San Francisco animal lovers turned out in force on September 29 for To the Rescue! San Francisco, an event to support the life-saving work of The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team.
A Night to Remember
Coming on the heels of an auspicious week for animals in California, with Governor Brown having signed seven animal protection bills into law, the event brought together more than 300 guests at the chic Terra Gallery.
Host Wendie Malick, star of the hit comedy series "Hot in Cleveland," introduced the evening’s program and HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle, and spoke of her ongoing support for animal protection.
While the event was an opportunity to showcase the heroic work of the Animal Rescue Team, who appeared on stage to enthusiastic applause, it was also a night for recognizing and honoring the efforts of local animal groups and dignitaries. Humane Partner Awards were presented to the American Red Cross Bay Area’s Harold Brooks and to Maddie’s Fund co-founders Dave and Cheryl Duffield for their visionary leadership on behalf of animals in need in the Bay Area and beyond.
With rocking live entertainment from Bob Guiney and Scott Grimes of Band From TV and a spread of delicious gourmet vegan food, To the Rescue! San Francisco was a fitting tribute to the Animal Rescue Team and everyone who advocates on behalf of animals.
Honorary Co-chairs of Host Committee
Wendy Schmidt, Michele and Doug Dillard, Janie Greenspun Gale
Michael Billeci, Will Harvey, M.D., Sally Jordan, Paula Kislak, D.V.M., Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Dwight and Kimberly Lowell, Patrick McDonnell and Karen O’Connell, Paula Kent Meehan, Maya Meux, M.D., Carol Misseldine, Jason Moment, Judy Posnikoff, Allison Speer, Karen Sutherland, Evelyn Woo
Friends of the Animal Rescue Team
Bill and Kate Duhamel, Kate Edwards and Kit Kubitz, Giant Steps Foundation, Florence and Bill Goldby, Bill and Sandi Nicholson, Larry and Jolene Shapiro, Wilkes Bashford, Michelle Wilson
Carol Bonnie, Tom Brokaw, Kaley Cuoco, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Emily Deschanel, Kathy Freston, Amanda Hearst, Tricia Helfer, Carrie Ann Inaba, Rose McGowan, Maria Menounos, Pauley Perrette, Chynna Phillips and William Baldwin, Charlotte Ross, Maria Manetti Shrem, Hal Sparks, Hilary Swank, Loretta Swit, Michael Vartan
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, State Senator Mark Leno, State Senator Fran Pavley, State Senator Tony Strickland, State Senator Leland Yee, State Assemblymember Michael Allen, State Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, State Assemblymember Mike Feuer, State Assemblymember Paul Fong, State Assemblymember Jared Huffman, State Assemblymember Cameron Smyth, Marin County Supervisor and Board President Susan Adams, San Rafael Councilman Damon Connolly, Marin County Supervisor Kathrin Sears, State Senator John Burton (Ret.), State Senator Dean Florez (Ret.), State Assemblymember Lloyd Levine (Ret.)