A TURKEY PARDON, TURKEY CUDDLING, COCKTAILS, A VEGAN FEAST AND DANCING!
That’s how we kick off the Thanksgiving season at DawnWatch!
Please join Ellie and Tracey Turkey, DawnWatch founder Karen Dawn, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, and these great folks for our first DawnWatch fundraiser:
Gene Baur (Farm Sanctuary)
Bruce Friedrich (Good Food Institute)
Erica Meier (Compassion Over Killing)
Sharon Nunez and Jose Valle (Animal Equality)
Matt Rossell (Animal Defenders International)
Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals)
Paul Shapiro (Humane Society of the US)
Denise Crosby (Star Trek/Ray Donovan)
Martin Dingle Wall (Happy Hunting/Salty)
Jorja Fox (CSI)*
Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek etc)*
Alexandra Paul (Baywatch, Who Killed the Electric Car?
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Richard Bloom – 50th District
Katrina Fox (Vegan Ventures)
Kathy Freston (Quantum Wellness, The Book of Veganish)
Drs Ray and Jean Greek (Sacred Cows and Golden Geese.)
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (The 30-Day Vegan Challenge)
Steve Bellamy (Tennis, Surf and Ski Channels – now with Kodak)
Jim Greenbaum (Access Long Distance, Greenbaum Foundation)
Colleen Holland (Veg News)
Gunnar Lovelace (Thrive Market)
John Mackey (Whole Foods CEO)
Ari Nessel (Nessel Development, The Pollination Project)
Seth Tibbott (Tofurky)
Brian Wendel (Forks Over Knives)
Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground)
LA Animal Services Director:
Josh Mankiewicz* (Dateline)
Lu Parker (KTLA)
Jory Rand (ABC7)
Jane Velez Mitchell (JaneUnchained.com/journalist/author)
Rocky Dawuni* (Grammy nominee 2016)
Laura Keats (Pit Bulls and Parolees)
David Carter (NFL)
Josh Garrett (Pacific Crest Trail record 2013)
Vegan Food Aficionados/Ambassadors:
Donna Dennison (That Snarky Vegan Girl)
Leslie Durso (Celebrity Chef)
Toni Okamoto (Plant Based on a Budget)
Janabai Owens (Rawvolution)
PLUS MORE GUESTS TO BE CONFIRMED AND ANNOUNCED!
Our VIP reception starts at 5pm, featuring Katja Wargin’s incredible charcuterie, and the larger party starts at 6pm with a cocktail and photo op hour during which Tracey and Ellie, the world’s cuddliest turkeys, will be officially pardoned by their own Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Assemblymember Bloom is responsible for the California bill that put pressure on SeaWorld to end orca breeding and for many other animal and environmentally friendly pieces of legislation. We are thrilled to have him with us.
We’ll have Awards for Fantastic Activists:
Kezia Jauron and Gary Smith of Evolotus,
Elaine Livesey Fassel as a DawnWatch star activist
Susan Weingartner, currently of Mercy for Animals, with an extraordinary activism history.
We will present our first ever media award to ABC Producer Elaine Hogue.
We will fill you in on the exciting projects that DawnWatch is raising money for. Perhaps most exciting is the upcoming DawnWatch Media Awards Gala noted below!
Then we’ll have a scrumptious vegan feast, featuring Karen’s famous chili and Daiya’s fabulous new pumpkin spice cheezecake, and we’ll drink and dance the night away with new friends – all of whom are friends of DawnWatch and animals!
It’s going to be a night to remember!
DATE: Saturday November 4
TIME: 6 – 10:30pm
PLACE: Ellie and Tracey Turkey’s beautiful (tented) garden in Pacific Palisades. Address provided upon ticket purchase.
ATTIRE: Garden party fancy. Please wear the nicest thing you have that can go in the washing machine if you get turkey poop on it during your photo ops, and your fanciest grass-walking, dancing, and tipsy-home-walking shoes. Sorry folks, stilettos won’t work.
EARLY VIP RECEPTION:
Grateful for the incredible support of the animal loving and vegan community, we have a full house for our early VIP cocktail hour, which starts at 5pm, but we have some SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES that include admission to it. People who have been to Karen Dawn’s home parties know that you are guaranteed to meet everybody there, and that goes for this VIP cocktail hour. We should warn you that a couple of our guests have rsvp’d “schedule permitting” and are asterisked accordingly, but we assure you that we have not listed anybody who does not expect to join us.
Most of our VIP guests will be in attendance at the larger ceremony and party. Though it will not be quite as intimate, it will still be small (we cannot fit more than about 120 people) and will be a wonderful celebration with celebrity presenters, a great dinner and dancing.
INDIVIDUAL TICKET – Early bird, until September 20, $225. Then $275.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: If you are part of the DawnWatch extended family (or would like to be) and would like to be involved in this event but are not in a position to purchase tickets, we hope you will inquire about volunteering. We may need your help bartending, serving, setting up, cleaning up, on security, printing, with equipment, music, auction items and more. Please send an inquiry note via our contact form.
Expressing gratitude for our planning committee: Deb Elliott, Billy Jebbens, Andy Mars, Scott Ryan and Katja Wargin.
And to our sponsors!
DawnWatch is a 501c3 to which all donations are tax deductible. 80% of the ticket price or 95% of sponsorship are considered donations and are tax deductible but also nonrefundable unless the event is canceled.
Please help spread the word by sharing our event on social media:
DAWNWATCH MEDIA AWARDS GALA, MAY 5th, 2018
Run by one of Karen’s mentors, Gretchen Wyler, the Genesis Awards took place every year at the Beverly Hilton, just like the Golden Globes. Under the banner, “Cruelty Can’t Stand the Spotlight,” celebrity presenters gave awards to members of the major media who had, in the previous year, shone the spotlight on animal issues. It was a powerful night, where media people who might be familiar only with the topics they had covered would learn about all the topics other journalists had covered, and often leave transformed. Plus it was like an animal advocacy United Nations — a night on which scores of animal groups gathered together to honor the media that had done beautiful work with the various groups.
A few years after Gretchen passed away the Genesis Awards, now run by the Humane Society of the United States, became online announcements. They still serve a beautiful purpose but the animal advocacy movement needs a non denominational live awards show, with the power that the Genesis Awards had.
Karen Dawn served on the Genesis Awards voting committee for a decade, and now DawnWatch is in the process of creating the DawnWatch Media Awards, in Gretchen Wyler’s honor. Our first awards gala, ocean themed, is slated for early May, 2018.
If you’d like up-to-date information on our media awards gala, please provide us with your email address in the form below: