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October 31, 2009
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Dr. Jane Goodall Honors Ed Begley, Jr., Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, and Actress/Animal Welfare Advocate Betty White, Among Others
Special Musical Performance by Ben Harper; surprise Appearance by Craig Ferguson
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, brought her message of hope to California for the third annual Jane Goodall Institute Global Leadership Awards Celebration. The star-studded event took place on Friday, October 30, 2009, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills. The Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards honor the work and achievements of individuals and corporations that embody the Institute’s mission by taking informed and compassionate action on behalf of all living things.
The 2009 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award winners include:
- The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, for Excellence in Public Policy;
- Theo Chocolate for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility;
- Ed Begley, Jr. for Responsible Activism in Media and Entertainment;
- John Zavalney for Excellence in Education;
- Erica Fernandez of California and Shadrach Meshach of Tanzania for Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership;
- Dr. Virginia Landau for Lifetime Dedication to the Conservation and Care of Chimpanzees; and
- Betty White for Lifetime Achievement.
After a surprise introduction by television host Craig Ferguson, Betty White said, “I am deeply honored to accept this award from Dr. Goodall. The thoughtful work of the Jane Goodall Institute has made a tremendous difference in conserving habitat and improving the lives of people in Africa and around the world.” Ms. White is the first person to receive the Lifetime Achievement award, which pays tribute to an individual who has dedicated his or her life to the betterment of our world and who has made an enormous impact on all those who call this planet home.
Dr. Goodall, the evening’s keynote speaker, encouraged her audience to, “develop respect for all living things and try to replace impatience and intolerance with understanding, compassion—and above all—love.”
The evening’s mistress and master of ceremonies, Jill St. John and Robert Wagner, are longtime supporters of the Institute. Los Angeles resident Shelby Jean Sloan, a member of JGI’s board of directors, and her husband, Sheldon Sloan, co-chaired the festivities, and GRAMMY-winning artist Ben Harper provided an intimate musical performance. Other notable attendees included Jim Belushi, Jordana Brewster, Rachelle Carson and Frances Fisher.
Lead sponsors included: RagingWire Enterprise Solutions, Inc.; Beverly Wilshire-Beverly Hills; The Walt Disney Company; Toyota Motor Sales, USA; Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association; Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P.; Melissa Kravetz Memorial Foundation; Planet Green; The Turner Foundation; and the Winnick Family Foundation.
In keeping with the Jane Goodall Institute’s philosophy of environmental responsibility, the evening incorporated eco-sensitive, sustainable décor and lighting, and a “Green Carpet” made of sustainable and fully recyclable modular carpet tiles by Flor. The dinner menu featured local, organic and vegetarian items including Theo Chocolate/Jane Goodall Institute bars, which carry Jane Goodall’s “Good for All” brand.
About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in 110 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org
About Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in 110 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org