- On May 18, 2017
We held the annual HSUS Gala (To the Rescue!) at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, CA on April 22, and it broke our previous fundraising record with $1.4 million dollars raised. The proceeds went to support the HSUS Farm Animal Protection campaign, and honored United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) as well as slain singer and HSUS supporter, Christina Grimmie.
Considering the locale, there were no shortage of stars and celebrities on hand both onstage as well as in attendance.
Actress Elizabeth Banks presented Senator Booker with the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his notable work on championing animal welfare legislation on Capitol Hill.
Celebrities attending the event included an array of actors, models, musicians, politicians, and athletes, most notably actresses Diane Keaton and Melanie Griffith, and musicians Moby and Black Sabbath bassist, Geezer Butler.
Arguably the highlights of the evening were Pharrell’s performance, in which he launched an impromptu fundraising appeal, and a moving tribute to the late Christina Grimmie. Grimme’s family accepted the HSUS Impact Award in recognition of her devotion to the cause of animal protection.
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