The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) seeks nominations of “courageous female advocates” for an online contest offered as part of the group’s new partnership with the 2010 Lilith Tour, a traveling female megastar music festival that donates much of its proceeds to charities including the ASPCA.
“In the spirit of the tour’s generosity,” the ASPCA explained in a media release, “supporters are encouraged to visit the ASPCA website and, in 300 words or less,” submit a nomination and a photo of someone who has shown “special dedication to combating animal cruelty and pet homelessness.”
The grand prize winner gets a guitar autographed by artists performing in the Lilith Fair tour.
This year’s acts include hit-makers such as tour cofounder and longtime ASPCA supporter Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Queen Latifah, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Carly Simon, and many more.
“Since its inception, Lilith Fair has become an important symbol of strength and compassion,” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “We recognize the value of having such compassion and kindness in our society, and we are thrilled to be working with the Lilith Fair and Sarah to honor so many heroic women.”
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Katerina Lorenzatos Makris (a.k.a. Kathryn Makris), author of 18 books for major publishers and hundreds of articles, holds a B.A. in Environmental Science Studies and a lifelong interest in animal issues. She is a co-founder of AnimalBeat.org.
Among her books are Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know about Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press), coauthored with Shelley Frost, and The Eco-Kids, a series of novels for tweens (Avon Books).
Her story Small Change placed as a finalist in The Bark magazine’s short fiction contest and will be published this year.
She may be reached at [email protected]