Angel, who sadly passed away last month, inspired the creation of the Stand Up For Pits Foundation, which has held a number of widely supported events, including the One Million Pibble March on Washington.
On May 1, 2016, Rebecca Corry and Stand Up for Pits held the first in a series of events meant to support the nonprofit’s mission to end abuse and discrimination towards pit bull-type dogs.
These events combine stand-up comedy with awareness-raising campaigns for local shelters, such as Sean Casey Animal Rescue, the beneficiary of the May 1st event in New York City.
At each event, Stand Up for Pits holds donation drives and a silent auction benefiting a local rescue, and also brings adoptable dogs to meet attendees (and potential adopters!) at the comedy shows.
The 2016 Stand Up for Pits events are also a chance to reflect on Angel’s legacy and the movement going forward. Rebecca Corry, at the May 1st Stand Up for Pits event in New York City, said,
“Angel is gone, but she is still very much here. What she stood for and what she means is real.”
Piper, an adoptable dog that attended the New York City event, wore a crown that called for ending breed-specific legislation, which often negatively affects pit bull-type dogs. Happily, Piper was adopted the next day by two attendees who “couldn’t stop thinking about him.”
The audience full of dog lovers at the May 1st event couldn’t get enough of the dog-specific jokes from comedians Charles McBee, Wali Collins, Michelle Buteau, and Janeane Garofalo.
Rebecca Corry, a comedienne herself, told some incredible (and hilarious) stories about Angel. Since the New York City event was the first without Angel, Corry told the supporters and audience gathered that while she missed Angel — “so much, as you can imagine” — the work of Stand Up for Pits would continue on. Corry invited tearful audience members to continue to support the movement with her.
To purchase tickets for Stand Up for Pits events in 2016, visit the Stand Up for Pits website.
The organization is also awarding ten grants in Angel’s name to nonprofits around the country. You can find details about how to submit an application here.