Photos: Actor Anthony Anderson and Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrate New Books, Pet Food Line and More

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“Green Grass” carpet event recognized American Humane Association Hero Dog Award nominees, Sergeant Michael Malarsie and his dog Xxon

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On Wednesday, July 23 Actor Anthony Anderson, star of the upcoming shows Black-ish on ABC and Food Network’s Eating America, joined Chicken Soup for the Soul® at The Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino to celebrate the launch of its newest titles, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? by Amy Newmark.


Anderson greeted guests as he arrived to the party, cracking jokes while making his way to a VIP (Very Important Pet Lovers) “green grass” carpet. He posed for photos with excited fans as well as Chicken Soup for the Soul executives. Anderson and Newmark stopped to chat about their collaboration on an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book that will spotlight the power of forgiveness. He mentioned that he will not only write the foreword but also help gather the heart-warming stories for which the brand is renowned and write his own anecdotal piece.


Anderson stopped for a special photo with Staff Sergeant Michael Malarsie and his service dog Xxon. The duo has been selected to represent the Chicken Soup for the Soul sponsored “Guide & Hearing Dog” category at The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards on September 27. After being blinded and wounded in combat, Sergeant Malarsie met Xxon who helped him return to work as the only blind Airman serving active duty in the Air Force. Anderson took the time to thank them for their service and congratulate them on the nomination.


The event also commemorated the company’s participation at SuperZoo 2014, showcasing the brand’s signature pet food line. As guests mixed, mingled and took in The Foundation Room’s unrivaled view of the Las Vegas Strip, they enjoyed “Barktinis” and gourmet fare created with Chicken Soup for the Soul’s delectable line of soups and sauces.


Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet CEO Chris Mitchell spoke about the brand’s current projects including an upcoming feature film and a new TV show titled, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food & Family. The show will air on PBS beginning August 9.


“Chicken Soup for the Soul is about sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness,” said Newmark. “Whether it’s our books, pet food line or other exciting projects, we incorporate these values into everything we do.”


Closing out the festivities, Anderson and Newmark took time to sign copies of the new books and chat with attendees. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? can be pre-ordered at your favorite bookseller and available in stores August 19.

Actor Anthony Anderson Joins Chicken Soup For The Soul To Celebrate Its Latest Book Titles, Pet Food Line And More


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About Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable books in the last quarter-century. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 20 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to delight readers and fans with new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore. Its high quality products include wholesome and balanced pet food that recognizes the unique relationship between pets and people, a line of delicious, nutritious food, that makes it easier to bring people together around the table for healthy meals, as well as movies, television, licensed gifts, and a host of digital offerings, all of which are inspired by stories.  Chicken Soup for the Soul is “changing the world one story at a time®”.  For more information, visit



American Humane Association – Lights of Compassion Weekend with Lisa Vanderpump and Frankie Moreno



“Lights of Compassion” weekend honoring Congressman Joe Heck, Wayne Newton,
“Real Housewives” star Lisa Vanderpump, and Mrs. Howard Hughes, and starring Frankie Moreno,
NBC anchors Jim Snyder and Jessica Moore, and Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Carol Connors
to raise funds for American Humane Association, local animal rescue, and Wags4Warriors

Fashion show at Bellagio and Great Gatsby-themed benefit at a private
Anthem Country Club estate underscores that compassion is always in style

During the weekend of May 17-18, some of Las Vegas’ leading lights will be turning up the city’s already dazzling star wattage to make life a bit brighter for those in need. A star-studded collection of public figures, philanthropists, entertainers, and television and movie stars are coming together in a constellation of compassion to raise funds for American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization, local animal rescue efforts, and wounded warriors who need the healing care of a therapy dog.

On Friday, May 17 the “Lights of Compassion” weekend will kick off with an Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show at Bellagio to demonstrate that compassion is always in fashion. Guests will be treated to a fabulous lineup of adult, child and even animal models showing off Elie Tahari and Fifi and Romeo creations during an elegant afternoon showcasing the talents of Las Vegas “Headliner of the Year” Frankie Moreno, star of “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Lisa Vanderpump with her dog Giggy, and two-time Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Carol Connors. Paul Mitchell The School – Las Vegas will be donating hair and makeup services for talent.

