Hero Dog Roselle Owner and New York Times #1 Bestselling Author Michael Hingson to Judge 2012 AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION


Star-studded Gala October 6th at the Beverly Hilton
Celebrity Judges Include Whoopi Goldberg, Miranda Lambert, Victoria Stilwell,
Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Candy Spelling and Kristin Bauer Van Straten

Number one New York Times bestselling author and blind 9/11 survivor, Michael Hingson will appear as guest judge for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton hotel located at 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Hingson, owner of Roselle, who was posthumously named 2011 American Hero Dog Award Winner for her heroic service on September 11, 2001, will help select the 2012 American Hero Dog award winner with fellow celebrity judges: Whoopi Goldberg, Miranda Lambert, Victoria Stilwell, Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Candy Spelling and Kristin Bauer Van Straten.

Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast nationwide on Hallmark Channel, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ are produced by Emmy® award winning MRB Productions and seek to identify and recognize America’s Hero Dogs. Dogs are nominated in eight categories: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for pets). Finalists in each category will be selected through online voting by the American public and judged by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of both celebrities and animal experts, to determine the winning American Hero Dog. For more information visit: www.herodogawards.org <http://www.herodogawards.org/>

Guide dog Roselle worked fearlessly as a team with Michael Hingson to guide him and countless others down 1463 steps to safety from tower one of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Roselle held AHA’s top honor as American Hero Dog for 2011 and now her owner, Michael Hingson will help guide the selection of her successor. In countless speaking engagements, feature articles, television and radio appearances Hingson has shared Roselle’s story of trust and teamwork as Ambassador for AHA’s Hero Dogs throughout 2012. For more information visit: www.michaelhingson.com <http://www.michaelhingson.com>

Event Details
Mr. Hingson will be present and available for interviews

  • Date: Saturday, October 6th
  • Location: Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • Time: Red Carpet begins 5:30 p.m., Gala dinner 7:00 p.m., Hero Dog Awards Live Production 8:00 p.m.-10 p.m., After Party 10:00 p.m.-Midnight
  • Tickets: For ticket information visit: www.herodogawards.org <http://www.herodogawards.org>

About Michael Hingson
Michael Hingson in an internationally acclaimed speaker and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero and Thunder Dog the film to be released September 2013 by My Three Sons Films. Hingson is national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign and founder of “Roselle's Dream Foundation,” which provides assistive technologies to blind children and adults. For more information visit: www.michaelhingson.com <http://www.michaelhingson.com>

About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only charity dedicated to protecting children and animals. Since 1877 the organization has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable, including children, pets and farm animals. 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 www.americanhumane.org <http://www.americanhumane.org> today. 


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