Moroccanoil Sponsors To The Rescue! From Cruelty to Kindness Gala
To Benefit The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team
On Wednesday, October 5th at Cipriani in New York City, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Moroccanoil,the leading luxury argan oil-infused professional hair product line, is lead sponsor of this year’s To The Rescue! From Cruelty to Kindness Gala at Cipirani in New York City, on October 5 benefiting The Humane Society of the United States. The black tie event is co-chaired by the Friends of Finn committee headed by Amanda Hearst, Georgina Bloomberg, and Annie Churchill, and will honor NBC’s Jill Rappaport and Newark N.J. Mayor Cory Booker.
“We are grateful to Jill Rappaport and Mayor Booker for their important public roles in advocating for animal protection,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “They are public figures who use the platforms they have to raise awareness and drive reforms that benefit animals and the people who care about them.”
“Moroccanoil is delighted to sponsor this landmark fundraising event and to support the vital efforts of The Human Society of the United States to prevent, protect and rescue suffering animals,” said Carmen Tal, co-founder of Moroccanoil. “It is so important to create a greater awareness and educate people to respect and protect animal life.”
Each year The HSUS’ annual gala gathers social, business, entertainment and political leaders to support one cause vital to animal welfare in the United States. This year’s “To the Rescue!” theme is particularly timely as The HSUS Animal Rescue Team has spent recent months being deployed to multiple communities stricken by natural disasters across the nation, including those affected by Hurricane Irene, while also assisting law enforcement officials with puppy mill raids, hoarding situations and animal fighting investigations.
To The Rescue! From Cruelty to Kindness Gala is co-presented by Friends of Finn, a dedicated group of New Yorkers committed to helping animals. Founded and chaired by Amanda Hearst, the committee is named after Amanda’s dog, Finn. After helping to raise $1 million for The HSUS’ campaign to stop puppy mills at last year’s gala, Friends of Finn is thrilled to support this special opportunity to promote the life-saving work of The HSUS Animal Rescue Team. The committee that makes up Friends of Finn includes: Amanda Hearst (Chair), AndrewAlbert, Fabiola Beracasa, Georgina Bloomberg, Lorenzo Borghese, Katy Brodsky,Tom Brodsky, Annie Churchill, Samantha Kleier Forbes, Marcelo Gomes, Michael Katz, Kick Kennedy, Dylan Lauren, Moby, Sabrina Kleier Morgenstern, DaliaOberlander, Kimberly Ovitz and Stephanie Riggio.
The evening will include a three-course gourmet vegan dinner created by celebrity chef Tal Ronnen and Cipriani, as well as a performance by singer/songwriter Tai Burnette. HSUS President & CEO Wayne Pacelle, author of The New York Times best-selling book The Bond, will be on hand for the award presentations.
To the Rescue! From Cruelty to Kindness Gala is also made possible by additional sponsors: Hearst Corporation, Interclick, Philips-Van Heusen Corporation, and American Dog Rescue/Arthur E. Benjamin.
Jill Rappaport of NBC’s TODAY show will be the first recipient of the Voice for the Animals award for her efforts both on and off screen. Rappaport keeps viewers informed about issues affecting companion animals in her TODAY show reports and popular “Bow to Wow” segment, while her compassionate behind-the-scenes animal rescue work has included saving hundreds of severely abused horses.
Mayor Cory A. Booker:
A long-time animal advocate and vegetarian, The Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J., will receive the Humane Public Servant award. Booker has worked tirelessly to establish a state-of-the-art animal shelter in Newark. His mission gained momentum when he learned about Patrick, a starving, young pitbull found inside a trash bag. Inspired by Patrick, Booker posted a “birthday wish” on Huffington Post that readers would join the cause of spreading awareness of Patrick’s story and of the larger issue of animal abuse. Booker also hopes to contribute toward the construction of “Patrick’s Place,” the animal shelter that he hopes to build “so that Newark will be known as a city that cares not only about its people, but its animals, too.”
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