On Saturday, August 28, EarthSave reps attended a gala evening where we received a generous donation to support our Meals For Health program!
The event -- held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium -- was a celebration of the 5th anniversary of Supreme Master TV, an international, non-profit channel focusing on programs inspiring peace, and highlighting examples of excellence in humanity. Supreme Master TV advocates for vegetarianism, eco-living, and the welfare of animals.
The organization was founded by Supreme Master Ching Hai, who is also the innovator of the Loving Hut vegan restaurant group, the largest vegan restaurant chain in the world.
The star-studded evening featured numerous celebrities and supporters of vegetariamism, such as Ed Begley Jr., Cloris Leachman, Shirley Jones, Dick Van Patten, Grant Aleksander, Kristin Baur, Elaine Hendrix, and Halyley Marie Norman.
The evening featured the debut of a musical called The Real Love -- inspired by the extraordinary story of Supreme Master Ching Hai, founder and spiritual leader of Supreme Master TV. Music in the show came from Oscar-winning composers Bill Conti, Al Kasha, Don Pippin, Doug Katsaros and 2-time Grammy winner David Shire.
The stunning cast of 37 guest stars and a 21-piece orchestra brought the Broadway-style musical to life, and filled the symphony hall with love, light and laughter.
Famed singer-songwriter Don MacLean also performed during the gala event, singing his hit songs such as American Pie and Vincent.
On hand to join in the celebration and express EarthSave's gratitude for the donation were EarthSave founder, John Robbins, and EarthSave CEO, Jeff Nelson.
Here is a shot of Jeff and John onstage, John addressing the audience of 3,000 attendees; Jeff hanging onto the oversized copy of the $35,000 check for EarthSave!
The donation was in fact a personal gift to EarthSave from Supreme Master Ching Hai herself, who watched the event from Europe via video link, and appeared live via video on a large screen onstage to present the donations, and briefly address the audience.
Several other organizations also each received a $35,000 donation from Supreme Master Ching Hai during the evening, including Greenpeace, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way Worldwide, ChildHelp and the Environmental Media Association. Supreme Master Ching Hai donated a total of $210,000 during the evening to aid the work of these worthy non-profit organizations.
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It was a magical and unforgettable event.
EarthSave wants to express its gratitude to Supreme Master Ching Hai and her organization for their support of our Meals For Health program -- and for all the good work they do to promote peace and encourage veganism.
To learn more about Supreme Master TV and enjoy their broadcasts -- which appear on cable and TV around the world and in 60 languages -- visit their website: SupremeMasterTV.com
You can also watch a video wrap-up of the August 28 celebration evening in Pasadena, featuring clips from performances and events of that evening. To view video, click here.