A Day of Consciousness

A Douglas Elliman Shares First, Fundraising Event Presents

ARM Day of Consciousness

Douglas Elliman

DE Shares is a Florida-based initiative comprised of local Douglas Elliman real estate professionals who have volunteered to come together to give back to our community. DE Shares has chosen Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) as one of its charities to focus on in Florida by sponsoring various fundraising events to benefit ARM and its sanctuary division.

Event Overview

ARM’s first, annual fundraising event, ‘A Day of Consciousness’ was an enormous success thanks to an incredible collaboration of generous sponsors, special guests, attendees, vendors, silent auction donations, volunteers and media.

The vegan event was hosted on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017, at the breathtaking, oceanfront Eighty Seven Park Sales Gallery in Miami Beach, Florida. Over 150 guests attended the event to support ARM’s mission to investigate, expose and derail illegal and inhumane animal cruelty operations in its efforts to save animals from some of the most extreme forms of torture and undignified deaths. The event also set the stage to launch its new programs and initiatives of living a more humane and conscious lifestyle.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted to a red carpet reception including complimentary champagne, luxury label wines and goody bags filled with LUSH cosmetics, Dr Dennis Gross products, Soul cycle and Equinox gifts and a BPA free water bottle, compliments of the Clear Title Group.

Once inside, guests were treated to musical performances by local talented pianist Ana Nikolic and violinist Anton Smirnov.

Vegan cuisine and lite bites were offered throughout the event by amazing sponsors including Beaker & Gray, SuViche, Via Verde and Riviera Focacceria Italiana. Guest enjoyed mingling at a beachfront cabana bar while sipping on signature craft drinks featuring Casamigos Tequila and an assortment of red and white wines from Palm Bay International.

Vendors showcased a boutique ‘vegan’ shopping experience and included; the launching of Raw&Rooted clothing by Gracia Maria, Creation De Hart, Sahira Jewelry, Luna handbags, Ikidikid, Feed me Health, Full Circle and Soul Cycle.

A LUSH Cosmetic spa offered complimentary massage bar services whilst vegan delicacies were featured at the Innocent Chocolate and Antoinette’s gourmet donut booths.

Sexy lounge vibes were provided on the outside deck by Lariena Pershyn as people shopped and took in the beautiful ocean views. Activities being offered were yoga by the reknown Valeria Hinojosa from Water Thru Skin and Animal Flow sessions by Master Instructor, Rebecca Evans. Children attending the event, enjoyed face painting and were adorned with balloon art.

The events silent auction was composed of over 70 amazing items and was a huge draw at the event ranging from one-of-a-kind artwork, sports memorabillia and luxury getaways and spa services.

The highlight of ‘A Day of Consciousness’ event lay in the informative and supporting speeches by special guests including Celebrity Actress and animal advocate, Gabrielle Anwar; Successful Entrepreneur, Owner of The Forge and Chair of the Make a Wish Foundation, Shareef Malnik; local artist David ‘Lebo’ LeBatard; Douglas Elliman Florida CEO, Jay Parker; and ARM’s Founder Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto.

A Day of Consciousness was the first event sponsored under the newly created Douglas Elliman Shares charity initiative (“DE Shares”). ARM was chosen to be one of the three main charities which the luxury real estate company supports with its program. The other two charities, St Jude’s and Habitat for Humanity will also be kicking off their initial event in the coming months.

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    Hunting Everglades

    Hunting Everglades

    Hunting Everglades

    After years of negotiations with American production companies and television networks, ARM is now progressing into broadcasting its first, exciting real life TV series.

    An instrumental role of the Animal Recovery Mission’s agenda lays in educating people of its criminal findings of some of the most unimaginable and concealed operations of animal cruelty, in the world.

    Obtained through its undercover investigations, ARMs work brings to light both the atrocities and challenges it encounters in promoting change for animal rights. For ARM, this not only serves as a necessary purpose, but stands as the organizations obligation to raise global societal awareness.

    The series will also be addressing many critical issues which the organization encounters in it’s efforts to disable existing industries of animal cruelty to save animals of abuse and neglect. These hurdles include working alongside official agencies and government departments. Viewers will get a rare insight, not only into the investigations themselves, but on the process of executing raids, animal rescues and the rehabilitation of rescued animals taken to at ARMs Sanctuary.

    Whilst ARM has the ongoing support of State Attorney offices and departments in many counties, often times ARM also receives resistance from relevant agencies  who attempt to turn their backs on ARMs undeniable evidence. In the past, this has often jeopardized cases, as well as the necessary arrests and animal rescues phases of the organizations investigations. This weekly series, with the credibility of a reputable TV network highlighting ARMs work, stands to give these same agencies no choice but to assist our organizations work.

    Since its inception in 2010, ARM has filmed thousands of news and investigative reports stories, documentaries and feature appearances on a variety of Americas most popular, prime time network shows.

