Bo Derek To Receive Helen Woodward Animal Center Award

Ceremony set for Thursday, July 19

July 13, 2018

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Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  (July. 13, 2018) – Next Thursday, July 19, 2018, Helen Woodward Animal Center will present Bo Derek with the 2018 “Humane Award.”  The prestigious annual award will be presented in front of an invitation-only group of high-level donors at the private home of a dedicated Center supporter. 

Although Bo Derek is perhaps best known for her breakthrough role in the 1979 film “10,” it is her great dedication to animal welfare that will be celebrated on Thursday. An animal lover and riding enthusiast since childhood, Derek is a spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Institute’s campaign to end horse slaughter through legislation, has been Special Envoy of the Secretary of State for Wildlife Trafficking, and travels the globe on behalf of the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking — a united group of countries working together to fight the $10 billion black market trafficking of endangered species. Ms. Derek served as a commissioner of the California Horse Racing Board between 2008 and 2015, and in that role helped to enhance safety and animal rights in the Thoroughbred industry.  She published her autobiography Riding Lessons: Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses in 2002. Most recently, Derek launched “Bo Derek Pet Care,” a line of shampoos and conditioners for dogs.

The Humane Award is presented annually by Helen Woodward Animal Center President, Mike Arms, to a person or entity that has made a significant positive impact on the animal welfare world – devoting their time, energy, and resources to improving the quality of life for orphaned animals.  Past recipients include Carrie Ann Inaba, Kristen Bell, Diane Keaton, Betty White, Jackson Galaxy, Tippi Hedren, and Linda Blair. 

“We are thrilled to present this year’s Humane Award to someone who has dedicated so many different facets of her life to animal welfare,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms, “Bo Derek is an incredible friend to animals, and we’re honored to call her a friend to Helen Woodward Animal Center.”

For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or the Humane Awards, log on to www.animalcenter.org or stop by in person at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.