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American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards a star-studded affair, Oct. 6

By April MacIntyre Oct 6, 2012, 22:43 GMT

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards a star-studded affair, Oct. 6

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Number one New York Times bestselling author and blind 9/11 survivor, Michael Hingson will appear as guest judge for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Hingson, owner of Roselle, who was posthumously named 2011 American Hero Dog Award Winner for her heroic service on September 11, 2001, will help select the 2012 American Hero Dog award winner with fellow celebrity judges: Whoopi Goldberg, Miranda Lambert, Victoria Stilwell, Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Candy Spelling and Kristin Bauer Van Straten.

From the press release

Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast nationwide on Hallmark Channel, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ are produced by Emmy® award winning MRB Productions and seek to identify and recognize America’s Hero Dogs.

Dogs are nominated in eight categories: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for pets). Finalists in each category will be selected through online voting by the American public and judged by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of both celebrities and animal experts, to determine the winning American Hero Dog. For more information visit: www.herodogawards.org <http://www.herodogawards.org/>

Guide dog Roselle worked fearlessly as a team with Michael Hingson to guide him and countless others down 1463 steps to safety from tower one of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Roselle held AHA’s top honor as American Hero Dog for 2011 and now her owner, Michael Hingson will help guide the selection of her successor. In countless speaking engagements, feature articles, television and radio appearances Hingson has shared Roselle’s story of trust and teamwork as Ambassador for AHA’s Hero Dogs throughout 2012. For more information visit: www.michaelhingson.com <http://www.michaelhingson.com>

Event Details
Mr. Hingson will be present and available for interviews

    Date: Saturday, October 6th
    Location: Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Time: Red Carpet begins 5:30 p.m., Gala dinner 7:00 p.m., Hero Dog Awards Live Production 8:00 p.m.-10 p.m., After Party 10:00 p.m.-Midnight
    Tickets: For ticket information visit: www.herodogawards.org <http://www.herodogawards.org>

Michael Hingson in an internationally acclaimed speaker and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero and Thunder Dog the film to be released September 2013 by My Three Sons Films. Hingson is national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign and founder of “Roselle's Dream Foundation,” which provides assistive technologies to blind children and adults. For more information visit: www.michaelhingson.com <http://www.michaelhingson.com>

Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org <http://www.americanhumane.org> today.



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