Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba is set to host The Humane Society of the United States’ 26th Genesis Awards on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills. The show honors the news and entertainment media for raising awareness of animal issues.
Known for her compassion for animals, Carrie Ann will emcee this star-studded awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues in feature films, documentaries, TV news and entertainment programming, as well as print and online journalism.
Of her hosting gig, Inaba said, “I’m honored to have been asked to host an awards show that is both a celebration and a consciousness raiser. In a busy awards season, The Genesis Awards stands out as an event that has true meaning in the larger scope of things– it’s the Oscars for animals and the people in the media who give voice to their plight.”
Beverly Kaskey, Senior Director of The Humane Society said, “Carrie Ann is the ideal host for The Genesis Awards. She has energy, personality, beauty, and, most of all, she really cares about the animal protection cause. I think she’ll score a perfect 10 with our audience.”
Among the celebrity presenters confirmed to attend thus far are: Kaley Cuoco, Bill Maher, Kristin Bauer van Straten and Pauley Perrette.
The show will air sometime in May on the Animal Planet.