Sunday, March 11, 2012
Raising Money for Animals in Need...with Betty White
Saturday evening I attended the Petco Foundation Hope Gala in San Diego, California along with members of the cast of the Who Let the Dogs Out TV show. Tillman and his dad Ron Davis, Norman the Scooter Dog and his mom Karen Cobb, and Tillman's Personal Assistant, Eric Presnall. The cast met up with Betty White who was the honoree of the Gala.
The event was a benefit for Actors and Others for Animals, a Los Angeles based animal charity that does so much to help animals in need in Southern California (and beyond). Betty White is a long time animal advocate, and has been associated with and active with Actors and Others for Animals. Tillman attended the event to make a $5,000 donation to the benefit, and spent time with Betty White.
It had been a few years since I last saw Betty--she looks great, especially considering she is 90 years old! I am amazed by her energy and sense of humor, and more important her continued passion for helping animals. Betty was drawn to Norman and Tillman, and couldn't take her eyes off of them I don't blame her, as the dogs are always more interesting than a bunch of people in tuxedos. It was a fun evening that raised a bunch of money for a great animal charity.
Having celebrities attend charitable events helps sell tickets and encourage people to attend, and spend money on the auction items. It was great to hear a national treasure like Betty White speak so casually sharing stories from the heart. I consider it a real treat. I was proud to attend on behalf of Natural Balance and 'Who Let the Dogs Out'. We filmed some terrific scenes with Betty with Tillman, Norman and the cast of the show. Stay tuned through this season, you'll probably see the segment with Betty White in one of the episodes.
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