Fort Lauderdale Restaurateur Joins Sir Paul Mccartney In Honoring Animal Heroes

Animal Activist Nanci Alexander Takes the Stage at Star-Studded Event Hosted by Anjelica Huston and Pamela Anderson

For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – On September 30, Hollywood’s finest and kindest celebrated PETA’s 35th anniversary at its All Together Now bash and humanitarian awards in Los Angeles, where celebrities were recognized for their tireless work for animals. There to present her namesake Nanci Alexander Activist Award, the co-owner of South Florida’s premiere vegan restaurant, Sublime, and founder of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, honored this year’s recipient, Emmy Award–winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell. Afterward, hosts Anjelica Huston and Pamela Anderson as well as guests such as James Cromwell, Tommy Lee, and Alicia Silverstone were treated to an exclusive performance by Sir Paul McCartney and Beck. Photos are available here.

“The sweeping changes for animals that PETA has made in 35 years would not be possible without stellar activists like Nanci Alexander and Jane Velez-Mitchell,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “We can count on these influential women to make sure that the animals’ side of the story is always heard.”

The Nanci Alexander Activist Award, which is one of PETA’s highest honors for animal rights advocates and has previously been awarded to Joan Jett and Kathy Najimy, was given to Velez-Mitchell for her constant efforts to get wild animals out of circuses and to free Lolita, a lone orca at the Miami Seaquarium. Alexander was among the first activists to spark debate over SeaWorld’s orca prisons, and she played an instrumental role in Florida’s pig gestation-crate ban, among many other efforts.

Awards at the event also went to Bill Maher, Noah Cyrus, Maggie Q, and Jason Biggs, while Joaquin Phoenix and his family presented the first-ever River Phoenix Humanitarian Award.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind