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A host of stars will come to the rescue of animals in need at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California, tonight, January 7.

The Animal Rescue Foundation's 20th annual Stars To The Rescue concert will feature a plethora of music legends, including the Eagles' bassist Timothy B. Schmidt, the Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston, trumpeter Chris Botti, singer Charlie Williams, and comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan.

The charity was created in 1991 by Tony and Elaine La Russa to address the needs of companion animals. ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each others lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care.

ARF has also launched its annual celebrity charity pet calendar, aimed at raising funds for the charity’s important work.

According to the charity: "ARF’s 2011 calendar features twelve months of engaging celebrities, beginning and ending with five-time Academy Award nominee, actress Glenn Close. The familiar faces of five-time boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, television host and international correspondent Lisa Ling, and actor Joe Mantegna of CBS’s Criminal Minds also appear. Sports fans will recognize Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, and New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher. Rounding out the star lineup are actor Sean Patrick Flanery, Twilight actress Christian Serratos, country music singer-songwriter Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Divorce Court’s Judge Lynn Toler, and Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba."

The calendar is available at www.tir-arf.org. More information on the Stars To The Rescue concert can be found here.

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