Katie Cleary, founder of Diamonds Not Fur and a favorite from “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.
spcaLA’s Friend for Life, Betty White, will present the award at the hip, private WeHo club, VOYEUR, where the drinks will be flowing (and included in the price of admission), the appetizers will be abundant and the DJ promises non-stop spinning—except of course for the fabulous live auction and a performance by “The Mad Musician” with a special performance by “James Torme” and “Fawn.”
The celebrity host committee includes Betty White, Jared Leto, Charlotte Ross, Elaine Hendrix, Scott Elrod, Victor Webster, along with supporters Howie Mandel & David Copperfield. There will be favorites from the hit TV NBC series, “Deal or No Deal”, models from the hit show “America’s Next Top Model,” favorites from “Dancing with the Stars,” Playmate of the year Jayde Nicole, TV & radio personality Jessica Hall & supermodel Joanna Krupa – plus some surprise celebrity guests!
“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. "I then decided to have a fundraiser to benefit some of the animal organizaitons I work with. The name I came up with was “Diamonds Not Fur.” I asked some of my friends in the entertainment business, including my publicist, Ben Decker, and Avery Roberts who has a charity auction and events company if they would like to be involved with the event. They all jumped on board to help support the cause!
“I chose the (SpcaLA) to be honored for their work saving thousands of animals lives all over Los Angeles. We decided to have Betty White who is the spokesperson for the SpcaLA as our featured guest. A couple months during the planning of the event I was asked to be the spokesperson for the West Hollywood “Fur Free” movement by Ellen Lavinthal and Ed Buck, who I then brought on board to join forces and combine support of the (SpcaLA) with the “Fur Free” movement.
“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! I believe that everyone was put on this earth for a purpose and my purpose is to bring awareness to animal issues and causes. My husband and I rescue all types of animals and if we could, we would take them all in to give them a fresh new start. Since we are doing all we can, I am asking for your support in giving to organizations that make a difference on a large scale and joining my friends and I in supporting this worthy cause that is dear to my heart – The humane treatment and care of ALL animals that we share this beautiful planet with!”
The event takes place on Saturday, August 27. More information can be found here.
Diamonds Not Fur is sponsored by Voyeur, Davis B. Nguyen, MD, Fenix, Pace, D Cups Cupcakes, Chef AJ’s Healthy Kitchen, Z Gallerie, BDWDPR, Botany, Seed Corn Advertising, Little Black Dress Wines, Huber Gems, Doomie’s Home Cookin’, No Udder Desserts, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Jamaica’s Cakes, Vegan Plate & others.