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The HSUS's 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, The HSUS celebrated our 60th Anniversary at a benefit gala in Los Angeles. About 500 guests enjoyed cocktails, a gourmet vegan dinner, and presentations to animal-loving luminaries: Governor Jerry Brown, actors James Cromwell and Paul Wesley, and director Gabriela Cowperthwaite. They all moved us with speeches about their love for animals and the need to protect them. Before heading to the rocking after-party, the guests generously gave at the Live Auction/Fund-a-Need.
All the 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala's proceeds benefited two key HSUS programs:
- Companion Animals: to end euthanasia of adoptable pets in the U.S., shut down cruel puppy mills, increase the quality of care for pets in the community and provide resources to keep pets with their families.
- Protect Farm Animals: to help save the lives and improve the living conditions of millions of animals in factory farms.
Highlights of the Evening
A Governor Who Champions Animals
The HSUS presented California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., with the inaugural Humane Governor Award. He has taken extraordinary steps to protect the Golden State’s animals—signing more than two dozen laws that aim to curb animal fighting, hunting with hounds, shark finning, wildlife poisoning, and so much more.
An Award for a New Generation
We awarded the Humane Generation Award to "The Vampire Diaries" star Paul Wesley. Using his massive star platform to advocate for farm animals and alert youth to the inherent cruelty of confinement on factory farms, Paul has been instrumental in creating a generation of young people who care about animal protection.
A Lifetime of Achievement
We bestowed upon James Cromwell a Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime commitment to The HSUS and our work, for being an outspoken animal advocate, and for using his fame to call for an end to myriad animal abuses, including the use of animals in cruel and unnecessary research, factory farming, and entertainment.
A Film with a Powerful Impact
The HSUS recognized director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s revolutionary documentary “Blackfish” with the Impact Award. This was a film that raised world’s awareness of the devastating plight of orcas suffering in captivity, and this was a director who was able to use the medium of film to help change the social landscape.
A Special Performance
The evening featured a performance by Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Sia. Sia’s captivating vocals have earned her multiple ARIA Awards, and as a writer she has collaborated with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Lea Michele, Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Celine Dion.
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