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Dear Jon,

This is a bittersweet week for everyone here at the Doris Day Animal Foundation. Of course, it’s the week of what would have been Doris’ 98th birthday, April 3, and we all miss her dearly. Her sunny demeanor and chipper, can-do spirit would have been such a balm for these trying times.

However, we’re also excited about the big auction of Property from the Estate of Doris Day taking place online. As you all know, every penny raised will benefit DDAF, in keeping with Doris’ wishes. If you haven’t registered to bid, please do so no later than Friday, April 3, at noon PT by clicking here. And remember: If you’ve had your eye on an item from the first half of the auction (lots 1-599), the deadline for bidding is this Saturday, April 4, at 6pm PT. If you would like to bid from the second half of the auction (lots 600-1099), bids will be taken until Sunday, April 5, at 6pm PT.

If you would like to purchase a print copy of the beautiful auction catalog as a memento, they are available here. And if you're interested in taking a virtual tour of the exhibition at Julien's Auctions, just click here.

We hope you and yours are doing just fine, keeping up with social distancing requirements and taking extra precautions to stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all online for some brisk bidding. We can’t wait to congratulate you on your wins. Of course, if you would rather make a donation in honor of Doris’ birthday, we would welcome your gift at https://ddaf.org/donate.

Best wishes,

 
 
 

Doris Day Tribute and Estate Auction

 

Doris Day Animal Foundation Announces a Week-Long Tribute to the Life and Career of Doris Day

in Conjunction with Julien’s Auctions “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” Two-Day Auction Event

April 4 and 5 in Beverly Hills

Los Angeles, California (February 25, 2020) – Doris Day Animal Foundation, the charity founded by legendary performer and animal welfare advocate, Doris Day, has announced a week-long tribute to the world-renowned icon and quintessential “girl-next-door,” whose films, music and pioneering animal welfare efforts continue to inspire generations of fans all over the world. The celebrations of Day’s life and career will take place in Beverly Hills and Hollywood the week of March 30, culminating in the auction of “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” by Julien’s Auctions on April 4 and April 5, live at their Beverly Hills gallery and online at juliensauctions.com. The public is invited to preview the auction items, which will be on exhibit at Julien’s Auction gallery at 257 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 5. “Doris was not only a legendary singer and actress, but a pioneering animal welfare advocate whose efforts helped improve the lives of animals and the people who love them all over the world,” said Bob Bashara, executor of Day’s estate, her business manager and CEO of the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). “It was her wish that all proceeds from her estate benefit DDAF, so her legacy would continue.”  

Since Doris Day’s death on May 13, 2019, devoted fans across the globe have been asking for an official tribute to the beloved star. “Doris didn’t attend funerals and did not wish to have a memorial service,” said long-time friend and DDAF’s Director of Communications, Lea Price.   “We knew that she wouldn’t want us to grieve, so the week leading up to the auction of property from Doris Day’s estate will be an uplifting celebration of her extraordinary life and career, while helping the cause closest to her heart—the ‘precious animals’.”

The fete kicks off at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, March 31 at the TCL Chinese Theatres with a screening of one of Doris Day’s most popular romantic comedies, “The Thrill of it All,” co-starring James Garner and directed by Academy Award winner Norman Jewison. *Jewison, Kym Karath (“Sound of Music”), and Brian Nash (who both played Day’s kids in the film) will participate in a Q&A, along with film critic Leonard Maltin. The panel will be moderated by singer/actor Scott Dreier, who will be performing his award-winning musical tribute show, “Doris and Me” later in the week. Also featured will be behind-the-scenes clips of Day in Hollywood and a display of select items from Julien’s Auctions “Property from the Estate of “Doris Day” in the multiplex lobby. Tickets are available at TCLChineseTheatres.com.

On Thursday, April 2, Julien’s Auctions will be hosting a VIP Reception and Private Viewing Party for “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” at their Beverly Hills gallery. The public is invited, but space is limited. To attend, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Subject: Julien’s Auctions Doris Day VIP Reception, Thursday April 2. Confirmation from Julien’s is a must for admittance.

