ZOO MIAMI’s Feast with the Beasts 2023

The Foundation’s legendary fundraiser raised $300,000 to support Zoo Miami's mission of education and conservation. 

ZMF Emeriti Director Ana VeigaMilton & Cecil Milton from United Property Management
ZMF Board Member Armando Fernandez of FPL and Analia Fernandez

More than 1,000 guests enjoyed delectable delights from fine South Florida establishments, wild animal encounters, cocktails courtesy of Bacardí, live entertainment, a new Land to Sea lounge, and more at Feast with the Beasts (FWTB) at Zoo Miami.  After a three-year hiatus, the party-goers raised significant funds to support Zoo Miami Foundation’s mission of supporting Zoo Miami in education and conservation.  The land to sea theme for 2023 celebrated Zoo Miami’s commitment to caring for and protecting wildlife across the globe, from sea turtles to Sumatran tigers.

Guests dined on delicious food from more than 40 restaurants and breweries including: Bayshore Club, Cerveceria La Tropical, Crumbl Cookies, Glass & Vine, Lincoln’s Beard Brewery, Mi’talia, Night Owl Cookies, Pubbelly Sushi, Root & Bone, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Tacos and Tattoos Shake Shack and many more.

“We’re thankful for the sponsors, the restaurants, the volunteers and staff that donated their time, fare and funds to the 25th annual Feast with the Beasts,” said Bill Moore, outgoing Zoo Miami Foundation (ZMF) President and CEO.  “Without their support and the leadership in Miami-Dade County including Zoo Director Will Elgar, Zoo Miami Foundation could not fulfill its responsibilities of financial support to Zoo Miami.”

Cuqui Almer, Agatha & Joe Carballo, Ana Figueroa, Norma Jean Abraham from the Anthony Abraham Foundation, Louis Dessant, and Meme Ferrer
Darlene Carenza, Jill and Bill Moore Outgoing ZMF President & CEO, and ZMF Board Member James Carenza from Greenberg Traurig

Special dignitaries at the wild fundraiser included: Commissioners Kevin Marino Cabrera, Kionne McGhee, Alex Diaz de la Portilla, Eileen Higgins and Vice Chairman Anthony Rodriguez.  Honored guests and zoo supporters in attendance included: Norma Jean Abraham, Lori Bean, Alex Binelo, James Carenza, Charlene Esserman, Tina and Robert Furniss-Roe, Pamela Garrison, Maggie Gonzalez, Dr. James A. Kushlan, Dan Licciardi, Sharon MacIvor-DeMaria and Joe DeMaria, Ron Magill, Dr. Mireya Mayor, Ana & Cecil Milton, Erik Myers, Ariel Penzer Milgroom, Ann Pope, Anthony & Beth Ann Morgenthau, Jose Romano, Josie Romano-Brown, and Tab Verdeja.

“We’re thrilled that our guests enjoyed the silent auction, the encounters with exotic animals, the live band, the DJ, live artists, live mermaids, viking drummers, the after-party at the Land to Sea Lounge and more!   With continued support, the ZMF can provide world-class exhibits, wildlife conservation programs and education programs to the more than one million Zoo visitors annually,” said Jose Felix Diaz, ZMF Chairman.

Joanna and Jose Romano, ZMF President & CEO
Nancy Gonzalez, ZMF Board Member Joseph Salzverg of GrayRobinson and Commissioner Kevin Marino Cabrera
Dina Joseph & Ariel Penzer Milgroom
Joaquin Azar, Lori Bean of the Bean Automotive Group, Chris Roberts and John Alvarez
Richard and ZMF Board Member Ann Pope from APC Consulting, Kristina and Muzzy Jackson
Tina and Robert Furniss-Roe
Maggie Gonzalez of Bacardi & Lazaro Gonzalez
ZMF Board Member Dr. Sharon MacIvor-DeMaria and Joe DeMaria from TruckMax
Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla, Vanessa Garcia Azzam, Commissioner Kionne McGhee
Jana and Erik Myers from ELM Arch with Angel and Jenny Lopez
ZMF Board Treasurer Alex Binelo from BDO USA and Johnny Telleria
Suzette & Humberto Lopez of ParrotFish Studio
Maggie Fernandez, Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Courtney Whitney and Shane Kerr
Feast guests with Vice Chairman Anthony Rodriguez
Gustavo Ramon of US Century Bank and Denise Ramon
Christopher Boykin and Chloe Chelz from the Pelican Seabird Station

Platinum Sponsors

Anthony Abraham Foundation; FP&L; and United Property Management.

Gold Sponsors

Ernst & Young LLP; Greenberg Traurig and The Penzer Family

Silver Sponsors

Ann Pope Consulting; Commissioner Kevin Marino Cabrera; MC Flooring; NewsLink Corp; Shutts; and Tequila Ocho Single Estate

Bronze Sponsors

Mary Barley; BDO; Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins; Commissioner Eileen Higgins; ELM Arch; Miami-Dade County Vice Chairman Anthony Rodriguez; ParrotFish Studio; Pelican Harbor Seabird Station; Josie Romano-Brown & Dr. Mark Brown; US Century Bank; Verdeja, De Armas, Trujillo, Alvarez; and World


Bacardi; BCC Engineering; Bean Automotive Group; Casino Miami Jai Alai; City National Bank; Commissioner Kionne McGhee; The Dickenson Family; The Herrera Family; Office of the Mayor Daniella Levine Cava; PepsiCo; SSA Group; TruckMax; and Uber

In Kind Sponsors

Alibaba Events; Bacardi; L&M Engraving; Miami’s Community Newspapers; PepsiCo, RNDC; SOBE Promos; SSA Group; Tinez Farms and Viña Concha y Toro

Giovanni Castro of UBER with Carolina Villaraos
Rita & Ron Magill, Zoo Miami Director of Communications
Yvette Ayala and Dr. Mireya Mayor
Zoo Miami Director Will Elgar and Anne Elgar
ZMF BOD Chair Jose Felix Diaz of Ballard Partners and Panza Maurer law firm and Therese Diaz
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