Bob Barker, Jorja Fox Honored at Lion's ARK ADI Event For Animals
Friday, October 19, 2012 at 02:46PM
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On Saturday evening, October 13, 2012 Animal Defender’s International (ADI) held a star-studded, Californian red carpet event in the elegant Beverly Hills home of James Costa. This extraordinary gala honored Bob Barker and Jorja Fox for their trail blazing efforts to stop animal abuse. The event was held from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the Hollywood Hills mansion.

Bob Barker

Guests happily paid $500 a ticket for an hour long V.I.P. reception, where they were able to help save animals lives, personally congratulate the honorees and walk amongst such notables as Bob Barker (The Price Is Right), Jorja Fox (CSI), Alexandra Paul (Baywatch), Kate Linder (Young And The Restless), Marianna Tosca (Equine Destiny), Fawn (Top 10 Bilboard Hit inger/Songwriter), Shannon Keith (Skin Trade/Arme), Ellen Lavinthal (Animal Alliance), Cindy Landon (After Koney: Staging Hope), Patty Shanker (Free Animal Video), Ady Gil (Whale Wars), Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys), Tonya Kay (Bold Native), Dr. Jenn Bermann (VH-1 TV Couple’s Therapy), James Reynolds (Days Of Our Lives), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), and James Reynolds (Days Of Our Lives), among others.

Corey Feldman and Fawn

General admission was $150 per guest and began around 7pm, which included complimentary drinks and vegan h’orderves. A silent auction featured a Lion Art Exhibit by S. Earlene Baty; Lelah Foster (curator); Gemma Gylling; Jennifer Wolf; Paul Taylor; and Susan Weingartner. Food and other auction items were provided by Alternative Outfitters, ecoVegan, Frey Vineyards, Gourmet Body Treats, Lush, Mt Beautiful Vineyards, Native Foods Café, Paul Mitchell, Sjaak’s Chocolates, Soaptopia, Uncle Eddie's Vegan Cookies, Veggie Grill, Vegin'Out Vegan Meal Home Delivery Service and Kim Saxelby of True Emotions Photography.
After the silent auction, video footage of ADI’s rescue of several Lion’s from Bolivia Circuses, and a preview of scenes from their upcoming all-action documentary film, Lion’s Ark The Movie, was shown. After the footage and stories of the undercover investigations, animal seizures, rescues and final journey to freedom were viewed there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Whether it was tears of sadness, or tears of joy from ADI’s impressive accomplishments in stopping animal abuse, it was clear that the audience was profoundly moved. After all, closing every Circus in Bolivia, and rescuing every single animal, is not an easy feat. But ADI has accomplished just that.

Shannon Keith, Bob Barker and Marina Ramos


Inspiring, eloquent and moving speeches were heard by Shannon Keith, ADI President Jan Creamer, Jorja Fox and the man of the evening, Bob Barker. Creamer said that Bob Barker was “chosen not only for a lifetime of service, but for his generosity and for repeatedly taking the animal message to Congress.” The former Price Is Right icon received loud cheers as he accepted the 2012 International Lord Houghton Award for Services to Animal Welfare. Barker was genuinely thrilled and touched, stating, “ADI is one of the finest animal protection organizations in Europe.”

Deborah Von Brod and Ellen Lavinthal

Another important honoree of the night was CSI actress Jorja Fox, who received the 2012 ADI Animal Champion Award. Fox has been involved in animal rights for quite some time. Jan Creamer stated that she had a beautiful heart for animals and showed a clip of Fox waiting up all night until 4am for the rescued lion’s to arrive at Denver’s International Airport.

Fawn and Bob Barker

This successful fundraiser was Sponsored by James Costa and John Archibald with a Host Committee consisting of Dr. Jenn Berman, Robert Cabral, Rory Freedman, Tatiana Freitas, Ady Gil, Shannon Keith, Cindy Landon, Ellen Lavinthall, Lu Parker, Dan Piraro, Sarah Segal, Cheri Shankar, Patty Shenker, Mariana Tosca, Susan Weingartner and Persia White.

About Toto:

They found Toto chained by the neck with a circus in Chile. His body was covered in cigarette burns because they made him smoke during the act and people would throw lit cigarettes at him. He'd been torn from the wild and had been alone for over 20 years. ADI took him home to Africa and reunited him with his own kind. Lion Ark Night is more than a great night out, it's about cutting the chains of animals like Toto.

Mariana Tosca and Alexandra Paul

About ADI:

ADI: To educate, create awareness, and promote the interest of humanity in the cause of justice, and the suppression of all forms of cruelty to animals; wherever possible, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve and protect animals and their environment. To find out more about ADI, visit http://www.ad-international.org/adi_home

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