Nov. 2007

ASPCA Luncheon Hosted by Chuck Scarborough Honors Horse Heroes

Equestrian News Release

NBC's Chuck Scarborough, the master of ceremonies (along with his beloved dog Oliver who sang to the harmonica to show his unique talent), congratulated
people and animals for their exceptional work, bravery and compassion in animal welfare at the ASPCA 2007 Humane Awards Luncheon at the Rainbow Room on November 1.

Cindy Adams, Cynthia Lufkin, Isaac Mizrahi, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Jeffrey Bradfield, Alison Minton and Harriette Rose Katz were among the list of
supporters to help fill the room for the 13th annual awards ceremony which welcomed not only the ASPCA Dog and ASPC Cat of the Year (Toby and Winnie – both of which saved their owners from death in truly unique ways) but also ASPCA Kid of the Year, Rachel Distefano of Southampton, NY, a 6th grader who spends her time working at the Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue that saves horses and ponies from slaughter, ASPCA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Deputy Dwight Sloan of Jefferson, Alabama, who launched a full-scale investigation after a five year old Palomino named Chance was shot while grazing in his pasture, ASPCA Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Smith of Valley Forge, PA who started a billboard campaign to educate the public about puppy mills and William Smith of New York City, who was named ASPCA Firefighter of the Year for his heroic efforts to pull a frightened dog and soot covered cat from a burning building.

Tony La Russa, Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, received the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award for his work with his Animal Rescue Foundation which strives to educate the public about companion animals, pet overpopulation and homelessness. “This honor is bigger than winning the World Series,” stated La Russa passionately from the podium. “In baseball its wins and losses, with animals its life and death.”