On September 10, 2022, the Endangered Wolf Center celebrated 50 years of saving species. During the 50 and Still Wild Anniversary Celebration, guests from around the country gathered to enjoy an elegant evening at the Saint Louis Zoo.

In their “elegantly wild attire,” wolf supporters posed for photos before enjoying a classy cocktail hour, complete with wolves and foxes handing them glasses of champagne.

Guests enjoyed a glass of champagne from our drink wall.

During the featured program, attendees heard from Executive Director Mark Cross and Event Committee Chair Marguerite Perkins Garrick to learn about the important mission of the Endangered Wolf Center and its fascinating founding story.

Awards were presented to four Perkins Pillar Partners – Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Washington University, Mazuri, and the Saint Louis Zoo – all of which have played an instrumental and supportive role throughout the EWC’s past 50 years.

Perkins Pillar Partner Awards

Charlie HoessleAfter accepting the award, Director Emeritus of the Saint Louis Zoo Charlie Hoessle shared his appreciation for his late friends and EWC Founders, Marlin and Carol Perkins.

Generous supporters raised their paws (paw-shaped paddles, that is) to pledge donations during the “Fund the Future for Wolves” portion of the evening – $448,000 – was generously pledged, all of which will directly benefit the animals that call the Endangered Wolf Center home and their wild counterparts.

Guests then enjoyed a delicious meal and live music.


“It meant more than I can say to see so many friends, family and EWC supporters coming together to celebrate my parents and this unique conservation success story. Onward to the next 50 years! We’ll need your support more than ever – it’s all for the wolves.” 

Marguerite Perkins Garrick

Gala Table

The evening provided the perfect kickoff for our year-end giving campaign!

Until December 31, 2022, all gifts and memberships will be doubled up to $400,000 thanks to our generous donors, the Kevin Beckmann Charitable Trust and the August A. Busch III Charitable Trust. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to celebrate this 50th Anniversary milestone.



Enjoy our 50th Anniversary Celebration Gallery

50 and Still Wild Anniversary Celebration