Today she was recognized for her charitable work in a special gala luncheon at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, hosted by Lois Pope and American Humane Association. Surrounded by many of the world's leading philanthropists and passionate animal welfare advocates, Ms. Hilton was presented with American Humane Association's National Humanitarian Medal for her support of a wide range of worthy causes and organizations benefiting the most vulnerable. Among the many organizations she has supported include the Starlight Children's Foundation, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, ACT for MS, American Humane Association, The Art of Elysium, MusiCares, The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Cancer Research UK, Cathy's Kids Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back, Education Africa, Feeding America, Gibson Girl Foundation, Leeza's Place, Life Rolls On Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre, Playing For Good, Precious Paws, Race to Erase MS, Richie Madden Children's Foundation, Soles4Souls, and the Union Rescue Mission.
"I am very happy to be involved with the American Humane Association and it means so much to be honored by an organization that helps protect children and animals; two groups that I have always been very passionate about helping," said Hilton. "I think it's so sad to see both children and animals treated badly and taken advantage of, especially because they cannot help themselves. I encourage people everywhere to support this charity, everyone can make a difference."
The March 25 gala is part of The Be Humane Series featuring internationally known speakers on topics affecting the nation's children and animals. The event featured music and entertainment by consummate entertainer, performer and one of the country's finest vocalists Clint Holmes with musical director Jeffrey Neiman. Actor and American Humane Association's Young Hollywood National Ambassador Lou Wegner and other animal-loving celebrities supported the festivities, and heartwarming stories of the hero animals in our lives were shared. Proceeds went to support the Lois Pope Red Star Rescue team based in Palm Beach County, Florida, and educational initiatives designed to nurture humane communities.
"Ms. Hilton has given selflessly of her talent and her time to so many good causes, ranging from animal rescue to pediatric cancer," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. "As an organization that works to help children and animals, we appreciate how important it is to gain global support and awareness for the major issues and challenges they face so that together we may make a difference. Our gratitude to Ms. Hilton for her outreach on behalf of our most vulnerable!"
During the past year, Ms. Hilton helped bring attention to the vital, often life-saving initiatives of American Humane Association, which reaches more than 1 billion children and animals with direct services and millions more through prevention and education. Ms. Hilton was part of a group of top-tier celebrities that reached 30 million Americans in a single night, and recorded a television PSA that brought in charitable dollars to protect farm animals, rescue animals caught in disasters, and help promote effective new interventions for children with cancer.
"Through her charitable work, Paris Hilton has advanced our core values of compassion, caring and hope for thousands in their times of greatest need," said Lois Pope, philanthropist and founder of the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation. "On behalf of America's children and animals, we salute her."
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