A Black-and-White Issue

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2011 is the year of the rabbit, but tonight it’s all about saving the giant panda. Pandas International ― a local nonprofit that focuses on the preservation of the endangered giant panda and provides medical and veterinary supplies to the staffs of several captive giant panda and breeding centers in China ― is hosting its annual Chinese New Year bash at Palace Chinese restaurant, 6265 East Evans Avenue.

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 organization’s largest fundraisers of the year. “It’s 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