Celebration for the Turkeys

November 3, 2019 - Acton, California

Celebrate life

Join us on Sunday, November 3rd as we give thanks for the animals who call Farm Sanctuary home at our annual Celebration for the Turkeys!

Guests will gather at our Acton, California Shelter for a delicious, Thanksgiving-themed lunch and a day of quality time spent with the rescued pigs, cows, sheep, and goats who call our sanctuary home. Special guest speaker Gene Baur, President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, will be on hand to send you into the holiday season feeling grateful and inspired.

The Celebration for the Turkeys is a welcoming, positive experience perfect for introducing your non-vegan/vegetarian friends and family members to Farm Sanctuary. Join us and start a new, compassionate Thanksgiving tradition!

Registration is $50 for adults and $30 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. Attendance at these events is limited and they are expected to sell out, so we encourage you to register today!

*Please note that we may not have turkeys or chickens at this year’s Celebration for the Turkeys. There has been an outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease in some Southern California bird populations. This disease is very contagious to chickens and is fatal to the birds if contracted. Our birds are safe outside of Southern California and will return to Acton when this disease is safely contained.


November 3

  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    Event registration

  • (Please note that the sanctuary gates will not open until 12:00 p.m.)

  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    Thanksgiving themed vegan lunch

  • 12:45 - 1:00 p.m.

    Welcome by Grey’s Anatomy Star, Alex Blue Davis

  • 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    “Sandy, a Survivor’s Story” by Acton Shelter Manager, Jessica Due

  • 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

    “Plant Based Love” by Founder and Executive Director of Lunch on Me, LaRayia Gaston

  • 1:45 - 2:00 p.m.


  • 2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

    “Our Vegan Future-Inspiring Tales from Around the World” by Tofurky founder, Seth Tibbott

  • 2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

    “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life” by Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-founder, Gene Baur

  • 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

    Sanctuary time

  • Visit staffed barns at your own pace and connect with rescued animals

  • 4:00 p.m.

    Gift shop closes and event concludes


  • Crispy Mashed Potato Balls
  • Harvest Salad
  • Roasted Squash and Black Bean Tacos
  • Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes


Event sponsorship allows Farm Sanctuary to continue hosting events that educate and inspire guests to advocate for farm animals. Together, we can create a more compassionate world!

$350 · Supporter
1 reservation to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$1,000 · Advocate
2 reservations to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$5,000 · Major Sponsor
5 reservations to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$10,000 · Celebration for the Turkeys Host
10 reservations to attend the event; on-site event signage and podium announcement sponsor recognition

Become an event sponsor


Gene Baur

Gene Baur

Gene Baur

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.

A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals, and his rescue work inspired an international farm sanctuary movement.

Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and People and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his writing and his international speaking engagements, Gene provides simple, actionable solutions coupled with a compassion-first approach to help us be the change we wish to see in the treatment of animals and our food system.

Gene began his activist career selling veggie hot dogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions of factory farm animals who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. He was recently named one of Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul 100 Givers.

Seth Tibbott

Seth Tibbott

Seth Tibbott

In 1980, Seth Tibbott founded Turtle Island Foods, now "the Tofurky Company", on $2500 savings from his 8-year career as a teacher/naturalist. For 15 years, Seth pursued his dream while losing his shirt as a pioneer of the plant based foods movement making a fermented Indonesian soy product called Tempeh. With an income of only $300/month, Seth built a 3-story treehouse that he called home for 7 years. In 1995, against the advice of his partners, Seth introduced the first nationally marketed vegan holiday roast named "Tofurky". The Tofurky brand, which is still family owned and independent, now includes 35 different vegan products which are sold in 27,000 stores worldwide. Today Seth enjoys sharing the details of his “40 year overnight success” story while traveling the world cheerleading plant-based food entrepreneurs from London to New Delhi and beyond.

LaRayia Gaston

LaRayia Gaston

LaRayia Gaston

When LaRayia Gaston moved to Los Angeles from New York City, she was shocked by the extreme level of poverty she saw on the streets of DTLA, and immediately wanted to help. After spending some time with people in the skidrow community LaRayia felt a tug at her heart and knew this was her calling, so she founded Lunch On Me. Lunch On Me is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending starvation while providing opportunities to enrich the mind, body & spirit of LA and NYC’s homeless community. Lunch On Me feeds and serves over 10,000 plus homeless individuals and families on a monthly basis. LaRayia is shifting how we address the issues of homelessness and hunger in America through nourishment and self care. Her latest initiative is LaRayia’s Bodega, the first ever organic 99 cent store that’s addressing food access for all. For more information on LaRayia & her Lunch On Me organization please visit: www.lunchonme.org

Jessica Due

Jessica Due

Jessica Due

Jessica Due serves as the West Coast Shelter Manager of Farm Sanctuary. Jessica is in her fourth year as a Farm Sanctuary employee, though she was a volunteer for several years prior to officially joining the animal caregiving team. She cofounded the first CareFarm in California and the second one in the United States, was a former Director of Animal Care with another farm animal sanctuary, lifelong vegetarian, and a decade-strong vegan, Jessica has always tried to be on the right side of history and fight against injustices to all species. In her free time, she enjoys gardening (using permaculture techniques), hiking, camping, painting, and playing music.

Alex Blue Davis

Alex Blue Davis

Alex Blue Davis

Alex Blue Davis is an American actor and singer/ songwriter. He is best known for his role as Dr. Casey Parker on Grey's Anatomy, the first recurring trans masculine character played by a trans man on Primetime TV. Davis is also known for his music, having toured nationally and released a number of albums, including his recent EP, Songs for Surgery. Alex has been an ethical vegan for over a decade and believes that every opportunity he’s given to share his experience is a chance to end speciesism and replace it with empathy for all of our fellow animals.

Volunteer Opportunities

Farm Sanctuary, a source of education and inspiration for thousands of individuals each year, relies on the dedication of volunteers. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Celebration for the Turkeys and we would love to have your help!

Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the events: setup, parking, registration, food service, gate assistance, staffing barns, cleanup, and more.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Katie Buxton.