Las Vegas Canine Hero Chosen as Finalist in 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

 

Voters Nationwide Choose Local Canine Hero as Finalist in 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®
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Final Voting Open Now for Nation’s American Hero Dog of the Year
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Sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis Petcare, yearlong contest to culminate in red carpet awards gala and two-hour special on Hallmark Channel

 

“Willow” from Las Vegas, Nevada has won the distinction of being the nation’s top emerging hero dog of the year is now among the seven remarkable canines to have been named finalists in the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®.

America has spoken and following nearly a million votes cast by animal lovers across the country and a celebrity panel of dog lovers and experts, “Willow” from Las Vegas, Nevada has won the distinction of being the nation’s top emerging hero dog of the year is now among the seven remarkable canines to have been named finalists in the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®. The awards gala, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis Petcare, will broadcast as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall.

These heroic canines each took top honors in their individual categories from a field of 266 nominees and now a combination of America’s voters and a panel of celebrity judges will determine which dog will be named the 2018 American Hero Dog. The public is invited to submit one vote per day through September 5 at www.herodogawards.org. The seven finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to take part in the star-studded Hero Dog Awards gala on September 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The seven category winners for 2018 are:

  • EMERGING HERO DOG OF THE YEAR: “Willow” from Las Vegas, Nevada
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT/ARSON DOG OF THE YEAR: “K-9 Flash” from Detroit, Michigan
  • GUIDE/HEARING DOG OF THE YEAR: “Frances” from Staten Island, New York

 

  • MILITARY DOG OF THE YEAR: “Sgt. Fieldy” from McAllen, Texas
  • SEARCH AND RESCUE DOG OF THE YEAR: “Ruby” from East Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • SERVICE DOG OF THE YEAR: “Roxy” from Canton, North Carolina
  • THERAPY DOG OF THE YEAR: “Chi Chi” from Phoenix, Arizona

Over the past eight years, more than 8 million votes have been cast for more than a thousand dogs seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world.

“The American Humane Hero Dog Awards celebrate the tremendously important roles dogs play in our lives,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane president and CEO. “The American public and our special judging panel now have an extraordinarily tough task ahead of them in determining who our top dog will be because all are worthy winners.”

“It is an honor to support an effort to recognize the best of our ‘best friends,’” said philanthropist Lois Pope, who has been the awards’ presenting sponsor for seven years. “From those who defend our country to those who help us heal, guide us, protect us, and help find the lost, every single contender exemplifies the courage and heroism we seek to spotlight in the Hero Dog Awards campaign. Through this national forum we have helped educate America about the lifesaving, life-affirming work of our nation’s canine heroes.”

“So many of our animals are heroes to us in ways both big and small. We at Zoetis Petcare understand this and join American Humane in recognizing and celebrating the remarkable ways in which these special dogs improve – and often even save – lives,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP, Executive Director, Zoetis Petcare Marketing. “We are proud to be the Corporate Sponsor for the Hero Dog Awards and, through our K-9 Courage Program, to also sponsor the Law Enforcement/Arson Dog and Military Dog categories for this important effort to strengthen and unleash the powerful bond between people and animals.”

Below please find additional information about the Hero Dog Awards finalist from Las Vegas, NV, as told by the dog’s owner/handler.

Emerging Hero Dogs category
Willow (Las Vegas, NV) – Willow is a survivor of the South Korean dog meat trade. His owners turned him in to the slaughterhouse because he was old. Neglected, with cut ears, matted hair, a mouth of bad teeth and an infected tongue, he was allowed to be rescued because he “didn’t offer much meat.” He was one of the lucky ones. Arriving in September of 2016, Willow is spreading awareness on social media and making public appearances to educate people on animal welfare topics (including the dog and cat meat trade) through non-traumatic and non-graphic ways, and presenting resources to help more of his four-legged friends. Willow travels internationally in foamboard form and poses with trade survivors. His campaign, “I Am Willow, I Am Not Food” raises flight funds for dogs. He is the mascot for a newly created Animal Rights Club at a local school, helping students advocate for change in the classroom and aiding their school in becoming the first vegan option cafeteria in the State. We are developing educational tools to use in an animal welfare speaking series for schools and conferences. He is also getting therapy dog certification to spread awareness to disabled children through animal-related books/reading programs. Willow is a voice and inspirational leader for millions of animals, not just those subjected to the dog and cat meat trade. People listen, learn and respond to Willow. He is a vehicle for raising awareness. Willow is an EMERGING HERO who will grow that status into something that makes a lifelong paw print in the animal welfare world.

