Born Free USA Presents “A Celebration of Wildlife” Fundraising Event for U.S. Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is hosting a major fundraising event, “A Celebration of Wildlife,” on Thursday, September 27, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at Joao – West Hollywood Bar at The Jeremy.

The event will raise money to support Born Free USA’s Primate Sanctuary in south Texas, the largest primate sanctuary in the United States, and the organization’s ongoing campaigns to protect wildlife from the illegal wildlife trade, trophy hunting, captivity, the fur industry, and trapping and to defend the Endangered Species Act.

“Animals are threatened on many fronts,” said Born Free USA interim CEO Angela Grimes. “The illegal wildlife trade, trapping, trophy hunting, the fur industry, and captivity – as well as attempts to weaken legal protections for endangered species – make the work of Born Free USA more urgent than ever. But, despite these ongoing challenges, there is a growing movement of compassionate conservationists who recognize the need for us humans to protect animals and put an end to their suffering and exploitation. The generous support of this community allows us to keep up the fight with our advocacy, litigation, and lobbying efforts.”

“A Celebration of Wildlife” will be hosted by actress Abigail Spencer (All My Children, Rectify) and entertainment executive Mike Fisher. Charity Angels founder Mellisa Nielsen will run the live and silent auction. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will also be available.

Will Travers OBE, president and co-founder of Born Free, will be the event’s keynote speaker. Travers established the Born Free Foundation (UK) in 1984 with his parents Virginia McKenna OBE and the late Bill Travers OBE, who starred in the 1966 Academy Award®-winning film Born Free. He has dedicated his life to wildlife issues and co-founded Born Free USA in the United States in 2002 to bring the message of compassionate conservation to a global audience. 

Guests may register online for “A Celebration of Wildlife” for a suggested donation of $100. For more information and to RSVP, visit

The online auction started on September 13 and runs until September 27. Visit to browse auction items and bid.  

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