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The HSUS's 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala

  • Actor Paul Wesley accepts the Humane Generation Award. Jason Merritt/Getty Images/For The HSUS

  • Gabriela Cowperthwaite (with actress Kate Mara, right) received the Impact Award for her documentary "Blackfish." Michael Kovac/Getty Images/F/or The HSUS

  • Lifetime Achievement Award winner James Cromwell was all smiles. Jason Merritt/Getty Images/For The HSUS

  • The Humane Governor Award winner, California's Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (left), with The HSUS's Mike Markarian, Wayne Pacelle and Jennifer Fearing (holding first dog, Sutter). Michael Kovac/Getty Images/For The HSUS

  • Pop star Ke$ha spent quality time with California's first dog, Sutter. Michael Kovac/Getty Images/For The HSUS

  • Nathaniel Buzolic, Torrey DeVitto and Lucien Laviscount shared their love of animals and a good party. Michael Kovac/Getty Images/For The HSUS

  • The evening featured a performance by Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sia. Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The HSUS

  • Proceeds from the gala benefited The HSUS's ongoing efforts to protect farm animals and pets. iStockphoto

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.


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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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