Petco Foundation to honor Lily Tomlin at 2013 gala

The Petco Foundation will host its fifth annual Hope Gala, 5 p.m., May 18 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.

This year’s event honors comedienne Lily Tomlin for her commitment to animal welfare.

Each year, the Petco Foundation gala recognizes individuals or groups who share the foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life for pets and the people who love and need them. Tomlin will receive the Petco Foundation’s Hope Award, which celebrates the spirit of hope through a life dedicated to promoting the human-animal bond. Past recipients of the annual Hope Award include Ellen DeGeneres and Betty White.

“We’re big fans of Lily, not only for her ability to make us laugh, but also for her dedication to animals,” said Petco Foundation Board President Charlie Piscitello. “We welcome any and all animal lovers, in San Diego and beyond, to join us to honor Lily and enjoy a special evening of fun, learning and making a difference for animals in need.”

A portion of proceeds from the event benefit two nonprofit organizations:

Actors and Others for Animals

and the

Performing Animal Welfare Society

(PAWS), a California-based organization dedicated to protecting performing animals and captive wildlife. Both organizations are near to Ms. Tomlin’s heart and are committed to caring for animals in need and enhancing the human-animal bond.

The Petco Foundation supports more than 8,000 animal-welfare groups across the country.

“I am very touched and honored to receive the Hope Award from the Petco Foundation,” Tomlin said. “Loving and protecting animals should be second nature for all of us, and I will continue to commit my efforts to this important work.”

The black-tie-optional event will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions.

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