This month, we awarded Martha Stewart our National Humanitarian Medal at a luncheon event at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. The event was a huge success, with hundreds of animal advocates and humane philanthropists in attendance.
In addition, key American Humane Association supporters — including Tinsley Mortimer, socialite, handbag designer and American Humane Association National Ambassador; Debbye Turner Bell, CBS News’ The Early Show Correspondent and Miss America 1990; and Ashley Rhodes-Courter, child welfare advocate, New York Times best-selling author and American Humane Association National Ambassador for Child Welfare — came out to show their support for our mission.
Check out this great photo slideshow of the event!
(Photo Credit: Elizabeth Burks @ WireImage courtesy of CESAR® Canine Cuisine)
American Humane Association chose Martha Stewart to receive our National Humanitarian Medal this year because we feel she embodies the true American values of compassion, caring and hope. Building upon her personal sense of compassion and her national prominence, Martha Stewart has long been an advocate for animal adoption, proper pet care and human-animal interaction. Frequently, she brings her own pets on her television show, sharing with viewers how pets — with their uplifting spirit and unconditional love — bring such joy to our lives. In addition, she has created the Martha Stewart Center for Living, which — through animal-assisted therapy and other programs — ensures that all people can continue to live healthy and robust lives, even as they age. Congratulations, Martha!