Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 3:03 PM
Lisa Jane Vanderpump, entrepreneur and star of TV’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules, will receive the Lily Tomlin Award at “”Wait, Wait…Don’t Kill Me – 2!,” a night of comedy and entertainment benefiting Voice For The Animals (VFTA), Friday, April 27 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The Lily Tomlin Award recognizes the achievements of an individual whose exceptional actions make a difference in the world of animal welfare.
Emmy- and Tony–winning, Academy Award–nominated actress and animal advocate Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) will personally present the award at the annual comedy fundraiser that takes on the year in animal news, views and other topical animal events.
“We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Lisa Vanderpump has made to championing animal welfare,” said Tomlin . “Lisa is truly a significant role model and an inspirational example to all. This year, her perseverance, talent and heroic work brought international attention to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival where, unbelievably, every year on the summer solstice thousands of dogs are killed and eaten. She is amazing.”
Vanderpump leads the fight against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where 10,000 dogs are killed in horrific ways and eaten. In response, she produced a documentary The Road to Yulin … and Beyond, which premiered last month on Prime Video, exposing the torture that occurs during the annual festival, Her work to end the festival has included leading a large protest through L.A. to the Chinese Embassy; multiple trips to address Congress, as well as collaborating on legislation with Congressman Alcee Hastings to condemn the festival and dog meat trade; and her foundation’s work alongside partner organizations to rescue dogs from the Yulin Festival, including its Executive Director Dr. John Sessa’s mission trips to China to vaccinate and treat the dogs rescued.
Vanderpump founded The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue organization that works on both domestic and international fronts to create a better world for dogs. Domestically, the Foundation opened the doors to its L.A. Rescue Center in 2017 and has since found homes for more than 500 neglected, abandoned and abused dogs in the L.A. area.
She and her husband, Ken Todd, have owned 26 restaurants, bars and clubs in London and Los Angeles, including The Shadow Lounge, Bar Soho, SUR, Pump and Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills.
Lisa joins previously announced guests Lily Tomlin, June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Craig Ferguson (The Craig Ferguson Show), Whitney Cummings (Unforgettable) and host Paul Scheer (The League). All proceeds will support VFTA as it continues it fight for creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation and advocacy.
The evening will begin with a star-studded VIP (Vegan Important People) Reception and red carpet followed by the “Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me 2!” comedy program. Puppies up for adoption from the Los Angeles Animal Services will also make an appearance on the red carpet.
To purchase tickets ($50-100), visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wait-wait-dont-kill-me-2-2018-tickets-43465432278?ref=eios&aff=eios.
For more information about the Voice For The Animals Foundation, visit https://www.vftafoundation.org/. For sponsorship opportunities, call Michael Stevens, 310-890-9182.
Voice For The Animals (VFTA) is a 501c3, non-profit founded by Melya Kaplan in 1999 when she realized there was a dire need for a new type of animal protection organization with programs to empower people to help more animals. VFTA supports many programs that focus on animal protection, including an Animal Assistance Hotline, Rescue and Adoption, Working Cats, Helping Friends, Abuse Prevention, Humane Education, Feral Colonies, VFTA Worldwide, Animal Films, and the Elephants in Captivity Awareness Campaign. The Captivity is Not Conservation campaign is devoted to educating people about the plight of Billy the elephant and his life in captivity.