LIVE TURKEYS, TOFURKY CHILI AND WILD TURKEY COCKTAILS!
That’s how we kick off the Thanksgiving season at DawnWatch!
Please join us Saturday November 4 for the very first DawnWatch fundraiser, hosted by Ellie and Tracey turkey, in their new home, a huge and beautiful garden in Pacific Palisades – tented in for the season. As always for Thanksgiving, we will start the evening on the terrace drinking warm apple cider spiked with Wild Turkey Bourbon (of course there will be a virgin version) during a VIP reception with the turkey girls and some fantastic turkey loving folks :
Activists: Gene Baur (Farm Sanctuary), Bruce Friedrich (Good Food Institute), Matt Rossell (Animal Defenders International), Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals) and Paul Shapiro (Humane Society of the United States).
Actors: Denise Crosby (Star Trek/Ray Donovan), Jorja Fox (CSI) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek etc)
Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Authors: Dan Buettner (The Blue Zones), Kathy Freston (Quantum Wellness, The Book of Veganish) Ray and Jean Greek (Sacred Cows and Golden Geese.)
Business founders: Steve Bellamy (Tennis, Surf and Ski Channels) Jim Greenbaum (Access Long Distance, Greenbaum Foundation) Colleen Holland (VegNews), Andre Kroecher (Daiya), Gunnar Lovelace (Thrive Market), John Mackey (Whole Foods) and Seth Tibbott (Tofurky)
Celebrity Chef: Leslie Durso
Filmmakers: Brian Wendel (Forks Over Knives) and Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground)
Television producer: Laura Keats (Pit Bulls and Parolees)
Vegan athletes: David Carter (NFL) and Josh Garrett (Vegan Hiker)
Media personalities Josh Mankiewicz (Dateline)* Mark Thompson (KFI) Jane Velez Mitchell (CNN’s HLN, Jane Unchained) and Bassem Youssef (“The Egyptian Jon Stewart” – subject of Ticking Giants – check it out!)
World Music star Rocky Dawuni
More folks being announced every day!
The big party will start at 6pm with cocktails and photo ops with Tracey and Ellie, the world’s cuddiest turkeys, who 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 Livesay 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 Sloane.
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 and 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 and one we hope you can join us. Tickets will go on sale, right here, at the end of July.
DAWNWATCH MEDIA AWARDS GALA, MAY 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. Stay tuned to this events page for more information!