elephants of Asia exhibit and watch the Zoo’s resident elephant artists paint a unique masterpiece especially for you (to be fulfilled at a later date)

$49,850 is tax deductible


All benefits listed at HIPPOPOTAMUS PATRON level, plus:

  • Beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to your home to set the mood for a festive night of philanthropy
  • Name or corporate logo rotating on auction scoreboard throughout event
  • Private animal experience during a tour for six people in a motorized cart to get an insider’s look at the L.A. Zoo (to be fulfilled at a later date)

$24,900 is tax deductible


All benefits listed at FLAMINGO PATRON level, plus:

  • Private tour for six people in a motorized cart to get an insider’s look at the L.A. Zoo (to be fulfilled at a later date)

$14,900 is tax deductible


All benefits listed at ALLIGATOR PATRON level, plus:

  • Exclusive L.A. Zoo reusable gift bag featuring custom Beastly Ball branded cans of Besa Mi Vino’s organic All Day Rosé, a personalized signed copy of Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz’s and Kathryn Bowers’ latest release Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals, cuddly plush animal, window decal, bandana, Pink’s Hot Dogs gift card, and more, delivered to your doorstep to help you enjoy the event from the comfort of home (only applicable for packages purchased before May 8, 2020)

$9,900 is tax deductible


  • Name or corporate logo displayed on event website and during virtual event pre-show

$1,500 is tax deductible



Brian Diamond
Tyler Kelley
Beth Price


Dr. Evan Antin
Lance Bass and Michael Turchin
Jackie Chan
Julie Chang
Leila George
Carolyn Hennesy
Charley Koontz
Lisa Ling
Sarah & Joel McHale
Pauley Perrette


Rob Ellis
Tom Jacobson
Diann H. Kim
Diane Naegele
Stefan Pollack
Patricia Silver
Denise Verret
Jennifer Thornton Wieland

2020 Beastly Ball FAQ

Is the Beastly Ball cancelled?

While we will no longer be holding an event at the Los Angeles Zoo, we will be holding a virtual event that you, your friends, and family can all participate in from the comfort of your own home.


I had reserved a table/tickets to the Beastly Ball. What are my next steps?

If you have submitted payment for a table sponsorship or individual tickets, please let us know if you would like your support to count as a tax-deductible donation to GLAZA. Contact Natalie Poveda.


How can I view the program while bidding on the online auction?

We encourage you to use at least two devices to stream the live event and bid in our online auction simultaneously, and recommend that you enable text notifications through BidPal for status updates regarding your bids.


I will be unavailable on May 15. How can I participate?

You will be able to make donations at any time before or after May 15 here.

You can place maximum bids on our online auction donations if you are unable to check on the status prior to the closing on May 15. If you have a maximum spending limit for an auction package, you can set an auto-bid that will automatically increase your bids against competitors until it reaches your maximum limit. If your maximum limit is outbid, you will be notified.


Can non-members participate?

All individuals are able to participate in watching our live program. We encourage you to share the invitation with your friends and family.

You must be 18 years and older to bid on our online auction packages, and 21 years and older to bid on any alcohol-related auction package.


Are my contributions tax-deductible?

If you are an event sponsor, patron, or donating, your contribution is tax-deductible, as allowed by law.

Auction packages won above the fair market value are tax-deductible in the amount of the difference. For federal income tax purposes you may be able to deduct the portion of your purchase price that exceeds the item’s fair market value (FMV), if you paid the excess with the intent to make a charitable contribution.

Please note that transaction fees and taxes associated with your contribution are not tax-deductible. For any additional questions, please consult your tax advisor.


Will I receive an acknowledgment letter for my tax records?

Acknowledgment letters and tax receipts will begin mailing the week following the virtual Beastly Ball. Please allow for up to 2–3 weeks for processing. If you would like to request the acknowledgment by email, please contact Natalie Poveda.