Every Year the Captain Planet Foundation hosts a holiday Benefit Gala at the Georgia Aquarium.  The charitable evening raises funds for the Foundation’s programs, which promote and support high-quality educational projects that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate their world through hands-on environmental stewardship projects that improve the environment in their schools and communities.  The  “Green carpet” included media mogul Ted Turner and Gala Co-Chair Natalie Allen (CNN International anchor), Monica Pearson [Journalist],  .  American-Canadian pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Atlanta-based alternative folk band Von Grey, four sisters ages 13, 16, 17 and 18 performed live in the Aquarium Ballroom. Erin Brockovich, consumer advocate and author, who was the force behind the largest environmental injury settlement in U.S. history [Julia Roberts Movie] came to show support, receive an award and headline the gala.

The Captain Planet Foundation presented awards to others like Charles Orgbon III, a Hoschton, Ga. high school sophomore and CEO of Greening Forward, a company he founded when he was 11 and which provides environmental advocacy, action resources to thousands of young people around the world. Tom Szaky, of Princeton, N.J., founder and CEO of TerraCycle, David Suzuki, Ph.D., and Tara Cullis, Ph.D. [David Suzuki Foundation] and a few others.

Presenting sponsors include Pratt Industries, Davis Pickren Seydel & Sneed, the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, and the Turner Foundation; Humanitarian Partner is Georgia Power.  Sustaining partners include Affari, BFG, Bold American Events, Cartoon Network, Crawford Media Services, Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Dole Food Company, Level Growth, Carol and Andy Muller, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Ted’s Montana Grill, TR Digital, Verizon, W Atlanta Downtown, and the United Nations Foundation.

About the Captain Planet Foundation: 

Based on the critically-acclaimed animated series “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” CPF was co-founded in 1991 by media mogul Ted Turner and producer Barbara Pyle.  Since then, the Captain Planet Foundation has played a critical role in helping to ensure that the next generation of business leaders and policy makers are environmentally literate citizens who leverage technology and information to manage and protect the land, air and water.

CPF is a grant-making foundation that has distributed more than $2.5 million to fund over 1,700 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 23 countries internationally. More than one million children have directly participated in and benefited from these educational projects.  In addition to its Small Grants Program, the Captain Planet Foundation also supports its Learning Gardens Program, Planeteer Clubs after-school program, and a number of other science education initiatives.  For more information:  www.captainplanetfdn.org.

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