Benefit Concert/Event at Paramount Studios (Animal Victims of Disasters) on 2/17/07 (Benefits | Char

Benefit Concert/Event at Paramount Studios (Animal Victims of Disasters) on 2/17/07


Written by Todd Elliot   


Star Studded Benefit Concert for the Animal Victims of Disasters

Hosted by
Paula Abdul

Saturday, February 17th, 2007 – 7:30pm

Historic Paramount Studios
Paramount Theater
Bronson Gate,
5555 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, California

Please join In Defense of Animals and our host, America‘s Sweetheart, Paula Abdul, on February 17th for an extraordinary evening of music and entertainment at IDAs first-ever star-studded Benefit Concert. This special event will help the animals affected by Hurricane Katrina, who are still alone, scared and hungry, wandering the abandoned streets searching for food, water and shelter. This event will also launch IDAs Disaster Relief Fund to help animals in future disasters and help fund other IDA rescue operations throughout the world.

This highly-anticipated event will provide an enjoyable and memorable evening for you–complete with stellar performances, specialty stations featuring, among others, O2 Oxygen Bar, Gardenburger, Kudo Beans Coffee, Manis on Fairfax, Purely Decadent, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sunergia Soyfoods, Pop’n Mama Organic Kettle Corn, tantalizing gourmet vegan cuisine, and delectable desserts created by celebrity chefs and restaurants, dancing and the satisfaction of giving to a noble cause. We invite you to join us for this amazing event. Your support means a great deal to us, and most of all, to the innocent animals who rely so greatly on us.

Jane Garrison, who led the animal rescue in New Orleans and personally rescued over 1300 stranded animals stated, "The majority of the animals who died in New Orleans did not die from the hurricane or the flood…they died from starvation and dehydration because there were not enough rescuers to get to them in time. It was absolutely devastating to find these animals locked inside houses; we must not let this happen again. IDA’s Disaster Relief Plan will assure action when the next disaster hits so no animal dies alone and scared ever again. Please join me in supporting this crucial work."

Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and resulted in a massive loss of life, both human and animal. IDA-Project Hope was one of the first groups on the ground when Katrina hit the Gulf region in August 2005. Over the months, Project Hope provided shelter for homeless animals at our sanctuary in Mississippi, coordinated food and water drops for strays still wandering the barren streets of New Orleans, and continues today to transport surviving dogs and cats from devastated areas to shelters and new homes in other parts of the country. Its been well over a year now since Katrina struck, yet IDA’s Project Hope remains one of the few groups in the Gulf region still helping Katrina’s animal victims.

We look forward to making this event, with your participation, a very special evening, one that will both entertain and inspire people. We’ll see you there!

Participating Artists
Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Howard Scott (from War), Robbie Dupree, Lester Chambers (from The Chambers Brothers), Stephen Bishop, Jaared, Joey Gian, Deborah Gibson, E.G. Daily, Rich Dikerson, Tony Maiden & Amanda Maiden of Rufus, Warren Hill, Amana Melome, Laura MacLean, Sally Zito, and Justin Hopkins… more to be announced including Surprise Guest Appearances.

ALL STAR Band: including Steve Ferrone, Alphonso Johnson, Haley Kitts, Peter Wolf, Jeff Pevar (from CPR), Jaared, John Leftwich, Seleno Clarke, Paul Peress, Steve Postell (Musical Coordinator), Jeff Levine (Musical Director), and many more to be announced, including surprise guest appearances.

Honorary Committee
Grant Aleksander, John Archibald, Ed Asner, Justin Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, The Barbi Twins, Laurel Barrett, Ed Begley, Hakim Bell, Pete Bennett, Eric Burdon, Tom Callahan, David Carradine, Jillian Clare, Chris Cory, James Costa, James Cromwell, Princess Tamara Czartoryski-Borbon, Rolando Diaz, Jim Dratfield, Brian Drolet, Andrea Eastman, Michael Franks, Adrienne Frantz, Cecille Gahr, Deborah Gibson, Dr. Marty Goldstein, Melanie Griffith, Randy Grim and Quentin the Miracle Dog, Emmylou Harris, Justin Hartley, Tippi Hedren, Warren Hill, Heather Holley Hoffman, Rob Hoffman, Lori and Jeff Hyland, Joel Iskowitz, Dominic Scott Kay, Amelia Kinkade, Ellen & Robbie Little, Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop, Yvette Lopez, Bobbie Sue Luther, Kate Linder, Joan MacIntosh, Jim Mason, Candice Michelle, Dave Mirkin, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Shelley Morrison, Kevin Nealon, Willie and Amy Nelson, Flip Orley, Joey Pantoliano, Peri Parker, John Andrew Parks, Alexandra Paul, Joaquin Phoenix, Dan Piraro, Emily Scott Pottruck, Eric Roberts, Arnold Shapiro, Marina Sirtis, Billy Squier, Loretta Swit, Jeff Timmons, Mariana Tosca, Ann Turkel, Steve Valentine, Maureen Van Zandt, Steven Van Zandt, Vegan Vixens, Ken Wahl, Diane Warren, Dan Wells, Bernie Williams, Debra Wilson Skelton, Nikki Ziering, Barry Zito, Joseph Zito, Sally Zito and many, many more! New celebrities and artists added daily. Please continue to check back with us for updates.

For more information, please call 415-388-9641.