2014 Conservation Ball a Great Sucess

We’d like to thank all who supported and attended the Conservation Ball in 2014. We look forward to seeing everyone October 17th, 2015 at The Four Seasons, Chicago. Good friend and wildlife expert, Jim Hannah will be joining us with friends from our natural world. An elegant evening of dining, dancing, and discovery awaits you!

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The Conservation Ball…Oct. 10, 2014

Join us in Chicago for an amazing evening at The Conservation Ball 2014! Hosted in the elegant ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel.

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FOC Elephant and Rhino Watch Program

Since 1982, Friends of Conservation has been monitoring the elephant and the black rhino  population in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Unfortunately, the elephant and the rhino populations have been in decline caused by heavy poaching and it has just been in the last few years that their numbers have been increasing.

Observation and Education: Mara children on a Field Trip into the Reserve

Protecting the future with education today:

To help future generations learn more about the Elephant and the Black Rhino, FOC has started the Elephant and Rhino Watch Program within the Mara schools Conservation Clubs. The goal is to increase the knowledge of the Maasai children through nature-based field trips into the Masai Mara National Reserve on the importance of  elephants and rhinoceros. Although the children will learn about other endangered species while on their field trips, the focus is on these two endangered animals. The FOC Projects Officer will accompany the students into the Reserve in FOC’s 28 seat bus.
Protecting the future by education today
Upon their return to the Conservation Club, the students will have club activities that further promote education about the endangered elephant and  black rhino. In addition, school children are educated about the environment where they live and learn to see what is around them. They can take steps to avoid confrontations and can learn to spot potential poaching activities. When one saves the habitat for as large an animal requiring as much territory as the elephant and the rhino, many other species benefit, and an eco-system is preserved.


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2013 Event Photos

Find photos from The Conservation Ball 2013 on our flickr page.

The 2013 Conservation Ball was a smashing success! Hundreds of Friends of Conservation gathered at The Palmer House Hilton for a dinner to celebrate and support FOC’s Community Conservation work in the Maasai Mara. The lovely Zoraida Sambolin was again on hand to lead the evening festivities as MC. Courtesy of Abercrombie and Kent, trips to such magnificent locales as Thailand, Norway, Chile, China, and more were auctioned off to some winning bidders.

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The Wildlife Presentation, always a favorite of the Conservation Ball, did not disappoint. Guests were entertained with appearances and photo ops with stunning Wild Kingdom ambassadors including an 8-week old Albino Bengal Tiger; George, a ring-tailed lemur; and crowd favorite, Zeke, a beautiful Zebra.

Attendees were thrilled with the charming presence of Guest of Honor John Rendall of Christian the Lion fame. A true conservationist, Mr. Rendall was on hand to speak and sign copies of his book, A Lion Called Christian.

Best of all, over $300,000 was raised which will go a long way in supporting FOC’s ongoing efforts in the Maasai Mara. FOC Founder and International Chairman Jorie Butler Kent, and FOC President and Ball Chair, Reute Butler, thank you all for the tremendous showing of generosity.


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2013 Auction Catalog

This Friday, October 18, at The Conservation Ball we’ll be auctioning some truly luxurious getaways and incredible vacation adventures (see details after the break). Get your tickets today and don’t miss this exciting evening!

If you can’t join us in person, you can still place an absentee bid on the items below by contacting Sue Mitchell at info@friendsofconservation.org or (630) 288-2714.

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The 2013 Conservation Ball is Almost Here!

Do join us for a magical evening and your chance to meet John Rendall. Friday Oct 18th, 6:30pm at The Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago.

Tickets are available now.

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Kenya Journal: June 23 2013

Today we took a group of students from the FOC Conservation Club at Emurototo Primary School into the Masai Mara National Reserve on an FOC Rhino Watch trip. Most students have never been to the reserve, even though it is their heritage. The FOC Rhino Watch allows these students experience the wonders of the reserve in the same way that so many fortunate tourists do each year. Continue reading

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Kenya Journal: June 18, 2013

Headmaster Jonathan, Haji Ogle, and Stephen Kisotu

Sekenani School Headmaster Jonathan, FOC Execuive Director Haji Ogle, and FOC Community Conservation Officer Stephen Kisotu.

Yesterday we visited Sekenani School to meet the new Headmaster. It so happens that Jonathan already has a long history with FOC, as he was a student member of the FOC Conservation Club during primary school days at Mara Rianda. When he later returned to Mara Rianda as a teacher he became patron of that same club. Now, as Headmaster at Sekenani School, Jonathan is eager to introduce his students to the same FOC Conservation Club experiences that informed his own youth. Continue reading

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Kenya Journal: June 17, 2013 (2)

Had a brilliant visit with the headmaster and FOC Conservation Club at Siana School today (video below). He’s been there since 1999 and when he arrived the grounds were a dust bowl. Starting in 2000, FOC began working with them and the students in our FOC Conservation Clubs planted trees. There are now over 4,000! Continue reading

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Kenya Journal: June 17, 2013 (1)

The next meeting was with a group of young men in their 30′s who have formed themselves into a loose group called the Mara Guide Association. They are all Maasai,  led by Simon their chairman, a very attractive young Maasai. Many of them were members of our FOC Conservation Clubs in their schools. Continue reading

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