The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder to receive Humane Society’s Wyler Award

Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon Salvatore in The CW’s hit series ‘The Vampire Diaries’, earns a Wyler Award for his advocacy towards animals.  He launched his charity, the IS Foundation, on December 8, 2010 to build awareness on the plight of animals and on environment conservation.
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Ian will be honored at the 26th Genesis Awards on March 24 with the prestigious Wyler Award.  How was he merited with such award?  Beverly Kaskey, senior director of The HSUS’s Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards said, “Ian is the epitome of a new kind of advocate who leverages his fame and an array of media platforms (he has a million plus followers on Twitter) to draw public attention to animal protection concerns and other issues that he cares deeply about”.
For his part, Ian said, “The tireless efforts of The Humane Society of the United States to protect animals around the world has always been an inspiration to me, and I’m honored to be recognized with this year’s Wyler Award”.
The Wyler Award is named in honor of the late Gretchen Wyler, Genesis Awards founder and animal advocate.  It is “bestowed on a celebrity or public figure who has made news on behalf of animals.”  Past recipients of the award were: Kristin Davis (2010), Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi (2008), Hayden Panettiere (2007), and its first recipient Sir Paul McCartney (2006).



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