09/16/2011 06:37 pm ET | Updated Nov 16, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray Proclaims ‘Hayden Panettiere Day'

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray held a proclamation ceremony Friday afternoon declaring "Hayden Panettiere Day" in the nation's capital.

The proclamation commends Panettiere's pro-statehood efforts, including her D.C. Statehood Fund video, and her attendance at the D.C. Delegation's informational event at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

District of Columbia Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss (D) attended the proclamation ceremony, as did Jeff Pantukhoff, president of the Whaleman Foundation, an anti-whaling group for which Panettiere is a spokeswoman.

Panettiere will be guest of honor at a D.C. Statehood Fund fundraiser Friday night at Cities Restaurant and Lounge.