A wonderful night was had by animal lovers and passionate animal activists as guests were shuttled up to the private home of James Costa. Guests enjoyed the breathtaking LA view shoeless while dining on vegan bites from Food By Mother Organic. Selections included “meatless meatloaf” and mushroom risotto. The cookies and peanut butter and jelly tasting ice cream from Stella’s Best were a hit with me. The Onyx and Breezy Foundation fundraiser was chaired by Tony and Emmy Award winning actor, and current SAG/AFTRA co-President Ken Howard and his wife Linda, along with Foundation Trustees Wanda & Mark Shefts, and co-chair Cindy Kay. The evening recognized two important people for their passion for helping animals – Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren and renowned photographer Christopher Ameruoso for their tireless efforts on behalf of animal welfare. Musical performances occurred by American Idol winner Lee DeWyze and Smash star Leslie Odom, Jr.
Guests included Emmy Rossum and boyfriend Tyler Jacob Moore, Peter Facinelli and girlfriend Jaimie Alexander, Priscilla Presley, Kristin Bauer, Gilles Marini, Neal McDonough, Frances Fisher, Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, Ken Howard, Greg Louganis and Ronn Moss. My date’s night was made by getting a chance to meet his longtime favorite actor Sam Elliot and getting a chance to express his appreciation for his work and snap a birthday photo with him. Peter and I also enjoyed talking to a lovely very good looking older couple Chris DeRose and his wife. Chris DeRose is the president and founder of Last Chance for Animals, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation that has been around for thirty years. They primarily do investigations for very big cases to support a cruelty free environment for animals, such as animals that are stolen or used for research.
Ryan Kavanaugh’s newly acquired FreeHand dog food company was a presenting sponsor, which not only has created high quality dog food, but for every bag you buy, they donate a bag called rescueOne to shelters and rescues pound for pound. Other sponsors included Les Compagnons, Patrón Liquor and Omega Infusion Water. Guests left with a wonderful gift bag full of dog goodies.
The Onyx and Breezy Foundation for the Welfare of Animals is a non profit that provides financial support to credible organizations and individuals that benefit the welfare of animals. The Foundation was formed in 2004 by Mark and Wanda Shefts to honor the memory of their two labrador retrievers. 100 percent of donations to the Foundation go directly to animals in need. The Foundation provides assistance in a variety of ways: funding of equipment for medical facilities, spay and neuter programs, disaster relief, puppy mill rescues, food, medicine and supplies, funding of shelters, rescues, foster groups and sanctuaries. The Foundation also provides funds for the pets of individuals where hardship is present.