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Nov 20 | Posted by: Susie's Hope

Susie, The American Humane Association 2014 American Hero Dog

Set to Dress for Palm Beach Event as Special Guest


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 18, 2014)—“Susie,” of the motion picture film Susie’s Hope (High Point, NC) and the American Humane Association 2014 American Hero Dog, has accepted a special invitation to attend one of Palm Beach, Florida’s most extraordinary charity events of the season.


Following the personal invitation of Mrs. Lois Pope, Susie and owner, Donna Lawrence, will join a remarkable list of celebrity guests and dignitaries to attend the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation’s 21st Annual Lady In Red Gala: A Night In Shanghai. The event is co-chaired by Mrs. Pope, Dr. Robert Mackler, Patrick Park and Lola Astanova and will be held Saturday evening, December 6, 2014, at the Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach, FL. Presented by LIFE (Leaders In Furthering Education), proceeds from the event will benefit LIFE’s partnership with the American Humane Association to protect the voiceless and the vulnerable in our society. As honored guests, Susie and Donna will join Pope and friends who share the passion to protect children and animals.


“This invitation leaves me breathless,” said Susie’s Hope founder Donna Lawrence. “Attending an event such as this is not only a fairy tale dream come true, but a dream come true in our mission to join individuals with the same sincerity and heartfelt desire that we have to become a voice for those who have none. We are truly honored. This will be a forever-in-a-lifetime memory.”


Lois Pope is one of America’s leading philanthropists and animal enthusiasts. The founder of Leaders In Furthering Education (LIFE) and The Lois Pope Life Foundation, she has partnered with American Humane Association to support its nationwide mission to protect children and animals and unleash the potential of the bond between people and animals to the mutual benefit of both. The American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses.


Susie—the beloved Pit Bull mix who was beaten, burned and left for dead as a puppy and has since become the voice to change animal cruelty laws in her home state (North Carolina)—was recently honored with the top “American Hero Dog” title at the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, held in September and presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation.  The annual, nationally televised event is organized each year to spotlight and recognize the achievements of ordinary dogs doing extraordinary things.


“Susie and Donna are living proof that we can achieve the goals set before us and that we can make a difference,” said Lois Pope.  “We are very pleased they will be with us at the Gala.”


The 2014 LIFE 21st Annual Lady In Red Gala: A Night In Shanghai event is sponsored by American Humane Association, Braman Motorcars, Tiffany & Co., Wells Fargo Advisors, Clientele Beauty and Hoffman Chocolates.  Previous Lady In Red guests have included Naomi Judd, Jay Leno and Donald Trump. Martin Short is slated to host the 2014 event; Melania and Donald Trump are honorary chairs. LIFE's 21st Annual "Lady in Red" Gala is by invitation only.  To request an invitation or for more information, please call LIFE at 561.582.8083 or visit www.life-edu.org.


The “Susie/Donna” story is told through the new motion picture film entitled Susie’s Hope. Donna is Executive Producer (alongside Eve Roser, Vice President, Susie's Hope) and Susie portrays herself. The film made its world broadcast television premiere on UPtv (August 2014) and the DVD is available via SusiesHope.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to Susie’s Hope Foundation and American Humane Association.

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Susie's Law 

Senator Don Vaughan sponsored Senate Bill 254, Susie’s Law, which would allow for tougher sentencing for those convicted of animal abuse. Its House counterpart was HB 1690. The proposed bills elevated the Al misdemeanor to a Class H felony and required giving an active prison sentence.  On June 16, 2010, North Carolina legislators determined that anyone who tortures, starves or kills an animal will face jail time. Susie’s Law passed in the House, and the Senate voted 47–0 to give final approval to the law. On June 23, 2010, Governor Bev Perdue signed the new animal cruelty law—Susie's Law.  For more information, visit: http://www.ncvaw.org/susie.


Susie's Hope 

Susie’s Hope™ is a nonprofit organization formed to foster awareness surrounding the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end the tragic epidemic by providing education to people of all ages.  In a team effort, Donna and Susie visit schools, churches and organizations, and attend pet adoption fairs and fundraisers to motivate and educate people. The life-like Susie’s Plush animals with embroidered scars (carried by Toys & Company) serve as a nurturing social and educational tool. Donna is the author of three children’s books; she has published the children’s picture books: “Susie’s Miracle (The Inspiration Behind Susie’s Law);” “The Miracle Of Susie (The Puppy That Changed The Law)” and “Susie’s Tale (Hand With Paw, We Changed The Law).”  [Paws and Claws Publishing, LLC]  Proceeds from retail book sales help to fund the Susie’s Hope Foundation.  For more information, visit: http://www.susieshope.com.




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