By Britton Buttrill

The Silverback Gorilla Gala, the 2010 Beastly Feast to benefit Zoo Atlanta, is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 on the grounds of the Zoo.  The event marks Ford Motor Company’s 25th year as presenting sponsor of the Beastly Feast.

The Beastly Feast will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a Ford product display, a silent auction, a live auction, seated dinner and dancing to the sounds of The Total Package.

Being the silver anniversary of Ford’s sponsorship, the event will honor silverback gorillas, perhaps the most recognized residents of The Ford African Rain Forest at Zoo Atlanta.

The Zoo boasts the second largest collection of western lowland gorillas in the U.S., ranging in age from toddlers to 50 years old. Since 1989, 17 gorillas have been born in The Ford African Rain Forest, making Zoo Atlanta an international leader and model for gorilla conservation.

Four generations of gorillas originating at Zoo Atlanta now thrive at accredited institutions throughout North America.  The Zoo’s gorilla ambassador Willie B. who passed away in 2000, continues to be one of Atlanta’s most beloved icons.

“The long-term relationship between Zoo Atlanta and Ford Motor Company is unprecedented in these times,” said Brad Benton, Zoo Atlanta board chair.  “Ford was there with unfailing support in our worst days, and has seen us through to the Zoo’s finest hours.”

Host tables for 10 are $5,000 and corporate donors may sponsor tables for 10 at the levels of $7,500, $12,500 and $25,000. Individual tickets are available starting at $450.

Tickets for Beastly Feast are available by calling (404) 624-5836 or visit www.zooatlanta.org for more details.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.