Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Reyes Hosts City's First Vegan Bake Sale Thursday

June 23, 2009 Contacts:
Monica Valencia, monica.valencia@lacity.org, (213) 473-7001
Hop Hopkins, hhopkins@lacorps.org, (323) 224-2550 X400
Gary Loewenthal, gary@compassion4animals.org, (703) 932-0749


Councilmember Ed P. Reyes is hosting the City’s First Vegan Bake Sale Thursday, June 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles City Hall Farmers Market, 200 N. Spring Street, to help raise awareness and funds for the Los Angeles River.

Los Angeles is one of more than 80 cities in eight days internationally holding a vegan bake sale as part of Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, a fun global event to help people, the animals and the environment.

“The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale helps brings attention to our planet, especially the L.A. River, because of its environmental implications for the City of Los Angeles,” said Reyes, who chairs the City's Los Angeles River Ad Hoc Committee. “Thursday’s event is also about making educated and compassionate choices about the food we eat. The vegan bake sale will feature favorites like chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes and brownies, as well as diabetic-friendly and gluten-free goods.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Los Angeles River Keepers, a Los Angeles Conservation Corps team of students who help clean and green the L.A. River.

"Delicious vegan sweets and the L.A. River Keepers: two things working hard to preserve our environment,” said Hop Hopkins, Los Angeles Conservation Corps Program Manager, a vegan who has been active in food justice programs to aid urban communities.

The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is being organized by the Washington D.C.-based, Compassion for Animals.

“When people bite into a mouth-watering vegan cheesecake, cherry cobbler or chocolate chip cookie for their first time, their misperceptions about vegan food may immediately begin to melt away,” said Gary Loewenthal, Director, Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. “And the positive experience often leads them to learn more about the ethical, environmental, and health benefits of a vegan lifestyle.”

For those unable to attend the event who would like to support the L.A. River Keepers, checks can be made out to Los Angeles Conservation Corps and mailed to:

Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Vegan Bake Sale event
c/o Cheyanne Sauter, Asst. Director of Fundraising
P.O. Box 15868
Los Angeles, CA 90015

LACC's Tax ID is 95-400-2138