Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is making it known through a humorous home video that on November 19, he and his wife Livia will be celebrating turkeys with “one of the classiest organizations [they] have been supporting for more than ten years,” when they attend Farm Sanctuary's much loved Celebration FOR the Turkeys at the organization’s shelter for abused farm animals in Orland, California.
In the video Biz ruminates, “Turkeys are intelligent, social, curious, and sometimes even funny. I wish people were more like turkeys sometimes.”
The highlight of the distinctive annual event, which reflects the growing trend toward placing turkeys at the center of our attention, rather than at the center of our plates, is the famous Feeding of the Turkeys Ceremony, where the shelter’s rescued turkeys are the honored guests and feast on a buffet served by Farm Sanctuary staff of their favorite holiday treats: stuffed squash, pumpkin pie and cranberries (on silver platters, of course).
This year’s event will commemorate Farm Sanctuary’s 25th Anniversary and includes special guest presentations by vegan writer and chef Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, holistic health counselor and two-time “Oprah” guest Victoria Moran, Farm Sanctuary California Shelter Director Leanne Cronquist, and Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, a special musical performance by classical guitarist Indran Fernando, a delicious Thanksgiving feast, and of course abundant time spent with our rescued farm animal friends.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to “adopt” a turkey through the organization’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project, for which Ellen DeGeneres is serving as this year’s spokesperson. For a one-time donation of just $30, adopters will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with color photo of a rescued turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s shelters and fun details about their adopted turkey.