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Bernadette Peters
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The 2013 Champion of Animals Award was given to Bernadette Peters. One of Broadway’s brightest stars, multiple Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings. Bernadette devotes her time and talents to numerous events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in addition to her “pet project” Broadway Barks!  Last year, Bernadette received her third Tony, The Isabelle Stevenson Award. This special Tony acknowledges an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre.

Along with good friend Mary Tyler Moore, she co-founded Broadway Barks!, an organization that promotes the adoption of shelter animals. Broadway Barks! has evolved into an event that not only focuses on the plight of homeless animals but has opened the door of communication and fostered a spirit of community among the numerous shelters and rescue groups working throughout the New York City area and beyond. This annual star-studded animal adoption event takes place in New York City’s famed Shubert Alley.

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