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May 11, 2012

On May 26, a Fundraising Art Show and a Fur Free Frenzy

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Dear Friend,

May 26 is shaping up to be a most compassionate day in L.A. We're excited to tell you about two events that Saturday: an art show whose sales benefit Born Free USA, and a "shop-in" that celebrates one of our most energizing events: fur free fashion!

ThinkSpace Art Gallery in Culver City (map) invites you to the opening reception (5 to 8 p.m.) for "Wild at Heart: Keep Wildlife in the Wild," featuring works by more than 100 artists. The exhibition, which runs through June 9, will raise awareness about the precarious predicament of wild creatures around the world and aid efforts to protect them in their natural habitat.

A whopping 20 percent of all artwork sales benefit Born Free USA, and we'll receive all proceeds from a silent auction of donated rare prints from Mark Ryden, Marion Peck and Audrey Kawasaki. After May 26, unsold works can be purchased online.

We are incredibly thankful to ThinkSpace, which has helped us before, for putting together another amazing exhibit that promotes respect and concern for the animal world. We hope you will come out and enjoy the opening reception.

At the opening reception, ThinkSpace will be accepting donations of old blankets to donate to area shelters as well as other used and new pet supplies. Please come with donations in hand!

Meanwhile, compassionate consumers can show their appreciation to West Hollywood for its groundbreaking ban on selling fur apparel by participating in an all-day Fur Free Shop-In. Born Free USA is teaming up with Last Chance for Animals and Fur Free WeHo for the May 26 celebration, in which we'll patronize retailers to show how much we value fur free shopping. Whether you're looking to purchase a new spring wardrobe or buy a cup of coffee at a local café, May 26 is the day to support West Hollywood businesses in person and online. Visit the Facebook page for a handy guide to shopping in "WeHo."

In common cause,

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P.S. Before the Saturday events, you can also join in on Thursday, May 24, when West Hollywood's mayor, Jeffrey Prang, will make an official proclamation of the Fur Free Shop-In at City Hall (map) at 10 a.m.

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