Broadcast journalism's Anderson Cooper, NBC's popular Heroes star, Hayden Panettire, and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck were honored at the 22nd Genesis Awards. This event honors news and entertainment media for showcasing animal protection issues, and recognizes celebs that have made news on behalf of animals.

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Heroes star, Hayden Panettire - Real Life Hero for Animals

Winning the Wyler Award for her real life role as hero for animals, Panettiere was recognized for using her courage, compassion and celebrity to draw worldwide attention to Japan's cruel dolphin slaughter. Anderson Cooper jetted in to pick up his award for Outstanding TV Documentary for Planet in Peril - which highlighted the illegal trade in endangered animals. As Cooper stated, "I think it is the mission of reporters to give a voice to those that have no voice."

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CSI Star, William Petersen, Animal Activist

Wolfgang Puck received Special Recognition for implementing a series of animal welfare policies that have drawn public attention to the cruelest form of factory farming... Others lauded at the vegan only dinner, included CSI - for their segment shedding light on the brutality of dog fighting; and Katie Couric for segments on the dark side of the horse racing industry and an unusual tiger sanctuary.

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Ben Stein (Win Ben Stein's Money) with Award winning journalist, Anderson Cooper

The Human Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization - backed by 10.5 million Americans. Kudos to the entertainment industry for shining a light on the major animal issues of the day.

Between juggling his role as General Director of both the L.A. Opera and the Washington National Opera, starring in more than 124 different roles, and conducting operas throughout the world, Placido Domingo has to move very quickly indeed. At the Placido Domingo Awards, sponsored by the Hispanics for the L.A. Opera, he really proved this point.

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Spanish Bass-Baritone, Juan Pons, Founder of Hispanics for the Opera, Alicia Garcia Clark, Placido Domingo, Mrs. Pons

After presenting awards to Chilean Soprano Cristina Gallard-Domas and Spanish Bass Baritone, Juan Pons, at a gala dinner at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, he dashed downstairs to the orchestra pit to conduct Puccini's Tosca, where the aforementioned singers performed. Then -- to add to the mix -- the Maestro had to jet off to Paris, where he later was to conduct Howard Shore's opera, The Fly, which will open the company's season, Sept. 6th and 7th.

The Hispanics for the Opera, founded by Alicia and Ed Clark in 1991, has done a great job promoting the L.A. Opera in the Hispanic community. They help to raise funds for Education and Community Programs, and have greatly increased the percentage of Hispanics attending the L.A. Opera performances.

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Dolores Elena Richardson (President), Deborah Laird, Helen Lakritz, Gary Laird

Orlando J. Ortega welcomed the prestigious dinner guests, including Inocencio Arias, The Consul General of Spain, Mauricio Monroy, Partner in Deloitte-Baja California, and Deborah and Gary Laird. Bravo to President Dolores Elena Richardson and the hard working committee, who made this a most elegant evening at the Opera.

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