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April 27, 2012
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Evergreen Ball goes 'Into the Wild' in Beaver Creek

Jungle Jack Hanna, one of the most recognized authorities on wildlife conservation and habitat protection, and frequent guest on TV talk shows and news programs, will make a special Vail Valley appearance in August at The Evergreen Ball, the annual fundraising gala for The Eagle Valley Land Trust.

Hanna, the host of several popular TV programs including "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild" and "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures," will appear on Aug. 21 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The event benefits local land conservation and habitat protection in Eagle County. The evening will feature Hanna's very popular "Into the Wild ... Live!" stage show. Hanna will be live on the Vilar Center stage with numerous exotic animals to excite and inspire audiences of all ages.

Many people are familiar with Hanna from his frequent appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman," where he entertains the audience by bringing wild animals onto the set. Hanna's show at The Evergreen Ball will feature the same crazy antics and furry friends as seen on Letterman, but Vail Valley audiences will have the opportunity enjoy the experience live, up-close and in-person. Recognized as America's favorite zookeeper, Jungle Jack is a dynamic orator who speaks across the country sharing fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures.

In its fourth year, The Evergreen Ball has become the Vail Valley's premiere environmentally-themed gala event, raising community awareness and philanthropic funds for The Eagle Valley Land Trust. The local Land Trust saves land for the people of Eagle County and preserves the character of our community, one acre at a time. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Jungle Jack Hanna's "Into the Wild... Live!" on Aug. 21 will support local land conservation projects.

"We are extremely proud and excited to have someone of Jungle Jack's stature appear at The Evergreen Ball," said Jason Denhart, director of communications and development for the Land Trust. "He is one of the foremost authorities in wildlife habitat protection, and this stage show is super entertaining and extremely funny, while also spreading a positive conservation message."

Tickets will be available beginning Monday at 11 a.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center Box Office in Beaver Creek, by phone at 970-845-TIXS (8497), or online at www.vilarpac.org. Tickets are $75/$50 for adults (depending on seat location) and $25 for children 12 and under. There is also a special ticket price of $150 for the opportunity to meet Jungle Jack Hanna in person (ticket price also includes prime seating location).

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