Actress and Author Leesa Rowland announced the establishment of her new Non-Profit Organization known as “Animal Ashram” at an exclusive reception held on February 9, 2016, at Serafina Restaurant in New York City. The event was attended by socialites and well known animal advocates sharing the common goal of equality among all living beings. During her welcoming remarks, Ms. Rowland explained that a new reality TV series is being planned around the mission of animal rights and the plight of animals in need.
According to Ms. Rowland…”Animal Ashram provides grants and funding to worthy organizations and individuals offering sanctuary to homeless and helpless animals of all species. Animal Ashram respects and promotes the oneness of life and the principles of ahimsa*. Our not-for-profit mission is to raise money for a variety of educational and public outreach programs, provide funding resources & raise awareness of equality of life among all living beings.”
When asked to summarize the mission and primary objective of the new organization, Ms. Rowland said, “In a Perfect World, every spirit would respect the gift of life and the joy of our time together.” Animal Ashram will raise funds through charitable contributions and require each contributor to support an Animal Bill of Rights.
Among those who participated in the organizational event were spokesmodel and actress Shawni Alexander, cardiologist and model Luiza Petre, socialite photographer Patrick McMullan, fashion designer Michael Mione, actress Nicola Fiore, former Miss USA Julie Hayek and architect Steven Sepaugh.
As a Texas native, Braden Bradley made the move to New York City in 2010 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas State University to experience the opportunities the city has to offer. After being named Mr. Gay New York, starring in Pride: The Series, maintaining his charity column in Social Life Magazine, and volunteering for The Trevor Project, Braden discovered that life is truly what we make of it. He is also an active member of the Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village and can be found singing in the gospel choir. Braden currently works as a publicist in New York City.
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