For more information about the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, and to vote daily in the contest, please visit www.herodogawards.org. For more information on sponsorship opportunities email Mari Harner at marih@americanhumane.org or call 1-800-227-4645.

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.

TUNE IN: Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room to be featured on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” on July 18 and 19 at 10 a.m. PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRITY CHEF RICK MOONEN OF RM SEAFOOD AND RX BOILER ROOM TO BE FEATURED ON HALLMARK CHANNEL’S “HOME & FAMILY” ON JULY 18 AND 19 AT 10 A.M. PT

 

Chef Moonen will share a specialty “Christmas in July” recipe

 

Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room, both located at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, will be featured in an upcoming episode of Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” show which airs on July 18 at 10 a.m. PT and July 19 at 10 a.m. PT.

 

On the episode, Chef Rick Moonen will prepare a specialty “Christmas in July” dish. “Home & Family” is hosted by Debbie Matenopoulous and offers viewers advice in the areas of home improvement, parenting, health and fitness. The show originates from the fully functioning New England colonial-style home that was built on the Universal Studios lot, with each room of the house being used to show everything from how to buy a week’s worth of groceries for $100 to growing organic fruits and vegetables. Matenopoulous participates in roundtable discussions with experts from various fields, with celebrities occasionally participating to provide answers for viewers.

 

About Chef Rick Moonen

Nicknamed “The Godfather of Sustainability,” Chef Rick Moonen has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement, bringing national awareness to this subject for the last 20 years. Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood showcases this commitment to sustainability without forgoing culinary creativity and innovation. In 2008, Chef Moonen accomplished a lifelong dream with the publication of his cookbook Fish Without a Doubt: The Essential Cook’s Companion.

 

That same year, his signature Catfish Sloppy Joe was highlighted in Esquire magazine’s “Sandwich Encyclopedia,” prompting a guest spot on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he served the talk show queen his dish and earned the title of “Best Sandwich in America.” In 2009, he was a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Las Vegas, where his restaurant served as the location for the show’s popular “Restaurant Wars” episode. That same year, he was a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and in 2010 was invited back to compete on Top Chef Masters Season 2, where he was runner-up. In January 2011, Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Moonen as “Chef of the Year.”

 

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About Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood

Since opening RM Seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in 2005, Master Chef Rick Moonen brings his expertise to The Strip by offering a unique dining experience with a thoughtful selection of seafood through his delectable dishes. Renowned for his passionate views on sustainable seafood, Chef Moonen creates an experience that features a vast array of flavor combinations designed to exemplify the natural qualities of fresh ingredients. Along with abundant offerings from the sea, the menu includes Wagyu beef, lamb, salads and other unique items such as seared foie gras and chicken san daniele.

 

RM Seafood offers brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and happy hour menus and is open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. To book a reservation or group dining experience, visit RMSeafood.com and call (702) 632-9300.

 

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About Rx Boiler Room
Combining the alchemy of food and drink, Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen showcases his spin on classic comfort food, offering guests a variety of playful creations in small and large plate portions, ideal for a shared dining experience. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the drink menu features an emporium of the finest spirits and innovative libations. Showcasing a playful interior design that defies its new age, Rx Boiler Room offers a modern reflection of the Victorian era, celebrating the steampunk sub-genre often associated with science-fiction and inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.

