Actress and animal advocate, Betty White, will be honored by the American Humane Association with two prestigious awards – the National Humanitarian Medal and the Legacy Award – at a special event on October 6th.
A member of the American Humane Association for the past 60 years, White is thrilled to be receiving the awards.
“I’m very grateful to American Humane Association for these wonderful honors,” said White. “I got involved with this terrific charity 60 years ago because of our shared commitment to the welfare of animals. As an actor, I saw first-hand the crucial work American Humane Association was doing to protect animals in entertainment through their “No Animals Were Harmed®” certification program, which has kept more than a million of our most beloved co-stars safe on set. And now I’m excited that American Humane Association has given a starring role to our nation’s most courageous canines by creating the Hero Dog Awards, which celebrate the incredible bond between people and animals, and how important we are to each other.”
American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert explained, “We bestow the National Humanitarian Medal, our highest honor, on those who reflect our core values of compassion, caring and hope, and Betty more than reflects these values: she radiates them. Betty has more than earned the Legacy Award by dedicating herself to protecting and improving the quality of life for animals. We have worked with her for more than 60 years to build a better world for our most vulnerable. Betty is an inspiration to me personally, to everyone at American Humane Association and to millions of animal lovers around the globe.”
The star-studded event will air on the Hallmark Channel November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET/PT as part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, a campaign to celebrate the joy and enrichment animals bring to our lives.
Additionally, as part of her 90th birthday celebration this year, Betty White will match up to $25,000 in donations made by the public to the American Humane Association. Every person who makes a contribution will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to the Hero Dog Awards black-tie gala where they will walk the red carpet, meet Ms. White in person and be recognized in a special video tribute. Ticket winners will be announced on October 2.
To make a donation or for more information on how to join Ms. White in raising critical funds for American Humane Association, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/bettywhite-aha/fundraiser/americanhumane.