February 9, 2016
Opposite Photo: Julie Hayek, Patrick McMulla and Leesa Rowland
Liam McMullan / PMC & Patrick McMullan / PMC
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.
ABOUT ANIMAL ASHRAM:
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 and raise awareness of equality of life among all living beings.
ABOUT FOUNDER, LEESA ROWLAND:
Ms. Rowland is an actress and author from Rockport and Austin, Texas. She was raised along the Texas Gulf Coast where she learned strong family values and reliance on self-motivation. Her acting career includes both television and full length movie productions. In 2015 she authored a book entitled Discovering the IT Factor Within You. In 2013 she founded a not-for-profit organization known as “Animal Ashram” which is dedicated to education and raising awareness about the plight of abused and mistreated animals of all kinds. Ms. Rowland is a devout vegan, animal activist and spokesperson for animal rights.
*Ahimsa is defined as: Hindu doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence.