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Animal Defenders International

Lion Ark Night: ADI Hollywood Gala

Posted: 7 March 2013. Updated: 27 March 2013


Over 250 people attended ADIís star- studded fundraiser at the home of host James Costa in the Hollywood Hills to support the Lion Ark movie, and the campaign to end animals in traveling circuses.

Themed around Operation Lion Ark, James Costa opened the evening and the night included speeches from ADIís Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips, Shannon Keith of ARME, and our award winners Ė CSI actress Jorja Fox (2012 ADI Animal Champion) and legendary TV host Bob Barker (2012 Lord Houghton Award), whose rousing speech had the audience moved to tears one moment and roaring with laughter the next.

There were also cheers, tears, and gasps as short scenes were played from the forthcoming movie Lion Ark. The film is the story of the undercover investigations, public awareness, the new law and then the final seizure and rescue of every animal from Boliviaís circuses. Lion Ark is due out in the spring of 2013 (details at

It was certainly a night for Hollywood to support the campaign to end the use of animals in traveling circuses, and LAís animal protection community arrived in force, and turned on the glamour for the animals. Paparazzi and TV crews crushed onto the red carpet.

In addition to our award winners, our celebrity guests included: Sharna Burgess & Elisabetta Canalis (Dancing with the Stars), Dr. Jenn Berman (Host Couples Therapy), James Reynolds (Days of Our Lives), Cas Anvar (Lost, Diana), Corey Feldman (Stand By Me, The Lost Boys), Tanna Frederick (Just 45 Minutes from Broadway), Aaron Fresh (TeenNick), Jamie Gray Hyder (True Blood), Nicholas Guest (Sons of Anarchy), Julie Brown (Comedienne, Earth Girls Are Easy), Jessica Conseco, Mayte Garcia, Daphne Wayans (Hollywood Exes), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Michelle Harris (Host Alive & Well), Anne-Marie Johnson (Host The Daily Schmooze), Kerri Kasem (Co-Host Sixx Sense), Tonya Kay (Bold Native), Kat Kramer (singer), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Kim Matula (The Bold and the Beautiful), Lu Parker (KTLA News), Alexandra Paul (Baywatch), Elizabeth De Razzo (Eastbound and Down), Karen Sharpe-Kramer (Golden Globe-Winning actress/producer), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers, Ant Farm), Lynne Marie Stewart (Itís Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Mariana Tosca (actress The Doors), Damon Whitaker (Bird).

Our grateful thanks to:
Our host James Costa, Ady Gil, Ellen Lavinthall, Lelah Foster; Alternative Outfitters, Beauty Without Cruelty, Beluga Noble Russian Vodka, Calico Dragon, ecoVegan, Frey Vineyards, Gourmet Body Treats, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, JAM Vegan Bakery, John Paul Pet, Justinís, Lush, Mt Beautiful Vineyards, Native Foods Cafť, Rahel Ethiopian Cuisine, Repurpose, Sjaakís Chocolates, Soaptopia,Sparitual, Stone Brewing Co., Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies, Nicobella, Veggie Grill, Vegin’Out Vegan Meal Home Delivery Service, Whole Foods Market, Kim Saxelby of True Emotions Photography.

And to our Lion Art Exhibition Artists:
Lelah Foster (curator); S. Earlene Baty; Gemma Gylling; Jennifer Wolf; Paul Taylor; Susan Weingartner.

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