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First up, EcoWatch’s Third Annual Green Gala fundraiser on April 8 featuring keynote speaker Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of Captain Jacques Cousteau. EcoWatch is an Ohio-based nonprofit dedicated to providing a voice for grassroots environmental organizations and activists working to better our planet. EcoWatch has served Ohio for more than five years through its bimonthly newspaper EcoWatch Journal, which is distributed for free throughout the state with a readership of 100,000 per issue.
The Green Gala will be at Executive Caterers, 6111 Landerhaven Dr., in Mayfield Hts. Philippe Cousteau continues his father’s and grandfather’s work of protecting the planet’s water through his advocacy and his organization EarthEcho International. Cousteau is the chief ocean correspondent for Animal Planet and Planet Green channels, where he works on various ocean and water-focused documentary programs. He is the chief spokesman for Environmental Education for Discovery Education—the number one provider of K-12 broadband-delivered educational content to U.S. schools. Cousteau serves on the board of directors of the Ocean Conservancy, Marine Conservation Biology Institute and National Environmental Education Foundation, as well as the advisory board of Discovery Communications Inc.’s Planet Green.
Cousteau is the author of Going Blue, a handbook that seeks to inform youths about the issues surrounding our waters and provide the strategies and examples they need to see themselves as change agents. The book is divided into the five stages of service learning—investigation, preparation, action, reflection and demonstration. Teenagers will get an opportunity to meet Cousteau at a pre-event the evening of the Green Gala and receive a copy of the award-winning Going Blue handbook. EcoWatch is partnering with companies to help sponsor tables of students at the event.
In addition to learning about ways to help save a precious planetary resource, those attending the Gala will also learn more about the Great Lakes watershed and be updated on the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster last year. Emcee for the evening will be Cleveland’s Maureen Kyle, a reporter and anchor for WKYC-TV 3.
Tickets for EcoWatch’s Green Gala can be purchased at www.ecowatch.org or 216-387-1609. Tickets are $100 ($75 tax-deductible). Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dinner, drink ticket, silent auction items, live jazz and Philippe Cousteau’s presentation to support the efforts of EcoWatch.
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