Animal rights activists turned out in “Diamonds Not Furs” last night at Voyeur to raise money and awareness for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles and West Hollywood’s Fur Free movement.
The $100 a ticket bash featured Betty White presenting Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President, with the inaugural “Diamonds Not Fur” Award.
The founder of Diamonds Not Fur, Katie Cleary, is a regular on “Deal or No Deal” and “America’s Next Top Model,” chose to honor spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein with the inaugural Diamonds Not Fur Humanitarian Award.
“In the Summer of 2010, I was involved in a photo shoot for a high-end custom jeweler and the stylist asked if I would wear a fur jacket and a diamond necklace, I told them I would rather just wear the diamonds and NOT the fur because I am an animal lover and only support the humane treatment of animals,” says Katie Cleary.
During the West Hollywood municipal election campaign now-council member John D’Amico launched took up the Fur Free WeHo cause as a way of differentiating himself from the other candidates.
When activist Ed Buck and Ellen Lavinthal approached her to act as spokesperson for the movement, things clicked.
She “brought on board” the Fur Free WeHo cause and “joined forces [in] support of the (SpcaLA) with the ‘Fur Free’ movement,” she said.
“So it all began. Hard work, determination and a passion for animals are what have put all the pieces of this charity event together. We need to help those who do not have a voice and cannot speak for themselves!”