    ARM, in addition, is also the proud recipient of multiple and honorable awards from television and film industries, including an Emmy, for its stories highlighting ARMs role in defending animal cruelty.

    For the first time ever, the Animal Recovery Mission’s real life series ‘Hunting Evil – Everglades’, will be coming to prime time TV to portray the true horrors of what countless animals are enduring on a daily basis in the industries which ARM exposes.

    ARMs Founder, Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto, insists that this series will serve as an educational purpose with the content being filmed authentically and unscripted, never staged or swaying  away from the realities of the every day struggles of the organizations operations and activities.

    ARM hopes that our supporters will enjoy this extended trailer and encourages everyone to please leave your comments on our Vimeo page, for ARM’s production company to consider your opinions on this series, before it launches.

    We look forward to the near future where the Animal Recovery Mission will be brought into your home, for one hour, every week!

    Salt River Wild Horse Shooting

    Breaking News! Reward sky rockets to bring in the Salt River wild horse killer


    arm-srwhmg***BREAKING- For Immediate Release:

    Monday November 7th 2016,

    Reward for Finding Salt River Wild Horse Killer Soars to $25,000!
    Animal Recovery Mission of Florida Matches Existing Reward Fund!

    The reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a baby Salt River wild horse and wounded two other young horses soared to $25,000 thanks to a matching offer from ARM Investigations of Florida.

    Immediately after the shooting, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, and the Humane Society of the United States and Schill Law Firm quickly added to the reward. In addition the public has contributed to the reward and rescue fund as well in a Gofundme account. As of November 7th the total reward fund had added up to $12,500. Any member of the public wanting to contribute to the reward can visit this link; http://wildhor.se/2epCqhn

    However to date, no tips leading to the suspect’s apprehension have been received. This week, ARM Investigations, which is closely tied to the fight to protect the Salt River Wild Horses as a coalition partner of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, decided boldly to match the existing reward fund.

    ARM is in the business of fighting extreme animal cruelty and was created to investigate, expose and derail some of the most untouchable animal cruelty in America today. ARM’s investigations have brought hundreds of illegal animal slaughter operations to their knees. The organization also focuses on conservation programs, including the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros.

    Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto, ARM Founder and President stated, “In our experience, in cases that have become stagnant, we found that offering an extremely large reward often succeeded in bringing a crucial tip forward. These kind of despicable acts upon animals, in this case the innocent and cherished Salt River wild horses, are unacceptable and taking a stance is a moral and societal obligation to do the right thing; in addition we hope it will discourage and any future heinous acts against the Salt River wild horses”.

    “The coward who shot these innocent and beloved wild horses needs to be brought to justice,” added Simone Netherlands, President of the SRWHMG. “We are so thankful to our coalition partners and to Sherrif Joe Arpaio and MCSO and are hopeful that this spectacular amount of reward money will bring forth and encourage the tip that leads to the shooter’s arrest and conviction. Somebody knows exactly what happened, and that person can ensure that justice is served while receiving a financial reward at the same time.”

    Background: On Friday, Oct. 21 at about 6 p.m., according to MCSO, a witness saw a man wearing black shorts and a dark green shirt shooting three Salt River wild horses. The witness saw one of the horses flailing in the river, and observed two other horses get hit with rounds from a rifle or shotgun. The suspect chased after the horses as they fled. Two other individuals are believed to have been with the person who shot the horses.

    On Saturday, Oct. 22 the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group found a Salt River wild horse, – a 6-month foal named Kai – dead, with gunshot wounds to the side of his neck and head. Two other horses in the same family band appeared to have possible small bullet wounds but survived and are recovering on their own.

    Anyone with information about the shooting can call either the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group at 480-868-9301
    or the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office at 602-876-1011.

    ### The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is an Arizona non-profit organization. The SRWHMG is dedicated to protect, monitor and study the Salt River wild horses. The SRWHMG has been spearheading the effort to secure lasting protections for this iconic and beloved wild horse herd in the Tonto National Forest.
    ### Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) is a Miami based non-profit organization. ARM is dedicated to investigating, exposing and shutting down illegal and extreme animal cruelty operations including those involved in the black market horse meat trade, illegal animal slaughter farms and fighting operations.

    For interview requests with ARMs Founder, Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto, please contact Taylor at taylor@arminvestigations.org

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    On Friday 21st October, 2016, a band of wild horses that peacefully resides along the banks of the Salt River in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, were targeted and shot at by a heartless person. Whilst two of the horses survived the ambushed attack, Kai- a six month old foal was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. In a bizarre and sickening twist of events, Kai was also found mutilated of his genitals.

    After this news came to light local people were outraged residents. This is not the first time that the wild horses of Salt River have been shot at and injured. In-fact, volunteers of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) who are on the river daily, suspect that these majestic horses are being hunted. Ironically, almost a year ago to this shooting, a wild horse by the name of ‘Dotty’ was found dead from three shots to the head and one shot to the shoulder. Two other horses also met the same fate and a pattern appears to be emerging given the hunting season period. It is important to note that prior to the Salt River wild horses garnering media attention, 1-2 horses a year were reported shot and killed.

