Kathy Najimy — star of Sister Act, King of the Hill, and HBO’s Emmy-nominated Veep — was guest of honor, together with her singer/songwriter daughter, Samia Najimy Finnerty, on Sunday at South Florida’s gourmet vegan restaurant Sublime.
Sublime owner Nanci Alexander presented Najimy with PETA's Compassionate Action Award for using her talents for more than a decade to help animals, including by starring in TV spots to promote kindness to dogs (with music by her friend Dolly Parton) and alternatives to real animal fur and encouraging tourists to steer clear of SeaWorld in an ad that appears in the San Diego International Airport.
“Not only is Kathy one of the funniest actors in Hollywood, she’s also one of the famous kind souls whom PETA works with to save animals,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “From placing vegan themes in her sitcoms to starring in one of PETA’s high-profile campaigns to free dolphins and orcas, Kathy uses her wit and charm to get animal issues noticed.”
Sunday’s reception also featured a musical performance from Najimy’s daughter, a vegan and PETA supporter in her own right.