On Friday, November 21, 2014, The HSUS celebrated our fifth annual To the Rescue! gala in New York City. More than 500 people came together from across the country for this special celebration to raise $1.5 million to support the life-saving work of our Animal Rescue Team and the rescue, care, placement and potential rehoming of thousands of animals annually.
To the Rescue! 2014
This gala was not only a celebration of the Animal Rescue Team, but of The HSUS’s 60th anniversary, and all that we have achieved for animals in the last six decades, from shutting down puppy mills to passing felony animal cruelty laws in all 50 states.
The room was full of some of the animal welfare movement’s most incredible allies, including New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman whose office established the groundbreaking Animal Protection Initiative, targeting animal cruelty and to shut down animal fighting rings in New York. We also honored award-winning film director Darren Aronofsky, Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy and Brad Goldberg, president of the Animal Welfare Trust, for their remarkable dedication to helping animals in need.
Guests enjoyed cocktails and a gourmet vegan dinner created by the renowned New York City vegan restaurant Candle 79. Before heading to the rocking after-party at the Bowery Hotel, the guests generously gave at the Live Auction/Fund-a-Need.
Highlights of the Evening
A Filmmaker Shaping the Future for Animals in Cinematography
The HSUS presented Academy-Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky with the inaugural Humane Filmmaker Award. With his critically-acclaimed film Noah, Darren was able to recreate one of the most globally celebrated stories in history – involving animals great and small – without harming a single animal, by making the ethical decision to use all computer-generated imagery instead of putting live animal actors in harm’s way.
An Athlete who Champions Animals
We awarded the Inspirational Honoree Award to 2014 Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy. Using his platform to advocate for the peril of street dogs in Sochi, Gus worked with The HSUS Animal Rescue Team and Humane Society International to transport several stray dogs – a mom dog and her puppies – back to the United States, while taking advantage of the world’s interest to draw attention to the larger problem of street dogs around the world.
A Philanthropist Leading Transformational Change for Animals
We bestowed upon Brad Goldberg the Compassion in Action Award for his longtime commitment to The HSUS and our work, for being a dedicated animal advocate, and for dedicating his life to call for an end to the myriad of animal abuses through his foundation the Animal Welfare Trust.