Yellowstone Park Foundation Young Patrons Benefit Brings Out 300 People

Over 300 guests made their way to NYC hot spot Avenue last Thursday to party for a cause at the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s Young Patrons Benefit.

The Young Patrons program was introduced by Yellowstone National Park to engage millennial communities in its conservation efforts. The program is led by a select group of young professionals namely Jaqueline Rooney, a communications manager at Facebook, Inc. who helped create the Young Patrons Board. Also on the board is Alice Ryan and good friend of The Knockturnal’s Arielle Patrick.

Together, these three women hosted last week’s benefit that included an open bar of Archer Roose wine, Wyoming Whiskey, and Punzone Organic Vodka. Tao Group sponsored the benefit while Whispering Angel hosted a 2nd bar exclusively serving rose, because its always summer somewhere.

There was also a silent auction with items up for bid like having your named engraved in a Bear Box inside the park.  Dorrian’s provided light bites like wings and sliders, and DJ Lenny Emery had the crowd dancing well into the evening. But the party didn’t stop there. Guests continued the celebration at Happy Ending for the official after party.

The party was a success and a lot of money was raised, but the real question is, who went home with the Buffalo?

Sean Zanni/PMC
Sean Zanni/PMC

About the Yellowstone Park Foundation

The Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF) has served as Yellowstone National Park’s official fundraising partner since 1996. Its mission is to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, and the visitor experience of the Park. YPF has raised more than $100 million, and funded more than 325 important projects and initiatives since 1996 that include wildlife research, cutthroat trout restoration, trail maintenance, and youth education. For more information, please go to

The Yellowstone Park Foundation is currently in the process of merging with the park’s nonprofit education partner, the Yellowstone Association (YA). This will be an exciting new chapter in both organizations’ successful histories. Together, YPF and YA ( can connect more people to Yellowstone National Park through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs, and translate those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment.


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