Humane Society to honor Sen. Cory Booker, singer Christina Grimmie at gala

The Humane Society of the United States will honor New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and slain singer Christina Grimmie at the non-profit’s annual Farm Animal Protection gala next month.

The organization’s To the Rescue! Gala this year will take place April 22 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, according to a release.

Booker will be recognized with the Humane Society’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for what a release calls his “stalwart dedication to animal protection” and support for animal welfare laws. Booker was previously named the “Hottest Vegetarian Senator” by PETA in 2013, and is now reportedly a vegan, according to US News & World Report.

Grimmie, who was killed in Orlando, Fla. last June, will be honored posthumously with the organization’s Impact Award, which the Human Society will present to the Grimmie family on behalf of Christina’s work raising awareness about animal welfare issues. Following her death last year, the Humane Society established the Christina Grimmie Animal Medical Fund, which helps pay veterinary costs for animals in need.

Actress (and University of Pennsylvania grad) Elizabeth Banks will present Booker with his award, while singer Rachel Platten will present the Grimmie family with Christina’s award. Platten will also perform at the gala, as will “Make Me” singer Noah Cyrus.

“These honorees inspire us to use our gifts to do good in the world,” Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle said of Booker and Grimmie in a release, “and we are so grateful to both of them.”