The 5th Annual Fur Ball Fundraiser - Celebrities & animal lovers show their feline fondness at Kitten Rescue's Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night

On Sunday October 7, the Kitten Rescue organization held their 5th "Annual Fur Ball” fundraiser, “All In For Animals,” which brought out Hollywood stars & animal lovers, who helped show their support by raising funds & awareness at this annual Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night, which took place at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

President of Kitten Rescue, Ben Lehrer

Kitten Rescue President Ben Lehrer & the 2012 Advocate of the Year, Host of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell," Jackson Galaxy Photo: Albert Evangelista

The 5th Annual Fur Ball "All in for Animals' Fundraiser

Celeberity Poker Tournament Photo: Albert Evangelista

This year’s 2012 Advocacy Award went to TV personality Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “Cat From Hell.” Jackson Galaxy also helped co-host the live auction which featured priceless & once in a lifetime experiences, such as the best seats in the house at the TONY award winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” donated by show creator Trey Parker valued at $3,000, which went to actress, Tricia Helfer.

Battlestar Gallactica Actress & Winner of "The Book of Mormon" package valued at $3,000 along with her husband Photo: Albert Evangelista

Actress Tricia Helfer, Brian Magallones & Shauna Galligan

Also, honored at this year’s event was the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Sandra Harrison.

The 2012 "Volunteer of the Year," Sandra Harrison Photo: Albert Evangelista

Guests were greeted by the sounds of DJ Kid Fish in the Avalon Ballroom, as they enjoyed wonderful hors d’oeuvres, cocktails & dinner, while bidding on the silent auction & trying their luck at various casino games including Blackjack, Roulette & Craps for a chance at winning fabulous prizes.

Actor Nestor Serrano & Debbie Serrano Photo: Albert Evangelista

DJ Kid Fish Photo: Albert Evangelista

Dealers at the Roulette Table

Blackjack Table Photo: Albert Evangelista

Craps Table Photo: Albert Evangelista

Silent Auction Photo: Albert Evangelista

Amy Malin of TrueHeart Events & Kitten Rescue President Ben Lehrer

Poker enthusiasts battled it out at the tables where they competed for top prizes which included a week long stay at a beautiful Villa in Forte Dei Marmi, Italy for up to 10 people, donated by Italy’s event planner to the stars, Monica Balli.

Top Celebrity Poker Player & Winner of the week long stay in Italy Prize, Edwin Hodge Photo: Andy Art

Some of this year’s sponsors included: Pretzel Crisps, KIND Snacks, Fabe’s All Natural Bakery, Honest Tea, Vegan Vine wine, Smartwater, TY KU Sake, ZIRH Skincare, Freeze 24/7 Skincare,  Pirate Brands, 20thCentury Fox Entertainment, Wysong Pet Food, Three Olives Vodka, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf  & the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel

Goody Bags! Guests Laura Perloe & friend Photo: Andy Art

Sponsor, Three Olives Vodka Photo: Albert Evangelista

Sponsor Pretzel Chips Photo: Albert Evangelista

Sponsor, Vegan Wine Photo: Albert Evangelista



Kitten Rescue is a Los Angeles based, non-profit organization founded in 1997 & is a volunteer run, no-kill animal rescue, dedicated to saving homeless & abandoned cats & dogs, saving thousands of felines & canines yearly. In addition to a large network of foster homes, Kitten Rescue owns & operates a private Sanctuary & boarding facility in northeast Los Angeles which can house up to 150 cats.

Kitten Rescue also holds weekly adoptions at various locations of Petco, PetSmart & Centinella Feed throughout the Los Angeles area.

Guests Ellyn Stein & Laird Stuart

Guests Tristan Jordan & Joy Parris of Rich Girl Productions & Damien Silberman

Advocate of the Year, TV Host Jackson Galaxy along with myself

Poker Tournament Action Photo: Albert Evangelista

'Leverage' star Aldis Hodge & Guest Photo: Albert Evangelista

One of the many kittens waiting to be rescued thanks to the Kitten Rescue

Kittens waiting to be adopted at the Kitten Rescue

To make sure you attend next year’s Fur Ball & help donate to Kitten Rescue or to rescue your next feline or canine companion today, check out: You can also find them on Facebook at or follow Kitten Rescue on Twitter at @KittenRescue




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