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  • The Broad Stage 1310 11th Street Santa Monica, CA, 90401 United States (map)


Deets: Maria Menounos, Heidi Jo Markel and LUSH Cosmetics were honored with Lily Awards (after Lily Tomlin’s namesake). Actor/Comedian Kevin Nealon, best known for Saturday Night Live, Weeds, and currently starring on CBS’s Man With A Plan, served as the evening’s host. Lily Tomlin served as Scorekeeper and Margaret Cho, Pete Holmes, Leslie Jordan and Allee Willis competed with one another answering animal themed questions and participated in an unforgettable night of stand-up comedy. Margaret Cho won the competition.

Guests experienced a live auction where Lily Tomlin auctioned a phone voice recording and threw in her blue Carolina Herrera dress worn to the Emmy’s! Maria Menounos jumped up impromptu to show everyone the dress on her phone and encouraged guests to give to help save the animals!

VFTA supporter and music icon Cher, also donated 2 backstage Meet & Greets at an upcoming show in Las Vegas. Guests drank Dulce Vida Tequila, Jägermeister, Peroni and White Tiger Vodkacocktails. Guests also received a LUSH Cosmetics Butterfly giftset.

ABOUT Voice For The Animals
Voice For The Animals was founded in 1999 and prides itself on excellence, significance and leadership in the community. We are founded on a belief in the sacredness of all life and seek to eliminate situations where animals are neglected or destroyed. Voice For the Animals’ Commendation of Excellence received from the City of Los Angeles in 2010 stated, "Through its steadfast ways and caring deeds VFTA has helped make our world a better home for all living things." VFTA has also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City Council in recognition of the "tireless work on behalf of the animals in the city of Los Angeles."

Spotted: Lily Tomlin, Maria Menounos (Honoree), Bishop Briggs (Musician), Margaret Cho, Kevin Nealon (Host), Pete Holmes, Leslie Jordan, Allee Willis, Heidi Jo Markel (Honoree, Producer Angel Has Fallen), Frankie Grande, Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye), Rachelle Henry (Woodstock or Bust), Michael McGlone (Person of Interest), Paul Koretz (LA City Council), Hilary Pickles(Lush Cosmetics), Melya Kaplan (VFTA Executive Director), Shelly Goldstein (gala writer) and more than 500 guests gathered at the Broad Stage to support Voice For The Animals (VFTA). Charity celebrity supporters include Cher and Olympia Dukakis. Melya Kaplan (VFTA Executive Director), Kristine Halverson, Kim Halverson, Mark Kleiman, Dr. Gary Kuehn, Mike Mahler and Pooja Rajaram chaired the star-studded event.

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Earlier Event: September 7
Later Event: September 8