Come mingle with the mob, enticed the invitation.

A sold-out group of patrons in black tie did just that on June 22, mingling at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo with a lovable mob of elephants, meerkats and wallabies. There were two black rhinos as well, the first an interactive sculpture. The second rhino, Jumbe, is an eagerly anticipated new zoo addition who was nowhere to be seen because he's turned out to be a painfully shy guy.

Zoo Ball guests were treated to cocktails in the Encounter Africa exhibit, before being shuttled to dinner in the Lodge at Moose Lake.

More than $200,000 was raised at the mountainside zoo's premier fundraiser.

Receiving accolades as the Zoo Ball's co-chairs were Tia Ferguson and Monica Peloso.Their committee included Sheree Ahrendsen, Denise Bac, Yvonne Conrad, Camilla Gresham, Kirsten Hillstrom, Sally Hybl, Lynn Janeczek, Jill Johnson, Susan Johnson, Jamie Kratt, Mari Sinton-Martinez, Betsy Sobral, Michel Tomsic, Heather Van Sant, Michelle Wilson and Ellen York.

The animal-loving sponsors were BKD, LLP., The Broadmoor, Mary K. Chapman Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Front Range Orthopaedics, Monica and Frank Peloso, Jeff and Sheree Ahrendsen/HUB, Porsche of Colorado Springs and the United States Olympic Committee.