You are invited to join us to learn how Art Inspires Conservation at a benefit dinner and auction for the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Please join us at the estate of Mr. Richard Sias to meet renowned conservationist, Dr. Laurie Marker to learn more about how the important work she does to save cheetahs in the wild inspires art in many forms. Dr. Marker will share updates on their work and information about how photography, film and artistry of all types inspire people to care about conservation.
VIP guests will enjoy early entry and an intimate gathering with Dr. Laurie Marker, D. Arthur and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Cheetah Ambassador from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
General Admission 5:30 – 8:00
Location Provided at Registration
During the evening, internationally known wildlife expressionist D. Arthur Wilson of Art Gone Wild will create a charcoal drawing of Jack Hanna’s ambassador cheetah for auction along with his original canvas of “Cheetah on the Hunt” (see image of the artwork below) valued at $12,500 that he created to benefit the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Additional art and other auction items will be available including limited edition prints and artist proofs.
You can begin bidding early to own either the original or a artist-quality reproduction at Bidding for Good.
Event tickets include cocktails, buffet dinner, silent and live auctions.
Please note: This is an educational fundraising event. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium staff are trained and licensed in the care and handling of wild cats, including cheetahs. Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is actively engaged in the effort to end the illegal wildlife trade. Ambassador Cheetahs provide an educational experience for our event guests. The Ambassador Cheetah for this event has been confirmed and is scheduled; however, availability may change and CCF cannot guarantee that a cheetah will be in attendance. Should you choose to post about the event on social media, we expect that you will do so in a respectful manner and in line with CCF’s mission.