 

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Billboard Premieres The Oak Ridge Boys’ Latest Video “Pray To Jesus” From Forthcoming New Album ’17th Avenue Revival’

Billboard premieres The Oak Ridge Boys’ latest video “Pray To Jesus” from forthcoming new album 17th Avenue Revival

The Oak Ridge Boys: “Pray To Jesus”

The Oak Ridge Boys Team Up With Grammy Museum For Intimate Performance on February 15th

TV Alert: The Oaks Set To Perform On Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Tomorrow!

The Oak Ridge Boys announce the exclusive premiere of their latest video, “Pray To Jesus,” a song that was originally recorded by its co-writer, Brandy Clark, who was GRAMMY nominated for “Best New Artist” in 2015, at Billboard.com. The new track is included in the Oaks’ forthcoming album, 17th Avenue Revival, available everywhere March 16th on Lightning Rod Records.

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and produced by acclaimed pop/rock producer Dave Cobb, 17th Avenue Revival finds The Oak Ridge Boys returning to their gospel roots. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel.

The Oak Ridge Boys are also set to play the prestigious GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on February 15th, for an intimate conversation and performance spotlighting 17th Avenue Revival. The performance will be hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman.

The Oak Ridge Boys will continue the promotional trail as they make an appearance on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family on February 15th. In addition to providing a little help in the kitchen with hosts Mark Steines & Debbie Matenopoulos, fans can catch a special performance by The Oak Ridge Boys.

 

Tour Schedule:
Feb 16 Cache Creek Casino Resort / Brooks, Calif.
Feb 17 Cactus Petes Resort Casino Gala Showroom / Jackpot, Nev.
Feb 22 Mobile Civic Center Theater / Mobile, Ala.
Mar 01 Florida Strawberry Festival / Plant City, Fla.
Mar 03 Seminole Casino / Immokalee, Fla.
Mar 07 Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, Tenn.
Mar 16 Birchmere / Alexandria, Va.
Mar 17 American Music Theatre / Lancaster, Pa.
Mar 18 Sellersville Theater 1894 / Sellersville, Pa.
Mar 23 Paramount Theatre / Middletown, N.Y.
Mar 24 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center / New Bedford, Mass.
Mar 30 Harvester Performance Center / Rocky Mount, Va.
Mar 31 Harrington Raceway & Casino / Harrington, Del.
Apr 06 Stiefel Theatre / Salina, Ks.
Apr 07 Riverwind Casino / Norman, Okla.
Apr 08 Texan Theater / Greenville, Texas
Apr 13 Newberry Opera House / Newberry, S.C.
Apr 14 Alabama Theatre / North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Apr 20 The Mansion Theater / Branson, Mo.
Apr 21 The Mansion Theater / Branson, Mo.
Apr 22 Oxford Performing Arts Center / Oxford, Ala.
Apr 27 Medina Entertainment Center / Medina, Minn.
Apr 28 The Arcada Theater, Saint Charles, IL
Apr 29 Peoples Bank Theatre / Marietta, Ohio
Apr 30 Packard Music Hall / Warren, Ohio
May 04 Peoples Bank Theatre / Marietta, Ohio
May 05 BMI Speedway / Versailles, Ohio
May 06 Civic Center / Des Moines, Iowa
May 12 Little River Casino Resort / Manistee, Mich.
May 18 del Lago Resort & Casino / Waterloo, N.Y.
May 19 Paramount Theatre / Rutland, VT
May 20 The Cabot / Beverly, Mass.
May 26 Atwood Music Festival / Monticello, Miss.
Jun 01 Beaver Dam Amphitheatre / Beaver Dam, Ky.
Jun 02 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center / Renfro Valley, Ky.
Jun 08-09 Hartville Kitchen / Hartville, Ohio
Jun 16 Porterfield Country Fest / Marinette, Wisc.
Jun 22 Howard County Fair / Cresco, Iowa
Jun 30 Horseshoe Bossier City / Bossier City, La.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

About Billboard Magazine: 
Billboard is the world’s most influential music media brand reaching key executives and tastemakers in and around the music business through Billboard Magazine, Billboard.biz, Billboard Conferences, Billboard Bulletin, and other targeted newsletters, and millions of music fans through Billboard.com and Billboard Events. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Billboard receives hundreds of millions of brand impressions daily through many strategic relationships with major companies across various industries. These relationships leverage Billboard’s brand recognition, proprietary chart data and information resources to develop products, live events and print, television, radio, digital and mobile platforms. In addition to North America, Billboard operates businesses in Brazil, Greece, Japan, Korea and Russia.

