Monday, July 16th, 2018

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EcoWatch Green Gala

Michael Liebeskind and Ann Thompson
(Green Gala)

Stefani Schaefer with Dan and Jacque Jovic
(Green Gala)

Philippe Cousteau and Stefanie Spear
(Green Gala)

  “Green Gala”

     Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Captain Jacques Cousteau, was the guest speaker at the Green Gala benefit for EcoWatch.
    The event at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven drew more than 500 people including some 130 students from 15 Northeast Oho school districts. Mr. Cousteau is chief ocean correspondent for the “Animal Planet” and “Planet Green” channels. Through the generosity of the Burning River Foundation, each student received a copy of Mr. Cousteau’s book “Going Blue: a Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands.”
    Musicians Tom Shaper and Rob Williams provided entertainment during the silent auction of predominantly eco-friendly items. WKYC TV3 Environmental News Reporter Maureen Kyle was emcee for the program that began with EcoWatch Founder and Executive Director Stefanie Spear acknowledging board members and thanking the more than 30 event sponsors.
    “Two nights ago, I was in a tent on the Arctic Ocean where it was 53 degrees below zero,” began Mr. Cousteau who was part of an exploration team filming a documentary scheduled to air in July. “The Arctic Ocean is the smallest but most important ocean on the plant because it’s our ‘air-conditioning’ unit. Our global climate is largely driven by what happens in and with the Arctic Ocean.”
    At the end of the presentation, Stefanie gave Mr. Cousteau a diver’s watch, a gift from Linda Silver of Mann Jewelers. Stefanie hoped the event would raise upwards of $50,000. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE    

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