Vegan Awareness Festival & Fundraiser Recap


Vegan Awareness Festival & Fundraiser for Rowdy Girl Sanctuary Recap

May 2, 2015 • 10am – 6pm

Special thanks to everyone that came out to our first annual Vegan Event! We had 97 paid attendees and so many amazing volunteers, speakers, entertainers, sponsors and vendors. Folks came from as far as Uruguay, California, Georgia and Louisiana; and we had a lot of local support.

The atmosphere was reminiscent of a mini-Woodstock and next year we are considering a two or three day event so mark your calendars for the 1st weekend in May, 2016 – Details TBA. Next year, we expect attendance to double as the word is out and we are already getting vegan folks in Austin that want to help.

Erin Eder & Wild Cactus Rose entertained the crowd with passionate enthusiasm and a soulful delivery. Jim Pharis was a great storyteller and soothed the crowd with his mellow magic. Michael Vybiral surprised us all with his vibrant personality, incredible charm and graceful talent on both guitar and fiddle.

The speakers were the best ever! Dr. Philip Conklin, Lorena Mucke, Kip Andersen, Sofia Pineda Ochoa and Kathy Landry delivered a thoughtful vegan message and each one had a unique vegan message and perspective. See the speaker’s websites for information regarding their mission and purpose by clicking on their individual names. I was honored to deliver my first vegan message publicly and was very moved by the reception I received. I spoke on My Journey: From Cattle Rancher’s Wife to Vegan Activist & Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary.

Video of Speech from the Event

Vendors that supported the event were:

Janet Lauer’s Divine Massage & Sauna, Animals, Art & Arbonne, Vegan Society of Peace, Well For Real, Psychic Medium & Animal Communicator, Peaceful Pieces Shop & Energy Healing, Wholistic Kitchens, ChiroSelf & Brazoria County SPCA

Volunteers that made the event happen were:

Nancy Norwood Evans, Shana Childress, Amanda Foytik, Teresa Downing, Stephanie Huffman, Lisa Clark, Beth Swanson Arnold, Tonya Daily, Janet Lauer, Kathy Landry, Melanie Blake, Annie Hartley, Dolly Ahuja, Sandy McAvin & my husband who does more than anyone will ever know, Tommy Sonnen! THANK YOU FROM ROWDY GIRL!


Special thanks to Drew Alexis & Farm Sanctuary for all they do to inspire, encourage & motivate Rowdy Girl Sanctuary.

Special thanks to the Vegan Legion for championing for Rowdy Girl in tough times.

And last but not least thank you to McKenna Grace Fisher – my relentless vegan warrioress.

This event is dedicated to Herman, The Miracle Pig

Click here to check out our line up for all the great entertainment, speakers and activities we had for the day!

Click here to see the schedule of events.

Take a look at all our flyers and Facebook posts:

Speaker Flyer (PDF) | Vendor Flyer (PDF) | Speaker Facebook Post (JPEG) | Vendor Facebook Post (JPEG)


Main Sponsors




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Free Cookie is committed to only using sustainably sourced palm oil. We obtain confirmation from our suppliers that show the origin of the palm oil. The suppliers state the manufactures are members of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the leading global organization developing and implementing global standards for sustainable palm oil production. Free Cookie continues to use Fair Trade products, as we want to ensure we support sustainable practices and leave a light footprint on our planet.

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Food Sponsors



Beanfields Snacks will be providing vegan chips.

So Delicious Dairy Free

So Delicious Dairy Free will be providing beverages and desserts.


The Tofurkey Company will be providing deli slices for sandwiches.


Vega will be donating a Vega Gift Basket for the raffle.


Follow Your Heart Cheese Alternative Slices (available in Provolone, Mozzarella, American, and Garden Herb) and Vegenaise for the sandwiches.

This is Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

Cutest Animal Compilation

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