Conservation Celebration

It was an extraordinary evening in Newport Beach when Elephant Cooperation, a nonprofit dedicated to saving African elephants and helping children hosted a sold-out soiree at the Resort at Pelican Hill. More than 300 guests attended the fete, which featured cocktails and dinner, a live auction, a live canvas painting by Matt Shapira and a few surprises, including the adoption of baby elephants, an unexpected $250,000 donation, and a performance by Machine Gun Kelly. George Argyros, Jr. served as the evening’s emcee, and Raabia Hawa, a former model turned ranger who has dedicated her life to saving elephants, was honored as the 2017 Conservationist of the Year. The evening’s event, which raised more than $900,000 for the elephants and children of Africa, was an incomparably memorable ode to both. 

  Brandon, Lori, Kaitlyn & Steve Powell

Brandon, Lori, Kaitlyn & Steve Powell

  DJ LexaKhan

DJ LexaKhan

  Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly

  George Argyros Jr.

George Argyros Jr.

  Lauren Paschall and Carli Critchfield

Lauren Paschall and Carli Critchfield

  Sheryl Devone and Blake Rollins

Sheryl Devone and Blake Rollins

  Zach Stangle and Alexxa Morgan

Zach Stangle and Alexxa Morgan

  Raabia Hawa and Scott Struthers

Raabia Hawa and Scott Struthers