The red-carpet event was held at the Peninsula Hotel where celebrities Jillian Michaels, Michael Weatherly ("NCIS"), Reality Star Peggy Tanous ("The Real Housewives of Orange County"), Actor Robert Wahl (Arli$$), Award-winning composer Diane Warren, "Dancing with the Stars" contestant and supermodel Joanna Krupa, Jayde Nicole (TV personality, PMOY 2008), Valerie Fitzgerald (Host of HGTV's "Selling LA"), and actress and animal activist Katie Cleary ("Deal or No Deal") walked the red carpet.
More than 300 guests gathered to support Much Love Animal Rescue and enjoy vegetarian hor's d'oeuvres, live music along with a silent auction which included signed items by Ryan Gosling, Rhianna and Jane Lynch, as well as tickets to Jerry Seinfeld's live show donated by Carol Leifer.
An estimated $30,000 was raised via donations, raffles and silent auctions. "The event exceeded our expectations," says Stacy Bodell of Much Love Animal Rescue. We are grateful to Dr. Nguyen for his generous support and for hosting this incredible fundraiser that helped us to raise much needed funds to benefit Much Love Animal Rescue. The money we raised last night will go a long way to furthering our efforts in rescuing shelter animals and saving their lives and help us to find them loving homes."
"I am proud to have hosted a fundraiser for such a worthy endeavor," says Dr. Nguyen. "I'm so grateful to the impressive generosity of the guests who attended and donated to show their support to Much Love Animal Rescue, whose mission is to rescue abandoned and abused shelter animals. I am thrilled with the prospect that many more rescue animals will be adopted as a result of our efforts last evening. We raised a lot of money for a very valuable organization."