TURKEY CUDDLING, COCKTAILS, A VEGAN FEAST AND DANCING!
That’s how we kicked off the Thanksgiving season at DawnWatch!
You’ll find photos from the DawnWatch Turkey Party in a folder on the DawnWatch Facebook page here. You don’t need to be signed into Facebook to view the folder.
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/Gun Shy)
Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek/Netflix’s Gerald’s Game)
Alexandra Paul (Baywatch/Who Killed the Electric Car)
Julia Pennington (Seinfeld/A Dog’s Life Rescue)
Richard Bloom – 50th District
Katrina Fox (Vegan Ventures/Forbes)
Jean Greek (Sacred Cows and Golden Geese.)
Jim Greenbaum (Access Long Distance, Greenbaum Foundation)
Colleen Holland (Veg News)
John Mackey (Whole Foods CEO)
Cristina Colissimo (One Lucky Elephant; At the Fork)
Brian Wendel (Forks Over Knives)
Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground)
Vegan Food Aficionados/Ambassadors:
Donna Dennison (That Snarky Vegan Girl)
Leslie Durso (Celebrity Chef)
Toni Okamoto (Plant Based on a Budget)
Janabai Owens (Rawvolution)
Katja Wargin (Brentwood Hills Kitchen)
Lu Parker (KTLA)
Jory Rand (ABC7)
Jane Velez Mitchell (JaneUnchained.com/journalist/author)
Rocky Dawuni (Grammy nominee 2016)
Laura Keats (Pit Bulls and Parolees)
Josh Garrett (Pacific Crest Trail record 2013)
The 5pm VIP reception featured incredible charcuterie from Katja Wargin’s Brentwood Hills Kitchen. After a photo op hour with Tracey and Ellie, the world’s cuddliest turkeys, the pair was officially “pardoned” by their own Assemblymember, Richard Bloom. He commented, “I think they should probably be pardoning us.” Perfect. 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 were thrilled to have him with us.
Awards were given out to Fantastic Activists:
Susan Weingartner, currently of Mercy for Animals, with an extraordinary activism history. Presented by Denise Crosby.
Kezia Jauron and Gary Smith of Evolotus, presented by Bruce Greenwood.
Elaine Livesey Fassel as a DawnWatch star activist
And the first ever DawnWatch Media Award was given to ABC7 Producer Elaine Hogue, who covered the DawnWatch Turkey Rescue nine years in a row, letting everybody watching ABC in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving Day know that Turkey Day can be lots of fun when the turkeys are alive and well.
Please learn more about the upcoming first DawnWatch Media Awards Gala below!
Fantastic Morrissey tickets and a dinner with Peter Singer were auctioned off.
Then, after dinner, some of us danced the night away!
Huge thanks to all who supported the effort, in particular our incredible volunteers and the wonderful sponsors listed below, and our fantastic planning committee, Deb Elliott, Zoe Haddard, Billy Jebbens, Andy Mars, Scott Ryan and Katja Wargin.
And to our sponsors!
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DAWNWATCH MEDIA AWARDS GALA, MAY 6th, 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: