Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott host
Puppy Love Edition Part Two –
A Tribute to Mimi La Rue [1997-2008]
Sunday, March 22, 2009
DOOR 6:30pm
SHOW 7:00pm
Talking Stick Coffee Lounge
1411C Lincoln Blvd (at California)

Lauren Adams
Lisa Turner
Lisa Nemzo
Jane Bolduc
Mark Pocket Goldberg
animal warrior Julie Chadwick
Mark Pocket Goldberg
Tom Gramlich & Byron Pfeifer, Jane Bolduc & “mastiff”
Mark Islam


[VENICE, CALIFORNIA] - Mimi La Rue, late reality TV star & fiercely flamboyant fashion icon survived by actors Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, receives a special edition sendoff in song on Sunday, March 22nd when Grassroots Acoustica’s tribute-minded troupe of troubadours teams at The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge for The Puppy Love Edition Part Two – A Tribute to Mimi La Rue endowing The Mimi La Rue Fund for sick & injured animals at Much Love Animal Rescue, a pet cause of the companion pug whose final frocked appearance was a book signing of Spelling’s memoir Stori Telling that likewise benefited the 100% no-kill, non-profit organization. Audience, performers, family, friends, musicfans & mourners are encouraged to wear pink instead of black in homage.

Guests of honor Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, crate-trained musicians Lauren Adams, Lisa Nemzo, Lisa Turner and Mark Pocket Goldberg join artists-in-residence Tom Gramlich & Byron Pfeifer, Jane Bolduc & “mastiff” of ceremonies Mark Islam for a March madness bonus installment of the monthly singer/songwriter showcase that’s raised, without ever charging an admission, $13,779 in voluntary donations to non-profit organizations serving greater metro Los Angeles.

Mimi La Rue's death of natural causes last summer at age 11 prompted an outpouring of Internet-posted empathy from pet lovers around the world to the effect of, "If you've ever lost a pet you know how awful it feels. If you haven't it's probably a good thing you don't have animals," and, "As a fellow pug owner, I understand the pain and sense of loss that Tori must be feeling. Losing a pet is never easy, they are always treated like part of the family and deserve to be mourned and memories cherished."

An envy of bitches everywhere, the pretty-in-pink player from So NoTORIous and Oxygen Network’s original Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood rose from puppymill petstore to pup-arazzi, Perez & People Magazine the old-fashioned way: By hitching herself squarely onto Spelling’s coattails then upstaging her at any opportunity. “People everywhere knew her by name,” Spelling recalls of her confidante & galpal, adding, “I loved when fans wanted her over me. I felt proud.”

But away from klieg lights & couture, redcarpet & runways, La Rue remained a simple lapdog privately wincing her way through a slew of congenital medical conditions resulting from puppymill overbreeding. Spelling explains, “At the time, like a lot of people, I was uninformed and clueless when it came to rescue work. I had no idea how awful it was to buy a dog from a store instead of rescuing them." She elaborates "Today I am a huge supporter of animal rescue and I often say that the day I bought Mimi was truly my first act of rescue work unbeknownst to myself."

Although La Rue'd received the best veterinary attention available, not all pets are as cared for: A staggering number of injured animals in fact get dumped at shelters daily because their owners cannot afford the vet bills. To honor of Mimi's memory, Spelling & McDermott established The Mimi La Rue Fund to provide Much Love with wherewithal to spring such defenseless animals from the pounds and give them a chance at a permanent loving home.

While there is no cover charge for March 22’s Mimi La Rue memorial, 100% of any tax-deductible donations into collection plates will be directly support Much Love Animal Rescue’s Mimi La Rue Fund and pay for the animals’ care and medical treatment

To learn more about Much Love Animal Rescue, the Mimi La Rue Fund, upcoming adoption drives, volunteer opportunities or to make a secure donation, please visit

Children Of The Night
The Blank Theatre Company
Project Angel Food
The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation for Animal & Human Welfare
The Nicolette Larson Pediatric Endowment at Mattel Children's Hospital/UCLA
A New Way Of Life Reentry Project
Echo Park Film Center
Friends Of The Los Angeles River
Showing People Learning & Technology
School On Wheels
The Celebration Theatre
Shoes That Fit
Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter - Memory Walk
Braille Institute
House Of Hope
Much Love Animal Rescue
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Southern California Chapter Walk MS 2009

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