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Friday, April 3—what would have been Doris Day’s 98th birthday—will open with a proclamation ceremony of “Doris Day” Day, by Beverly Hills Mayor, John Mirisch, and the city council on the Crescent Drive steps and

Municipal Gallery of Beverly Hills City Hall at 11:00 am. Local animal rescue organization, the Amanda Foundation, will be on hand with dog adoptions and a doggie fashion show. *Celebrities expected to participate include Jamie Farr (“M*A*S*H,” “With Six You Get Eggroll”) and Jackie Joseph (“The Doris Day Show”). Other friends and co-stars of Day expected to attend include Leslie Farrell (“Move Over Darling”), Kym Karath (“The Thrill of it All,” “The Sound of Music”), Brian Nash (“The Thrill of it All”), Christopher Olsen (Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) and Les Brown, Jr. (“Music of Your Life”). “I’ve been a great fan of Doris Day’s since I saw her in ‘Romance on the High Seas’ and she sang ‘It’s Magic’…and it was—both on and off screen,” said co-star Jamie Farr. “I consider her the modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. I’m proud to be a part of this very fitting honor.”   Added Day’s pal and co-star Jackie Joseph, “How appropriate to be in Beverly Hills… celebrating, not only the shining star but the bright spirit of Doris Day who careened from her home on her bike to partake of her neighborhood… and also began her lifelong advocation to save animals. It’s such an honor to participate in this ongoing appreciation of “The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills.” The event is open to the public—no RSVP necessary.

Capping off “Doris Day” Day on Friday, April 3 will be a special performance of singer Scott Dreier’s award-winning “Doris and Me,” presented at The Montalban theatre in Hollywood at 7:30 pm, followed by a *celebrity Q&A with more of Day’s friends and co-stars, including Loni Anderson (“Doris Day’s Best Friends”), Philip Brown and Jackie Joseph (“The Doris Day Show”), Les Brown, Jr. (“Music of Your Life”), Billy Gray (“On Moonlight Bay,” “Father Knows Best”), Christopher Olsen (Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) and Marion Ross (“Teacher’s Pet,” “Happy Days”). “Doris and Me” is a critically-acclaimed musical tribute and celebration of the music, life and career of Doris Day, which Dreier has performed around the country, including New York’s 54 Below and at multiple Doris Day birthday celebrations in Carmel, California, helping to raise funds for DDAF. “I am so thrilled and grateful to be a part of this celebration of our exquisite Doris Day that not only celebrates the extraordinary human, artist, and friend that she was—but also benefits the animal foundation that she created and was so passionate about,” said Dreier. Tickets are available at themontalban.com. Enter code DORIS for $10 off.

Luxury tour provider, Tour du Jour, will be offering three-hour Doris Day-themed tours throughout the week, Sunday, March 29 through Thursday, April 2, for those who want to see where Day lived, worked and played. The personal tours are limited to twelve guests per vehicle and may be booked at dorisdaytour.eventstmart.com.

The celebrations culminate in an exclusive two-day auction event on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 when Julien’s Auctions present “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” live at their Beverly Hills gallery at 257 North Canon Drive and online at juliensauctions.com. The world-record breaking auction house will offer over 1,000 lots of Day’s costumes, furnishings, art, and memorabilia from her personal collection and iconic films, television shows and specials. Estate items include the formal white ensemble Day wore when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Golden Globes in 1989, a brass embossed elephant jardinière gifted by Rock Hudson, a painting by artist and singer Tony Bennett, a red lacquer Young Chang upright piano gifted by her son, Terry Melcher, a classic 1930 Ford convertible used on “Doris Day’s Best Friends” TV show, and numerous awards, including Golden Globes and Gold Records. “Doris Day was a Hollywood giant as one of the screen’s legendary leading actresses, top box office stars and one of the greatest singers of the 20th century with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “On this special occasion of what would be Doris Day’s 98th birthday celebration, we are honored to announce that 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale will benefit her charity the Doris Day Animal Foundation, to which she devoted her life’s work as an animal rights activist.” For more information and to register, visit juliensauctions.com.  

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About Doris Day

Born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 3, 1922, Doris Day—the quintessential all-American girl—could do it all with an ease that belied the depth of her talent. When a car accident in her teen years shattered her leg and put an end to a promising dancing career, she turned to singing while recuperating. The result was several big band stints, most notably with Les Brown and his Band of Renown, and her first big hit in 1945, “Sentimental Journey”—an anthem for service men and women all over the world that still resonates today. More Top 10 hits followed, such as “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time,” “Again,” and “Everybody Loves a Lover.”

Hollywood soon came calling, and Day’s first audition won her the lead in 1948’s “Romance on the High Seas” opposite Jack Carson, which featured her Academy Award-nominated hit, “It’s Magic.” Thirty-eight more films followed and included everything from family musicals, such as “On Moonlight Bay” opposite Gordon MacRae and “Calamity Jane” with Howard Keel (featuring her Academy Award-winning song, “Secret Love”); dramas, such as “Love Me or Leave Me” opposite James Cagney; suspense thrillers, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” co-starring James Stewart (and featuring the Oscar®-winning “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”—the song most associated with Day and the philosophy she adopted in life); and romantic comedies, such as “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and “The Thrill of it All” opposite James Garner.   Day’s perhaps most iconic film was “Pillow Talk,” which garnered her an Academy Award nomination and famously paired her with Rock Hudson, with whom she would make two more films, “Lover Come Back” and “Send Me No Flowers”—all three co-starring Tony Randall.

 

In just over 20 years, Day made over 600 song recordings, 30 albums and 39 films, while also starring in her own radio show and accompanying Bob hope on numerous trips to entertain the troops during the 40’s and 50’s. Among her numerous honors and awards are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement, along with several Golden Globes and Laurel Awards from the Theatre Owners of America. She remains the top-ranked female box office star of all time.

In 1968 Day set her sights on television and starred in her hit CBS series, “The Doris Day Show” for five years, as well as two variety specials, “The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special” in 1971 and “Doris Day Today” in 1975. After moving to Carmel, CA in 1981, Day followed up with a 1985 lifestyle celebrity talk show that was filmed in the area and focused on animal welfare. She continued to enjoy life in Carmel, partnering in the ownership of the pet-friendly Cypress Inn, and making Carmel-by-the-Sea the “dog-friendly capital of the world.” She loved her devoted fans and happily responded to the enormous volume of fan mail that continued to pour in until her death on May 13, 2019 at the age of 97.

Doris Day’s passion to be a voice for the helpless animals went back to her childhood, but became famously known in 1956 when she refused to continue filming “The Man Who Knew Too Much” on location in Morocco until all of the emaciated animals on and around the set were well-fed and cared for, supervising the effort herself.   Back home, Day was rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming homeless pets (affectionately known as “The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills”) at a time when organized animal welfare was virtually non-existent and euthanasia in animal shelters ran rampant. In 1971 she became a founding member of Actors and Others for Animals, along with Richard and Diana

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Basehart, Jackie Joseph and others who wanted to use their celebrity status to draw vital media attention to the plight of the animals and influence needed change.  Wanting to contribute even more to saving lives, Day founded her own Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978, followed by the Doris Day Animal League (a citizen’s lobbying organization based in Washington, DC) in 1987. The Pet Foundation—today known as the Doris Day Animal Foundation—has evolved into a national grant-giving charity supporting other 501(c)3 animal welfare organizations and programs across the United States and beyond. Both organizations proudly continue to carry on Doris Day’s legacy and vision to make this a better world for the animals.

About the Doris Day Animal Foundation

The Doris Day Animal Foundation, dorisdayanimalfoundation.org, is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded by legendary performer Doris Day in 1978, with a straightforward mission to help animals and the people who love them. As a grant-giving organization, DDAF funds other non-profit causes across the country that directly rescue, care for and protect animals. DDAF's ongoing project funding includes World Spay Day (founded by Doris Day and the Doris Day Animal League in 1995), Duffy Day Life Saving Program, Doris Day Equine Center, the Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarship at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, "Seniors for Seniors" programs and many more.

*Celebrity guests subject to availability

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Dear Jon,

All of us at the Doris Day Animal Foundation have been truly overwhelmed by your outpouring of love, condolences and donations for the “precious four-leggers” in memory of our dear Doris. She was a beloved friend and mentor to us and an inspiration to the world -- especially the animal welfare community. Your support meant the world to her and makes it possible for DDAF to continue its crucial work, funding other non-profit animal welfare organizations and programs that directly improve the lives of animals.

DDAF’s small, long-time staff and board of directors were personally selected or approved by Doris many years ago because we share her passion for making this a better world for the animals. We have dedicated a good part of our lives to Doris’ great cause and are just as invested in the important work we do as she was. We conscientiously strive to reduce expenses to cut overhead so that your donations can go to programs that directly benefit the animals. 

Please visit our Facebook page for stories and testimonials from our grantees so you can see specifically where your donations are put to work. Our annual IRS Form 990 can be found on our website, and if you haven’t visited lately, we invite you to get re-acquainted with our staff and our work. In short, we assure you that DDAF will continue to operate under the same rules and guidelines, dedicated to Doris’ vision and purpose to make her proud, as always.

While Doris’ tremendous career legacy will live on thanks to the technology of film, television, iTunes and YouTube, she founded DDAF and DDAL to carry out her life’s mission and the cause closest to her heart: helping animals and the people who love them. This was the legacy she wanted to leave the world, and all of us at DDAF are committed to keep her dream alive by continuing the critical work she started 41 years ago, per her wishes. Of course, we can’t do it without you, so on behalf of the millions of animals we’ve helped in the past and plan to help in the future, we send a big thank you for your support!

Gratefully yours,

 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
 
   

Dear Jon,

Can you believe it? We're getting ready for the holidays again!

The tree will need decking soon enough, so why not get ahead of the holiday rush and order the official 2018 Doris Day Animal Foundation holiday ornament today? This year's design is a DDAF favorite: Lovely Doris from her cover shoot for The Love Album, on a wintery blue ornament.  We can already hear "Silver Bells" playing in the background!

Buy one for yourself, another for a Doris Day fan or animal-loving friend!

And why stop there? We know this season is the busiest time of year for many of you. So do take this opportunity to check a few holiday gifts off your list at the DDAF online store. All profits benefit DDAF and the 4-leggers!

All our best,
The DDAF Team

 
 
 
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Dear Supporter,

As you may know, I've never been very keen on celebrating birthdays. The years go by too fast, and no one likes the idea of being older. I've always thought age is just a number and has little to do with how we feel. But, it's true, I'll be 90 next April -- I can hardly believe it!

So I thought I'd look for a new way to mark the occasion. I wanted to do something special for all of you, my fans and friends who have been so devoted all these years. Something celebratory to bring you together, and something that would warm my heart as well.

I asked my team at the Doris Day Animal Foundation and my gang at the Cypress Inn here in Carmel to come up with something really wonderful. We know many of you regularly gather at the Cypress on my birthday. So today we're delighted to expand on your annual tradition and to invite you all to join in A Sentimental Journey: a three-night package at the Cypress Inn, with the whole weekend benefitting DDAF!

The package includes:

  • Three nights' accommodation at my charming Cypress Inn, here in Carmel by-the-Sea, April 3, 4, and 5, 2014
  • A commemorative welcome gift bag containing exclusive Doris Day and DDAF goodies and memorabilia
  • A daily breakfast buffet
  • Invitation to a pet fashion show, hosted by the Cypress and featuring some of our local four-leggers and darling pet boutiques
  • Live entertainment on the evening of April 3, with pianist Jim Martinez and singer Laura Didier
  • Tickets to my official birthday celebration dinner on April 4, which will also include live entertainment, surprise guests, a silent auction, and a raffle for a chance to win autographed, personal memorabilia from my own collection

The Cypress Inn is offering very special rates for this event. A single occupancy room for the weekend package is $995. Double occupancy is $1,195. A generous portion of the proceeds from all of these activities will go right to DDAF. And, since the birthday gift I'd like most is to continue to help as many four-leggers as possible, your joining in this celebration will be the very best gift of all.

To be a part of the memories, please call the Cypress Inn at 1-800-443-7443 and ask for the Sentimental Journey package. Space is very limited, and room selection is on a first come, first served basis. Prices include all taxes and gratuities.

I hope you'll consider visiting Carmel in April to help us celebrate. But if you're not able to join us, don't you worry! We'll soon be announcing plenty of activities, new releases, and interactive features on both the DorisDay.com and DDAF.org websites as we get closer to my birthday. So stay tuned!

All my love,