The gala, which gets under way at 5:30 p.m., features a silent auction, Chinese lion dancing, a Far East multi-course feast, a grab-bag wine garden, and a lecture on recent developments taking place in the United States and abroad regarding the livelihood of the giant panda. The earthquake that rocked China in 2008 is still taking its toll there have been major mud and rockslides in 2009 and 2010 that have damaged the bamboo, and it continues to be a problem for both wild and captive giant pandas says Pandas International director Suzanne Braden, noting that this is one of the global organizations largest fundraisers of the year. Its always great fun with really good food, cocktails and entertainment, but it really is about helping the giant pandas, she stresses.
Tickets to the dinner are $55 per person, or $35 for students. To make a reservation, go to www.pandasinternational.org.
Sat., Feb. 26, 5:30-8:45 p.m., 2011