On Saturday, May 18 Bruce and Barbara Lee Woollen will host a Great Gatsby-themed gala at their Anthem Country Club estate in Henderson. The evening will feature elegantly clad ladies and tuxedoed gentlemen, classic cars provided by Jim and Beverly Rogers’ Sunbelt Classic and Antique Automobile Museum, exquisite jewelry from the Hollywood Collection of Kazanjian of Beverly Hills, entertainment by Frankie Moreno, renowned concert pianist Lola Astanova and classical guitarist Eric Castro, a live and silent auction, and lively emceeing by NBC-TV anchors Jim Snyder and Jessica Moore. A roster of VIPs will be honored, including U.S. Congressman Joe Heck, who has been active in veterans’ affairs, Wayne Newton, Lisa Vanderpump, Mrs. Howard Hughes (actress Terry Moore), and Christine Robinson CEO of Las Vegas’ The Animal Foundation.

Proceeds from both events will establish a disaster preparedness program for the rescue of animals in Nevada and American Humane Association’s Wags4Warriors program benefitting our military veterans through the healing power of animal-assisted therapy.

Tickets for the May 17 Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show are $150 each. Individual tickets for the Gatsby Gala are $350. Sponsorships with VIP seating and features in the program, as well as program advertising are available. Tickets and sponsorships are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

For tickets or more information, please call 866-242-1877 or email

American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert said, “We are immensely grateful to Bruce and Barbara Lee Woollen, Congressman Heck and his lovely wife Lisa, Jim Snyder and Jessica Moore, Frankie Moreno, Lisa Vanderpump, Terry Moore, Carol Connors, and the many talented stars who are coming together to raise funds to brighten the lives of those in the greatest need. Thank you!”

Dinner Chair Barbara Lee Woollen said, “Each year, American Humane Association works to protect more than 400 million children and animals, and helps our nation’s military families cope with the impact of service. We cannot think of a more worthy cause to support and ask for our friends and the entire Las Vegas community to support their work here in Nevada, across the country, and around the world. You’ll be supporting an important cause while enjoying a wonderful evening.”

Dinner Chairs: Bruce and Barbara Lee Woollen

Host Committee:  Jaki Baskow, Bob Benzo, Lisa Bobak, Mayor Andy A. Hafen, Eileen Hayes, Congressman Joe Heck and Lisa Heck, Dorothy Huffey, Sally Kimball, Christian W. Kolberg, Jeanne Marie Korn, Ken and Dianne Merkey, Cheryl Purdue, David Rangel, Laurence Ring, Esq. and Caren Caty, PhD, Jim and Beverly Rogers

About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. 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. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at  today.

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Photos: James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Held At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Earlier this week (Tuesday, May 15), The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill hosted a stop on The Celebrity Chef Tour benefitting the James Beard Foundation. The exclusive dinner featured a collaborative menu by acclaimed chefs Bruce & Eric Bromberg (Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto) with the help of Jennifer Puccio of Park Tavern in San Francisco and Clayton Arakawa (Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Resort Hawaii).

Well-known dining entrepreneurs and chefs attended the event including Julie and Rick Moonan of RM Seafood and Celebrity Chef Tour President Jeff Black. Prior to dinner, guests dined on passed appetizers such as Ahi Poisson Cru, Oyster Tempura and Foie Gras Wontons. Main course offerings consisted of Lobster Salad; Toshi Special; Ribs, Wings & Rice; Shoyu and Sake Braised Pork Belly; and Meat and Potatoes. The evening was capped off with a dessert of Ginger Bread Pudding and Chateau Ste Michelle Late Harvest Riesling.

Sponsors were comprised of the American Humane Association, Chase Family Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Creekstone Farms, Domaine Serene, Forever Cheese, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Leidy’s, Rain Crow Ranch, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Hawaiian Hog Incorporated, Springer Mountain Farms, Wüsthof, Mercedes-Benz, Stella Artois and Visa Signature.

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Credit: © Ben Garcia/ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas