Animal Ashram’s Leesa Rowland, and Last Chance for Animals’ Chris DeRose, welcomed roughly one hundred guests on April 25th to The Gallery on West 26th Street in support of the fight against animal cruelty. Chris DeRose spoke extensively on the organization, describing the non-profit as “The FBI for animal rights.” The mission statement of Last Chance for Animals is “to eliminate animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention.” He also discussed the fact that everyone can be an activist, simply by not eating or wearing animal byproducts. Animal Ashram, similarly, focuses on the prevention of animal experimentation, entertainment, or exploitation. This organization’s motto is that “There is a oneness of all life.”
The event took place in an intimate and scenic venue overlooking the city skyline. Around twenty art pieces were showcased for the silent auction portion of the evening, many of which displayed themes relating to animals. The artwork included paintings, photography, sculpture, and sketches. A diverse variety of artists were featured in the collection, including Marianna Fox, Burton Morris, Jeff Rodgers, Annie Watt, Romero Britto, Carolyn Davis, and others.
Throughout the event, servers and bartenders covered in animal-inspired makeup migrated through the room, offering an array of vegan hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts. Culinary partners of the event were By Chloe, RevelRouge, and Wild Restaurant. In addition to the silent auction, guests participated in a raffle, and at the end of the night, a few lucky winners received various prizes relating to Animal Ashram, including gift certificates and gift baskets. After the hosts spoke on behalf of their respective organizations and missions, guests experienced a lovely live musical performance.
Overall, this event in support of animal activism and protection was informative and multidimensional. The collection of philanthropy, art, live music, and refreshments made for an unforgettable night. Most importantly, the hosts asserted the necessity for action regarding animal abuse and cruelty.
Photos courtesy of Natalie Bero