ZooLA: Lincoln Park Zoo Live Auction

Lincoln Park Zoo President Kevin Bell with ZooLA 2019 Co-chairs Beth Stamos and Jennifer Caruso.






By Megan McKinney


Lincoln Park Zoo Women’s Board President Mary Pearlman.


ZooLA, which stands for Zoo Live Auction, is held every other year by the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. It is always a special evening, so special that this year Nancy Kelley left her warm, sunny life in Palm Desert, California, to come to blustery Chicago to participate in bidding that raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the zoo.


Nancy Kelley with Courtney Johnson.

Zoo supporters gathered in a popular Chicago club for cocktails and hors  d’oeuvres before beginning to bid on  “rare, luxury”  packages, including the privilege of naming two of the  Zoo’s Chilean flamingos, a Lake Michigan yacht cruise, a week-long vacation at a Jackson Hole home and a Boka progressive dinner for four.

Shawna Elkus with John Mostofi, a member of the Lincoln Park Zoo Board of Trustees.

Ken Moll and Mary Claire Moll.

Bonnie Rothman and Michael Rothman.

Mary Jo Fasan and  Sarah Beardsley.

Nina Winston and Shellane Mulcahy.

Magdalena Martinez and Lisa Karsh.

Angie Euston and Lisa Genesen, Women Supporting Wildlife 2020 Co-chairmen.

Danielle Russell and Kevin Bell.

Colleen Fitzgerald and Shane Fitzgerald.

Bridget Campbell and Margaret Rainone.

Mamie Walton, Nancy Kelley and  former Women’s Board President Caroline Huebner.


Phoebe Nitekman, Beth Stamos and Kirsten Vlllers.

Jane Simon and Donna Simon.

Mitch Hamblet, Joe Nicosia and Carinne Nicosia.


Lori Hiltz, Tricia Heintze and Marisa Doherty.


Photo Credit:

John Reilly Photography