Actress, animal activist and conservationist Shannon Elizabeth supports Animal Avengers

On Sunday April 17 Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich hosted celebrity Shannon Elizabeth for an exclusive and intimate event “Shannon Elizabeth & Animal Avengers: Back to Africa.”

ShannonElizabethwithLittleGirlThe event brought awareness and support to Shannon Elizabeth’s non-profit Animal Avengers that is currently assisting anti-poaching units as well as organizations and people in Africa who are protecting and saving endangered animals while supporting the surrounding communities in the process.

Elizabeth who has appeared in over 50 films and television shows started Animal Avengers in 2001 as a cat and dog rescue that has now evolved to helping animals on a bigger scale while also helping the communities around them and ultimately our ecosystem and planet. She is headed back to Africa the end of April 2016 to further her mission.

The intimate event allowed Elizabeth to candidly share about her past experiences in Africa and the magnitude of illegal poaching. She said “We are losing an average of 96 elephants and 4-6 rhinos A DAY right now. So for every day we sit around & do nothing, that many more animals are being brutally slaughtered for the ivory and horns. One of the number one ways that terrorists are funding their operations is through poaching & wildlife trafficking. So if you think this isn’t affecting you, you’re wrong.”

Elizabeth also shared how saving animals also saves our planet. She stated “We are all part of the same eco-system. If we let these animals go extinct in our lifetime, what a tragedy that would be and shame on us. If you remove just one link from that eco-system chain, the whole thing could crumble. And you will be affected from that. We’re all feeling the effects now of some of these changes through global warming.”

100% of ticket sales for the event went to Animal Avengers.  Attendees also experienced a meet and greet with the celebrity activist, photo opportunities with her, Q & A, silent auction, appetizers and cocktails.

The event was co-hosted by Allyson Spellman and PJ Marcella with generous support from Whole Foods of Greenwich, ONE HOPE Wine, Springdale Florist and Nursery, Capozzi’s Custom Car Line Inc., Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, SilhouPETte and Ilene Anders Photography.

Animal Avengers is a non-profit charity started by Shannon Elizabeth that is dedicated to the welfare of all animals and giving a voice to those who have none. The mission is to save as many animals on this planet as possible through strategic collaborations, engagement with policy makers, financial aid, hands on work in the field, education & tactical planning/execution for the future.

The focus for 2016 is currently supporting anti-poaching units, vets & various people & projects in Africa who are protecting & saving endangered animals, supporting the surrounding communities, educating our youth & working at government levels to create lasting change.  The goal of Animal Avengers is to assist in creating positive, enduring change in this world that is impactful long after we’re all gone.

To learn more about Animal Avengers or to donate visit animalavengers.com.

Please see attached event photos.  All photos courtesy of Ilene Anders.

Shannon Elizabeth shakes attendees hands at the Animal Avengers fund-raiser.

Shannon Elizabeth shakes some hands at the Animal Avengers fund-raiser.

Shannon Elizabeth shares her past experiences in Africa and the magnitude of illegal poaching.

Shannon Elizabeth shares her past experiences in Africa and the magnitude of illegal poaching.

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