42nd Annual Whirl Gala

Location: Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023

42nd Annual Whirl Gala
Gorillas in Our Midst


The Chicago Zoological Society celebrates the 42nd anniversary of its annual black-tie gala, the Whirl, on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Co-hosted by the Board of Trustees and the Women’s Board of the Society. This celebration highlights the impactful work of our educational, animal welfare, and conservation programs.

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) is recognized as a collaborative, science-based leader, protecting animals both in the wild and under professional care. We reach out to our surrounding communities to engage people of all ages and abilities in nature-inspired science learning, leading the way as an inclusive conservation movement. Proceeds from the Whirl will benefit animal care and welfare initiatives, as well as the conservation and educational programs, of the Chicago Zoological Society.


Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023 

Location: Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605 

Time: 6:00 p.m. to Midnight

Table Levels: Host Committee tables are available at $75,000; $50,000; and $25,000. A table of ten is available for $10,000. Individual tickets are available at $1,000 each. Seating for the event is limited.

To purchase a table or tickets to the Whirl, contact Kerri Doherty at Kerri.Doherty@czs.org or call (708) 688-8670.


Whirl Co-Chairs
Barbara J. Bradford, CZS Board of Trustees & Women’s Board

Sasha L. Gerritson, CZS Board of Trustees & Women’s Board

Chair of the Board of Trustees
Cherryl T. Thomas

President & CEO
Dr. Michael J. Adkesson

Women’s Board President
Jennifer L. Bellini

Whirl Planning Committee

Kathleen Amatangelo, Women’s Board

Esther Bryan, Women’s Board

Melissa L. Canning, Women’s Board

Britta Cuming, Women’s Board

Rosa Ebling, Women’s Board

Heidi Huizenga, Board of Trustees

Stephanie Bryan Kangas, Women’s Board

Romana Malinowski, Women’s Board

Shannon Nourbash, Women’s Board


For more information about the Whirl, please contact Kerri Doherty at Kerri.Doherty@czs.org or (708) 688-8670.

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