BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With Awards Season coming to an end, the red carpet was rolled out for its grand finale to welcome the brightest, most fashionable, and furriest, four-legged stars at the annual "Makeovers for Mutts" gala fundraiser, hosted by Dr. Davis B. Nguyen, benefiting Much Love Animal Rescue. This year Dr. Nguyen and Much Love paid tribute to animal lover and activist, Maria Menounos, host of Extra!. The red carpet event took place Thursday, March 14th at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Renowned for providing stunning makeovers for his patients, Dr. Davis B. Nguyen put the same heart and passion in bringing positive change for critters in need, by hosting the gala in which proceeds benefited Much Love Animal Rescue, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of abused and abandoned animals in city shelters throughout Los Angeles.
"I am pleased to partner with such a worthy organization to help these neglected animals get a second chance," stated Dr. Nguyen. "Since I was introduced to Much Love by several of my patients, I have learned how pervasive the problem is and how important it is to extend our reach to save as many animals as possible."
The event, which started out as Dr. Nguyen's holiday party, has grown to become Much Love's primary fundraiser enjoyed by nearly five hundred community supporters. Each year, Dr. Nguyen chooses to honor someone who has demonstrated a strong commitment to animals and has made a difference in their lives. This year he was pleased to honor Maria Menounos, host of Extra!, for her on-going dedication to rescuing animals and ensuring they are loved and cared for. "Rescuing abandoned animals has been my part-time job in L.A. I have rescued and adopted many homeless dogs and have always fallen in love with each of them," shared Menounos "I would like to thank Dr. Nguyen's 'Makeovers for Mutts' and Much Love Animal Rescue for this honor. I hope that I can continue to make a difference and bring awareness to this cause."
The event boasted a star-studded red carpet of beautifully made-over pups, dressed in the latest designs by Lyric Culture, alongside a host of Hollywood's animal-loving celebrities including Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars), Lori Loughlin (90210), Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth), Christian Serratos (Twilight), Courtney Robertson (The Bachelor), and TV personality Brittny Gastineau, amongst many others.
Guests made donations and participated in silent and live auctions on items such as an all-inclusive trip to Mexico courtesy of Palace Resorts, Chanel designer goods, Kyoko Kobayashi fine jewelry, an all-inclusive trip to Bora Bora courtesy of the Hilton Bora Bora Nui, as well as items donated by Rihanna, Motley Crue, LL Cool J, and shows like "Parks and Recreation" and "Once Upon a Time". Attendees were treated to music, vegetarian delicacies, Makeover "Mutt-inis", and a ceremony, which presented Menounos with the Much Love "Golden Heart" Award in tribute to her ongoing efforts for animal rescue and advocacy. Donors contributing five hundred dollars or more in support of Much Love received certificates for cosmetic makeovers, courtesy of Dr. Nguyen.
ABOUT Much Love Animal Rescue – Much Love Animal Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that rescues abandoned and abused animals from Los Angeles area shelters. 100% of the funds raised from events like "Makeover for Mutts" go directly toward the animals' care. Since 1999, Much Love Animal Rescue has rescued and found homes for more than 3000 animals.
ABOUT Dr. Davis B. Nguyen -- Dr. Nguyen is dual Board Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He currently practices in Beverly Hills, California where he focuses on the specialty of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He graduated from the University of California (UCLA), Summa Cum Laude, attended medical school at The University of Rochester as a Whipple Scholarship recipient, completed a research fellowship in General Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and conducted his surgical residency at Yale University. He also completed a facial plastic surgery fellowship with Dr. Frank Kamer under the direction of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is an instructor at the USC School of Medicine and has presented several papers at both national and international surgical conferences.
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