2014 Schedule of Events and Speakers
11:15 A.M. – Introduction to VegFest – Jeff Hampton
11:30 A.M. – Jill Fritz
12:45 P.M. – Daryl Hannah
2:00 P.M – John Salley
3:15 P.M. – Dr. Joel Kahn
Room 2 – Cooking Demonstrations
12:15 Jazzy Veggie
1:30 Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
2:45 Detroit Vegan Soul
Daryl Hannah has starred or acted in over 50 films such as Splash, Steel Magnolias and Kill Bill. She has been an effective, passionate activist and advocate for a more ethical, sustainable world for decades. Hannah chose a vegan lifestyle as another way to help the environment and slow the progression of climate change.
In addition to the inhumane treatment that animals receive in factory farms, Hannah points out that the farms are also “producing massive amounts of pollution and methane…which is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon.”
Hannah believes that switching to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is a simple and straightforward way that every person can lower his or her personal impact on the environment and animal suffering.
Most can achieve a goal and be pleasantly satisfied with their results but to continually create new tasks to accomplish and to reinvent yourself is the mark of a versatile and motivated individual. It is the definition of father, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, talk show host, philanthropist, wellness advocate, vegan and champion: John Salley.
A proud native of Brooklyn, New York, John found a love for basketball at an early age. He accepted a Basketball Scholarship to Georgia Tech to play for legendary head coach Bobby Cremins. From there Salley went on to become a 15-year NBA veteran and was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams. During the 80′s, Salley was a member of the Detroit Piston “Bad Boys” squad. Salley went on to Chicago playing with Michael Jordan as part of the Bulls 1996 championship team. In 1999, Phil Jackson invited Salley to come to Los Angeles to provide experience and leadership to the 1999-2000 Lakers’ championship team.
After his retirement from the NBA in 2000, Salley explored several opportunities in both television and film. John’s film credits include Bad Boys 1 & 2, Eddie and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Confession of a Shopaholic. John has served as host for numerous award shows and was also the host of The John Salley Block Party on 100.3 The Beat Morning Show in Los Angeles. John recently hosted the Reunion Shows of VH-1′s #1 rated show, Basketball Wives.
John spent 7 years serving as the co-host of the Emmy nominated, critically acclaimed “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” on Fox Sports Net. He was also the host of the sports talk show “Ballers” on BET. John is also the head of his own production company, John Salley Presents, Inc., where John uses his uncanny ability to find unique and interesting people and projects for television, film and Internet. In April 2011 until recently, John hosted his own talk show Game On! airing on The Reelz Channel. In addition, John was also a co-host on The Car Show, which aired on Speed Channel.
John is actively involved with Operation Smile, PETA and the fight against Diabetes. In addition, John is involved with PCRM and visited Washington in Nov ’09 and May ’10, speaking to Congress about the Child Nutrition Act, asking Members to support legislation that would increase vegetarian options in meals served in public schools.
John has adopted a plant based (raw vegan) lifestyle, and is a frequent speaker at VegFest’s across the USA. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to continue to educate people on the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle thru better eating habits. With a passion for real food, wine and spirits, John has contributed articles to Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and LA Confidential. You can follow John on Facebook, Twitter @thejohnsalley.com and his website, www.johnsalley.com. John currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Dr. Joel Kahn
Dr. Kahn is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and practices preventive cardiology in the greater Detroit area. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has been repeatedly selected as a Top Doc by Hour magazine, writes a popular blog for http://www.mindbodygreen.com/ and is Reader’s Digest Holistic Heart Doc columnist. He is a regular commentator on Fox Detroit TV. Dr. Kahn promotes a whole-foods plant-based lifestyle for heart health, along with other lifestyle strategies. Finally, his book, The Holistic Heart Book, is now available at http://www.holisticheart.com
Jill Fritz has a background in grassroots animal welfare advocacy. She joined the Humane Society of the United States in 2006 as the Minnesota/Wisconsin State Director, and is now the Michigan Senior State Director. Before returning to her native Midwest, Jill was a producer, director, and editor at San Diego public radio affiliate KPBS, winning 10 first-place journalism awards for her work. She was also president of San Diego Animal Advocates and worked on issues including the protection of captive and wild marine mammals, elephants in zoos and circuses, urban wildlife conflicts, the use of primates in research, and humane legislation.
Jeff Hampton is a graduate mechanical engineer with a minor in environmental sciences from Michigan State University. He developed his love for the environment at a young age, growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan and became involved in Dune Preservation and Restoration projects.
Long before it was fashionable to be green, Jeff designed and built his solar heated and cooled … house. Snug and warm in the middle of February, cool is August!!!
Fifteen years ago, Jeff adopted the Vegan, plant based, lifestyle for health reasons. As he studied the benefits of this lifestyle, he discovered the enormous, detrimental impact of the Standard American Diet …SAD on the environment. Animal agriculture is a curse on our planet. That is the bad news. The good news is that making the shift to a vegan, plant based lifestyle can have an enormous and immediate counter balance, making spaceship earth a far more hospitable place to live.
Jeff is an award winning presenter and competitor in the Toastmasters, International Speech Contest. Jeff’s presentations are entertaining, lively and engaging. Yes, it is possible to combine these elements into a presentation about food choices and the environment. Detailing the impact of factory farming on various eco systems .. land, water and air.
Change your life .. save the planet one bite at a time.
Jeff is a valued member of the Board of Directors for VegMichigan. He will start off an exciting day at VegFest with welcoming remarks, and an introduction to VegMichigan and VegFest. Jeff will also warmly welcome and introduce our nationally-acclaimed speakers.
Note: Information is subject to change.