Join Mercy For Animals On June 10th For Their HOPE Gala Honoring Dr. Jane Goodall, Hosted By Tabitha Brown
Photo by: Vincent Calmel
Mercy For Animals, one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices, will hold its Mercy For Animals Hope Gala on June 10th. The event is hosted by NAACP Image Award winner, actress, and vegan foodie Tabitha Brown (Showtime’s The Chi).
This year’s one-of-a-kind virtual gala, which also includes an online auction, will celebrate Mercy For Animals’ 22nd anniversary and honor leaders in animal welfare and the plant-based food industry. Actors and activists Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara will present the Hope Award to Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, who is also a U.N. Messenger of Peace.
During the program, Mercy For Animals will also give awards to Miyoko Schinner, Founder of the popular dairy-free cheese brand Miyoko’s Creamery; Pinky Cole, vegan restaurateur; and Erik Hastings, a former undercover investigator and current Mercy For Animals senior investigations specialist.
Award presenters also include Grammy-winning singer Mýa; Grammy nominee Durrell “TANK” Babbs (Hit the Floor); actors Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale), Javicia Leslie (Batwoman), Alexandra Paul (Baywatch), María Gabriela De Faría (The Moodys), Cleo Anthony (She’s Gotta Have It), Daniel Newman (The Walking Dead), Christopher von Uckermann (Diablero), Christian McGaffney (Natalia del Mar), Pérola Faria (Apocalipse), and Sadaa Sayed (Jayam), as well as fashion model Alex Trevelin. The gala announcer is American Idol’s Mark Thompson.
The one-hour program will also feature inspiring musical performances by NAACP Image Award-nominated singer Jade Novah, Emmy-winning music producer Devin Johnson, The Voice Australia’s Johnny Manuel, Broadway star Alison Luff, and actor Matt Magnusson from the band Big Sur Bound, as well as singer-songwriters Avasa and Matthew Love.
Following the awards ceremony, guests are invited to attend a virtual after-party with music from internationally acclaimed DJ Tigerlily and Grammy-nominated duo SOFI TUKKER.
The star-studded honorary committee is composed of more than 200 icons from film, television, sports, and music, including: Kate Mara, Daisy Fuentes, Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Smith, Mayim Bialik, Paul Wesley, Kat Graham, Diane Warren, Al Yankovic, Charo, Gus Kenworthy, Carrie Ann Inaba, Mena Massoud, Enes Kanter, Jamie Campbell Bower, Margaret Cho, Olivia Newton-John, Edward James Olmos, and James Cromwell. A full list of committee members is viewable at MFAGala.com.
The virtual red carpet featuring 70 celebrities will take place on Mercy For Animals’ Instagram page at 8:00 p.m. Eastern before the gala program begins at 8:30 p.m. The after-party will start at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.
Tickets are available for purchase for the virtual event HERE!