LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bob Barker has spent millions of dollars helping elephants, bears, chimps and other animals.
For decades when he was host of "The Price Is Right," he ended every show with a plea to viewers to spay or neuter their pets.
Animal Defenders International will present him with the Lord Houghton Award on Oct. 13 at a West Hollywood ceremony.
ADI President Jan Creamer says Barker was chosen not only for a lifetime of service, but for his generosity and for repeatedly taking the animal message to Congress.
The award brings Barker international recognition, but he says it means so much because of the respect he has for ADI. He says the group is one of the finest animal protection organizations in Europe.
Bob Barker and Jorja Fox ('CSI') to he Honored at Animal Defenders International Gala "Lion Ark Night" Saturday, October 13
Bob Barker (Emmy award-winning host of 'The Price is Right' and philanthropist) and Jorja Fox ('CSI's' Sarah Sidle) will be honored at a special lion-themed night in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday October 13th by Animal Defenders International (ADI). The celebrity-studded event is ticket only. Tickets are $150 and VIP tickets are $500 (which includes a VIP champagne reception) and are available at www.adievents.com .
Lion Ark Night will be themed around last year's huge ADI Operation Lion Ark rescue mission of 29 circus lions from Bolivia to the U.S, which is currently being made into a feature length documentary.
After ADI undercover investigations secured a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia, the ADI team returned to track down and raid the remaining circuses defying the law. Every animal was rescued, with 29 lions airlifted by ADI to safety in the USA.
The gala evening, at a private home in the Hollywood Hills, will feature a preview of scenes from the forthcoming movie Lion Ark introduced by ADI founders Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips, who led the dramatic rescue mission in Bolivia.
During the evening's award ceremony, a lifetime achievement award will be presented to TV host and philanthropist Bob Barker - the 2012 recipient of the international Lord Houghton Award for Services to Animal Welfare. ADI nominates a single recipient every four years.
Jorja Fox will receive the ADI Animal Champion Award for her work to protect animals used in entertainment.
ADI promises exhilarating evening with music, vegan hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine, spirits, art, speakers, and a glimpse of Lion Ark the movie.
The event is sponsored by Alternative Outfitters, ecoVegan, Frey Vineyards, Mt Beautiful Vineyards, Native Foods Café, Paul Mitchell, Uncle Eddie's Vegan Cookies, Veggie Grill and Vegin' Out Vegan Meal Home Delivery Service.
The VIP reception is at 6 pm; vegan hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and spirits will be served from 7-10 pm; and the program begins at 8:30 pm.
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