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Stuntman and Comedian to Be Honored
Saturday in Fort LauderdaleFor Immediate Release:July 15, 2011Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. -- When Jackass
star Steve-O's international stand-up comedy tour lands in Fort
Lauderdale this Saturday, the author of Professional Idiot: A Memoir
will be welcomed by Nanci Alexander, owner of gourmet vegan restaurant
Sublime and founder of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. Alexander
will present Steve-O with the Nanci Alexander Award during a champagne and
vegan caviar reception at Sublime.
When: Saturday, July 16, 4 p.m.
Where: Sublime, 1431 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
Who knew that Steve-O, a clown college
graduate, would end up blowing the whistle on Ringling's elephant abuse and
become an ally of animals? In the past year, Steve-O has teamed with PETA to
perform and appear in provocative,
serious ads that
send messages decrying the use of fur and other animal skins in fashion and
that show kids and teachers how to learn biology without taking a frog's or a
cat's life. Now a vegan, Steve-O uses his public appearances as opportunities
to speak up for animals who are in trouble. He most recently led
a protest outside Edmonton's Valley Zoo, which keeps an old elephant, Lucy,
"Steve-O may be a comedian,
but to animals in trouble, he's a real champ," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "There's lots to
laugh about in life, but animal abuse isn't funny, as Steve-O is quick to point
"[B]eing a vegan, caring
about animals … all of this compassion … in my lifestyle is the reward in and of
itself," says Steve-O.
Attending the award reception will be Sarah Wingo, the Florida middle-school
student who successfully stood up against a teacher who ridiculed her decision
not to dissect a frog in her biology class, and Anna Ware, a Georgia woman who
persuaded her county's council to ban bullhooks from circus events. Telemundo
host Natalia Villaveces, actor and former Miss Panama Patricia
De León, and Miami Ink tattoo artist Ami James will also be
Sublime offers a naturally
cholesterol-free menu and a full-service bar featuring organic wines and
spirits. Its hours of operation are 5:30–10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The
telephone number is 954-615-1431.
For more information,
please visit PETA.org or sublimerestaurant.com.
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