Jeff, this is all great! Will it go to our ladies at WWL-tv and the Times-Picayune?
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Subject: [humanesociety-54] NOLA Veggie Fest Big Success!
May 20, 2009
News Update:�� For Immediate Use
Contact Person:�� Jeff Dorson, HSL Director,[masked]
1st Annual NOLA Veggie Fest Big Success!
(New Orleans) - - More than 500 people attended the inaugural New Orleans Veggie Fest, which was held on Sunday, May 17th, at Cafe Bamboo, located on Esplanade, near the French Quarter. To handle and help feed the large crowd, Tomatillos Restaurant, located next to Cafe Bamboo, offered special vegan and vegetarian dishes throughout the day. The festival, sponsored by the Humane Society of Louisiana, highlighted national and local speakers on topics that ranged from the treatment of animals on factory farms, and soil erosion and deforestation associated with farm production, to the benefits of a healthy meat-free or meat-reduced diet.�� The festival also offered free samples of vegan products from more than 40 vendors from around the country and plenty of books, literature and pamphlets on the subjects of vegan (a meat- and dairy-free diet) and vegetarianism (a meat-, fowl-, and fish-free diet).
News of the inaugural festival picked up momentum during the last few days of the event, when people from around the country and even overseas said that they would attend the event in 2010.�� "We were surprised and delighted by the response," says Jeff Dorson, Director of the Humane Society.�� "Even during the downpours we experienced throughout the day, we had entire families show up and thank us for putting on the event," says Dr. Leslie Brown, festival spokesperson and Northshore pediatrician, who has been a vegan for the past eight months. The Humane Society of Louisiana, in cooperation with the year-old New Orleans Vegetarian Society, plan on holding several vegetarian-themed mini-festivals, lecture and films series, and special events throughout the year, all leading up to next year's Veggie Fest.
The funds raised from the event will be used to help support the group's animal cruelty and prevention programs and the maintenance of the organization's animal sanctuary, the Dixieland Animal Care and Evacuation Center, located in Tylertown, Mississippi, two hours northeast of New Orleans.�� Those interested in learning more about a vegetarian diet may join the New Orleans Vegetarian Society or contact the Humane Society of Louisiana by calling[masked]-humane.�� Speakers are also available throughout the year to speak on vegetarianism and related subjects.
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