About Hallmark Channel:
Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls” and “Frasier.”

About Lightning Rod Records:
Formed in 2007, Lightning Rod Records is a Nashville-based independent record label. Over the last ten years, Lightning Rod has released albums by acclaimed artists such as James McMurtry, Billy Joe Shaver, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Paul Cauthen, and Joe Pug.

Shane Owens To Make His Network Television Debut on Fox & Friends May 28 and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family May 29

SHANE OWENS TO MAKE HIS NETWORK TELEVISION DEBUT ON FOX & FRIENDS MAY 28 AND HALLMARK CHANNEL MAY 29

Owens to Perform Emotional Patriotic Tribute “19” in Honor of Memorial Day

Neo-Traditional country singer, Shane Owens, will make his network television debut on “Fox & Friends” Sunday, May 28 and on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” Monday, May 29. On “Fox & Friends,” Owens will perform his latest single, “All The Beer In Alabama.” Owens will honor Memorial Day in both performances with “19,” an emotional patriotic tribute song off his current album “Where I’m Comin’ From.” Click here to watch an acoustic performance of “19.”

Fox & Friends
May 28 – 8:00 AM (ET)
Fox News Channel (Click here for local listings)

Home & Family
May 29 – 10.00 AM (ET)
Hallmark Channel (Click here for local listings)
Also re-airs May 30 at 1:00 PM (ET)

“19” tells the story of a local football star signing up for the military straight out of high school following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. In the end he pays the ultimate sacrifice as the song describes a life tragically cut short.

But on the day those Twin Towers came down
his whole world turned around
he told them all I can’t play ball there’s a war on now
he marched right in with a few good men
and joined the marines
at nineteen
(Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Gary Nicholson)

“I’m really looking forward to performing on “Fox and Friends” and “Home & Family.” It is truly a dream come true and even more importantly to perform a song as monumental as “19,” which pays tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” says Shane.

Owens album, “Where I’m Comin’ From,” is featured on Amazon’s Best Deals Page. Fans can also purchase an autographed copy from ShaneOwensCountry.com as well as iTunes.

The Alabama-native’s song “19” is featured in the latest Country Faith music series, “Country Faith America” available now. The full-length studio album consisting of country music’s biggest stars and their best patriotic hits exclusively released through Cracker Barrel’s 639 locations as well as digital outlets such as iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify available through Curb Records and Word Entertainment.

Follow Shane Owens on Twitter and Facebook or visit ShaneOwensCountry.com.

About Shane Owens:
Amerimonte Records recording artist, Shane Owens, recently named by Rolling Stone Country as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” has been building a strong following in nightclubs across the Southeast for more than a decade. His powerful vocal range combined with the emotional lyrical content of his songs has made him a favorite of fans, critics, and his fellow artists alike. After starting his career by opening shows for dozens of major stars in the mid-2000s, the baritone performer attracted the attention of Nashville music executives, and he soon landed a record deal. However, with all the changes in the music industry at the time, his album was shelved and never released. Just like the ‘Never Give Up’ mantra of his lyrics, Owens picked himself up and moved on, thanks to famed producer James Stroud (Tim McGraw, Aaron Lewis, Clint Black), who produced his new album, Where I’m Comin’ From with Country music legend Randy Travis and industry executive Steve Popovich, Jr. as executive producers and mixed by Ed Seay (Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Alabama). For more information about Shane Owens, visit ShaneOwensCountry.com.