Win a Date with America’s Golden Girl and Favorite Animal Lover Betty White
Ever wonder what it would be like to share an evening of witty banter with America’s Golden Girl Betty White? Now is your opportunity. Through an eBay auction, fans can bid to be Betty White’s guest at the Morris Animal Foundation Gala of HOPE, An Evening with Betty White in Los Angeles in October.
Our guest today is Dr. David Haworth, President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation to tell us about the Gala of HOPE and your chance to win a date with Betty! Bidding for “Win a Date with Betty” will start at $1,500. Click here and start bidding!.
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David Haworth, DVM, PhD, joined Morris Animal Foundation as its president and CEO in 2011. David has a diversity of experiences that include corporate partnership development, veterinary research, nonprofit oversight and clinical practice. He was the director of global alliances for Pfizer Animal Health from 2008 to 2011 and held various other positions with the organization, including director of clinical development at Pfizer Veterinary Medicine Research & Development from 2000 to 2008. While at Pfizer he was also on the board of directors for the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Prior to that, he was an associate veterinarian at a small animal and emergency clinic in Washington State. David received his bachelor of science in biology from the College of William & Mary and his doctor of veterinary medicine and doctorate of philosophy from Colorado State University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center. He and his wife, Claudia, have two children, Connor and Alaina, and a Labrador, Bella.
Betty White was born January 17 in Oak Park, Illinois, and moved to Los Angeles with her parents when she was 2 years old. She later graduated from Beverly Hills High School.
Her acting career began with small parts on radio shows, which led to her first television role in 1949. Her first big break was joining Al Jarvis on a local television show that broadcast live six days a week for six hours a day. In 1952, Betty won her first Emmy Award for “Life With Elizabeth,” the first comedy series produced by the production company she formed with producer Don Fedderson and writer George Tibbles. The team also produced “The Betty White Show” and “A Date With the Angels.” Betty appeared frequently on variety and game shows and was a regular with Jack Paar, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson.
Betty’s role on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as Happy Homemaker Sue Ann Nivens was an instant success and led to two Emmys for supporting actress. Renowned for her love of animals, in 1970, she created, wrote and hosted a syndicated animal series called “The Pet Set.” Betty became a true “Golden Girl” in 1985, when she won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the unlikely hit about four senior women. In the top 10 for its seven-year run, “The Golden Girls” remains popular through syndication.
More recently, she appeared on “The John Larroquette Show,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Ally McBeal” and “That 70’s Show” and had recurring roles on “Boston Legal” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Just a few of her movie credits include “Hard Rain,” “Dennis the Menace Strikes Again,” “Lake Placid” and “Bringing Down the House.” In 2009, she will appear with Sandra Bullock in “The Proposal.” The American Comedy Awards gave her the Funniest Female Award in 1987 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. She was inducted in the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won six Emmys.
Betty White has been a lifetime animal lover, deeply committed to animal welfare. She often says she was an animal lover from birth, and her passion shows in her long-standing involvement with several organizations. She has been a trustee since 1971 for Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds humane health studies for specific health problems of companion animals, zoo animals and wildlife, and also served as its president. She has been a member of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association since 1974 and also served three terms as zoo commissioner. She received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award in 1987 and an honorary doctorate from Western University Veterinary School in 2007.