VETERINARIAN'S INTERNATIONAL HONORS DR. JANE GOODALL, CORNELIA GUEST AND PENNI LUDWIG TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ITS INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL PROGRAMS
(East Hampton, New York) On August 11th, 175 guests celebrated Veterinarians International's third annual "Trunks of Love" gala. Hosted by Katie Cleary of World Animal News, Zara Beard, and award-winning actor Dwayne Hill, the event was held at Dopo La Spiaggia, in East Hampton NY. The charity honored Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist, conservationist, and humanitarian; Cornelia Guest, actress, spokesperson for animal rights, founder of Artemis Farm Rescue and the creator of a line of cruelty-free handbags; and Penni Ludwig, who has funded two of the organization’s mobile elephant clinics, to provide critical veterinary care in Surin, Thailand.
The evening introduced two new programs: Healthy Pets in Chile and Guatemala, which provides veterinary services to low-income families; and Women, Goats and Peace in Kenya, offering veterinary care to the goats and donkeys of 265 families living in arid, impoverished landscapes. Also featured was a stunning exhibit, Half Remembered Past by National Geographic Explorer Asher Jay; live birds of prey from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center; and interactive veterinary exhibits, including a surgical suite from the field. Fine wines and spirits by Palm Bay International and music by Dan Bailey Tribe and Ralph Hafmeister made for a lively atmosphere. Exquisite cuisine was courtesy of Dopo La Spiagga's Chef Maurizio Marfoglia (Best Chefs of America).
A few of the evening's special guests were Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, Jane Gill, Nellie Sciutto, Stewart Shining, James Hammond, Pamela Lubell, Sam Shahid, Nick Dupart and Rebekah Caudwell, and model Missy Hargraves.