Heifer International to Host Third Annual “Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table” Gala to Help End World Hunger and Poverty

Los Angeles, California

Annual Event to Honor Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush,
Annie Griffiths, Diane Lane, and Ian Somerhalder

LOS ANGELES, July 22, 2014 – Heifer International will host its third-annual Beyond Hunger: “A Place at the Table” gala on August 22, 2014, at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in Beverly Hills. The event seeks to support and empower marginalized women and honor those who work to raise awareness of the world’s poor and hungry. 

This year Heifer will recognize with the Noble Globe acclaimed chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio and award-winning screenwriter and director Lori Silverbush, renowned photographer Annie Griffiths, Oscar nominee Diane Lane, and actor Ian Somerhalder. The Noble Globe is given to Heifer supporters who act as citizens of the world, seeking to bring dignity and hope to those affected by environmental degradation and poverty.

Ann Rose
Ann Rose, keynote speaker at the 2014 Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table.

Ann Rose, a farmer who has received support from Heifer International and who has become a staple in the farming and local foods community in North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Beyond Hunger event. Diane Lane will speak about her experiences visiting Heifer’s work in Rwanda and Guatemala.

“Beyond Hunger is an opportunity to honor our friends and supporters while shining a light on women farmers of the world,” said Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International. “Women are the backbone of smallholder farming communities. By empowering them to become active leaders and helping them access improved tools, training and livestock, we will help end world hunger.”

Those in attendance will enjoy the evening’s menu created by trend-setting celebrity chef Cat Cora. The event will be co-hosted by Ty Burrell, Ben Cohen, Geena Davis, Jon and Kirsten Heder, Steven and Trevi Sawalich and Diane Lander-Simon. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Heifer’s mission to end hunger, poverty and care for the Earth.

In 2014, Heifer International celebrates 70 years of working with smallholder farmers. Since 1944, International has assisted more than 20.7 million families — 105.1 million people. Families are trained in eco-friendly agriculture and how to properly care for their livestock and living assets, to improve not only their lives, but their communities as well.

In turn, Heifer families agree to “Pass on the Gift®” by presenting the first female offspring of their gifted livestock–and the training in its care–to another family in the community. This not only multiplies the impact of the original gift, it allows a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in their community’s sustainable development.

This year’s dinner committee is comprised of an outstanding list of prominent entertainment figures, including: Ed Asner, Jeff Bridges, Mehcad Brooks, Colbie Caillat, Cat Cora, David Cross and Amber Tamblyn, Sheryl Crow, Carson Daly, Amanda Fuller, Johnny Hanson, Ed and Amy Harris, Patricia Heaton and David Hunt, Nina Jacobson, Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop, Ryan Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Lucy Schwartz, Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson, Ashley Stone, DeAngelo Williams and Josh Zuckerman.

The event is sponsored by Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Starkey Hearing Technologies.

To purchase tickets to the event, please visit www.heifer.org/beyondhungerla.

About Heifer International:
Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit
www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call 1-888-5HUNGER (888-548-6437).