    Whilst the Maricopa Sheriff’s department has been working hard to find the culprit, no strong leads have surfaced to date. Witnesses identified a description of the man as wearing black shorts and a green shirt. In its efforts to enhance the search and arrest of the guilty offenders, The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG), which ARM is a coalition partner of, has headed a reward for the arrest and conviction of the horse killers. ARM has offered to match the reward that is raised in the hopes to not only catch the killer, but to set an example of their actions and to set the stage that such behavior and harassment towards these beloved wild horses will not go unpunished.

    The two remaining horses who were also shot at, are currently being monitored closely and have been acknowledged as incurring wounds, possibly from the bullet ricochets. The SRWHMG and their volunteers are on the Salt River daily to ensure their safety and determine if they will need to be brought in to be treated.

    The public still has a chance to add to the reward by doing to the Go Fund Me page, which ARM will then match.

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    Gracia Maria Clothing



    Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach-based designer Gracia Maria today revealed the fully re-imagined, consciously-created, cruelty-free adaptation of her eponymously named fashion and lifestyle brand, Gracia Maria. The all-vegan brand of handcrafted indie-chic footwear; custom created multi-use mandala tapestry; and hand embroidered bags will be made available online in December of 2016 at GraciaMariaPB.com, and Etsy.com. Gracia’s current line of refused fabrics is available on her website also.

    Gracia Maria was first established in 2014 as a brand inspired from a lifetime of travels and a coastal bohemian lifestyle. Although even then, Gracia was dedicated to sourcing recycled leathers and consciously sourced materials, her respect and appreciation for all living creatures inspired her to rebuild her brand to offer solely vegan designer wear and lifestyle products.

    Gracia Maria Clothing

    “I believe that until we expand our compassion and respect for all living creatures we will not live in harmony or find peace”

    Gracia Maria

    garcia-maria-logoThe new Gracia Maria line of cruelty-free footwear features a collection of gladiators, flats, boots, and sandals, all within a neutral, earth tone color palette with rich, colorful accents, such as tassels, beading, pom poms and fringe.  The entire line was created with materials of recycled leather, jute, durable threads, and jean.  Upon each pair of shoes, one of several spiritual mantras, such as the Om Shanti, which is the mantra meaning peace for all human kind, can be found inscribed on the soul. For every product purchased, Gracia will donate a percentage of proceeds to the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), a non-profit investigative organization dedicated to eliminating severe animal cruelty operations worldwide. Every purchase will also be accompanied by a handwritten note from Gracia explaining the meaning of that mantra, as well her expression of gratitude for the compassionate, humanitarian decision made for purchasing a vegan product and for the donation it has made to the welfare of animals.

    gracia-maria-2In addition to its fundamental offerings of fashion-forward footwear, Gracia Maria has expanded, for the first time featuring a full line of vegan lifestyle products, including handcrafted bags, women’s spiritual Mantra cotton tees, and herown customized version of the mandala tapestry, the Wanderer Rag.

    Gracia’s eclectic line of handbags are made with a variety of materials and finishes, bringing together wool, rope, jute, recycled leather, coins, and mirrors, to create an innovative collection- from a pom-pom fringed beach basket, to a weekend traveler, to a selection of clutches and everyday bag-  each  also embroidered with a spiritual mantra.

    Gracia’s custom-created, versatile Wanderer Rags were designed to provide warmth, comfort and cover for a variety of life’s colorful experiences.  Made with terry fabric on one side and sarong on the other, the ultra-lightweight traveling tapestries come in round or square, in double or personal size, and in a variety of colorful prints and patterns.  Each Wanderer Rag also comes embroidered with the brand’s signature spiritual mantra.

    Gracia Maria also works in partnership with the Santa Monica Women’s Prison in Peru, providing the prison’s female inmates the opportunity to earn a wage for production support, which in turn can be used to finance their own line of shoes to then sell to the public, thereby increasing support to their children and families.

    About Gracia Maria

    Gracia was born in Lima, Peru into a family of fashion moguls. Her grandfather was a shoemaker and owner of one of the largest tanneries in Peru and her mother was the editor of a high-end fashion magazine. Gracia herself entered the industry at an early age when, at just 16, she started traveling the world as a fashion model, gathering experiences along the way that inspired her creative desires and influenced her design aesthetic. She moved to Palm Beach in 2002, where she resides today with her muse, young son, Thomasito. After a year of planning, designing and building up a team of craftsman and industry experts, Gracia returned to Peru in 2014 to open her workshop and create the cruelty-free fashion and lifestyle brand that exists today as Gracia Maria, which is supported in Peru by design partner Mercedes Salem, whose 10+ years in South America’s high fashion scene ensures the Gracia Mariabrand continues to gain exposure among key industry influencers- both internationally and domestically. Learn more at www.GraciaMariaPB.com or follower her footsteps at #walkwithgrace.

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