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Peta’s 35th Anniversary Gala!

I had the most wonderful time at PETA’s 35th Anniversary Gala last week. The event was fantastic! PETA did a really great job. The room was filled with such warmth. Everyone couldn’t help but comment on how special the vibe was: friendly, happy, passionate…  It was unlike any other awards event. Being surrounded by such motivated and compassionate allies is incredibly powerful and glow-y!

Even to those who weren’t full on veg, the inspiration was contagious. Seth Green (we worked together long ago on Scooby-Doo 2) mentioned how he was wasn’t as familiar with veganism and PETA’s mission, but throughout the night became so inspired and moved that he wants to get more involved. How cool is that.

Another highlight was the footage PETA showed. We saw footage of James Cromwell going into corporations and getting arrested. Then, of Lisa Lange (PETA’s senior vp) getting dragged away and also, arrested! Very moving to me. I met Lisa some 23 years ago, and after one of our meetings 17 years ago went vegan.


Here’s a recap of this special evening:


Spending the night with my parents!


It was incredibly nice to see Anjelica Huston. We almost did a movie together once.. She is a Goddess! So elegant, graceful, grounded, and just oozes real womanhood. We had a couple of really nice moments together.


I saw my dear friend Mike White. It was so nice to catch up with him. While reminiscing, he mentioned he was pretty positive that I was the one who turned him vegan! So sweet.


Our dinner for the night… The Gardein scallopini was delicious!


I got to see Summer Phoenix again -she is very cool. The Phoenix family was there to present the River Phoenix Award. It was pretty darn cute to see the whole family presenting together. When I was 15 years old on the set of The Crush (the first film I ever did!), I told the makeup artist, “I’m going to marry River Phoniex when I’m older..” Sadly, I never got to meet him, but I am grateful I had the honor of being in the presence of his awesome family!


I caught up with my girl Kathy Freston. It is always so nice to see her!!

Kathy Freston

I love seeing George Lopez. It’s always such great vibes!PETA

So many other wonderful re-connections! I got to talk with Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s president and co-founder, backstage. I hadn’t spoke to her in so long, it was lovely. I accepted an award with Tommy Lee, who is super cute and fun. Emily Deschanel was seated at my table, she is so sweet and beautiful!! I got to catch up with the wonderful Molly Shannon- she couldn’t be a nicer woman. She brought her son! I also got to connect with Tal Ronnen, John Salley, Moby, and many more! Thank you PETA for bring us all together, truly.


And then… Paul McCartney and Beck performed! Since my parents came (and they’re originally from the UK,) seeing this performance really took them back to the teenage years, when The Beatles just hit the charts!

Paul McCartney

Thank you PETA for your 35 years of activism for the animals: the huge changes you have initiated and immense awareness you have shed!


Photo Credit: PETA, Paul McCartney, Kathy Freston, Getty Images


  • D.Roc

    Hi, Alicia! Chicago is hosting the 7th annual Veganmania tomorrow! You should come sometime to see how the midwest rocks vegan! Thank you for all you do!

  • Rhonda

    Thank you Alicia for sharing the 35th PETA anniversary. They have done some amazing work for animals, and though they are not perfect (has anyone known a perfect group or person?) I appreciate their efforts and so do the animals that PETA brings awareness too.

  • Luna Tec

    I would LOVE to have been there. Ingrid Newkirk has pretty much single-handedly brought veganism to the mainstream. And I love that she didn’t wait until she was vegan to get started either. That woman is a hero in my eyes and she is one of the 5 I’d like to have at my dinner table. Along with Jeshua, the Buddha and Einstein. 😀 😀

  • Shelly Brown

    Oh my goodness. What a special event! Down the street from my old Hollywood cabana!! I would have been there if I was in town. I cannot believe how cool that looks. YAY PETA!!! And your parents are too adorable with their shades on!! I love them. Thanks for sharing the photos and notes. Made me feel like I was there!!!

  • C. Blake

    Looks like fun Alicia. I bet you had a good time. I thought Kathy was Jaclyn Smith until I read the post.
    Anyway, I was inspired by your permaculture post a few years back (hard to believe it’s been that long since the kind life came out) and I visited the Heatcote intentional community in Freeland Maryland. It was their 50th anniversary and I learned so much. They are part of the School of Living. I didn’t realize how many intentional communities there are. The people at Heathcote were so nice and we had great food. The whole schedule for the anniversary celebration and all about Heathcote is on their website I also learned about other sites like (The Fellowship for Intentional Communities) and Juji there is a midwife and nurse. Thanks for posting about permaculture. I really enjoyed my experience there. I have some pics and videos posted on my Facebook page Clinton Blake Squitieri/Facebook

  • Scotlyn O’Daniel

    The pics are great and what a wonderful ensemble of beautiful people coming together for such an event. It was a sad day when River Phoenix died. Glad his family was there to present the award and to refresh his memory in others. Thanks for sharing the pics and side-notes.

  • broken1

    Wow, what a great night to be vegan. Man, I wish I could have been there.