Bob Barker Honors Hidden Heroes with $250,000 Donation to MFA

Hundreds of leading health, environmental and animal protection advocates, compassionate celebrities, and other high-profile, socially conscious individuals gathered at the beautiful home of James Costa in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday for MFA’s unforgettable Honoring Hidden Heroes event to honor and support the brave undercover investigators who risk their safety to expose and end cruelty to farmed animals. Adding to the excitement, two investigators were on hand to tell their touching firsthand accounts of working on the frontlines.

During the special evening, MFA’s Executive Director Nathan Runkle presented Bob Barker, the Emmy Award-winning host of The Price is Right, with the 2011 Compassionate Leadership Award for his more than 30 years of groundbreaking activism on behalf of animals and his generous support of MFA’s investigative efforts. Pledging to continue to support MFA’s vital work on behalf of farmed animals, Mr. Barker presented MFA with a check for $250,000.

This hugely successful event was sponsored by Cheri and Naren Shankar, VegNews and Ozimo, and featured an open bar with mixed drinks and organic wine donated by Frey Vineyards, vegan hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Veganics and Chef AJ’s Healthy Kitchen, and a silent auction with incredible items generously donated by Real Food Daily, Vaute Couture, John Bartlett and many other compassionate companies and individuals! Of course, the entire event would not have been possible without the inspiring efforts of the event Host Committee and a team of dedicated local volunteers.

Thank you to everyone who attended this event to help strengthen and expand MFA’s vital work on behalf of farmed animals. If you weren’t able to attend the event but would like to support our work, please consider making a tax-deductible donation online.

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