The New Mexico Gulf Oil Crisis Benefit - Ocean Futures Society (OFS) of JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU

The Historic El Rey Theater will be hosting a benefit to raise funds for two key organizations involved in helping with the Gulf Oil Crisis. We invite you to please join us in support of the efforts of those who are working underwater and above in the Gulf of Mexico.
Where: Albuquerque:
The Historic El Rey Theater
622 Central Ave., S. W.
(Downtown 7th and Central)

When: Saturday September 25, 2010

Time: Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm

Price: $30 Advance
$35 At the Door

Age Restriction: All Ages

This evening’s benefit will include:
• A live auction of beautiful artwork and jewelry; articles start at a minimum bid of one hundred dollars, and have been specifically created for this benefit by some of Albuquerque’s finest artists, including RANDY COOPER, RIHA ROTHBERG, NANCE MCMANUS, MARY SWEET, NICK ABDALLA, DIANA STETSON, BUNNY BOWEN, DAVID DRUMMOND, CATE CLARK, CARRIE VONDERHAAR and NANCY YOUNG. Also we are delighted to announce that we will be auctioning off an Epiphone SG Guitar, autographed by BUDDY GUY and B.B. KING - especially for this benefit!
• An exclusive SHORT FILM on the Gulf Spill – showing scenes underwater and above - edited and created specifically to be screened at The Historic El Rey Theater. Narrated in person by marine biologist for JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU, Holly Lohuis, the film explores the issues, the wildlife, the rescue efforts, locals’ perspectives, and the hope for a brighter energy future resulting from this spill.

Holly Lohuis, expedition team member and marine biologist with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society (OFS), the narrator of the film, has been onsite in the Gulf since the spill began. She has explored and traveled the globe with Cousteau working in countless underwater habitats, from Fiji to the Amazon, Alaska to the St. Lawrence River, and many, many more. Working for Cousteau gives Holly the opportunity to be a voice for the ocean, which unfortunately cannot speak for itself. Jean-Michel Cousteau continues to be one of our planet’s most respected and influential voices for the ocean.
• We will also have The Blue Rhythm Boys; Fat Paul & Gator blues bands and David Feldberg and The Church of Beethoven Players, hors d'oevres, and cocktails (for purchase). Our Auctioneer will be Gary D. Williams, Vice President, Well Fargo Bank. We plan on having a really fun, interesting, and empowering evening, and expect that the benefit will raise the spirits of attendees, raise the consciousness of the community, and raise some much needed money to help the wildlife victims ravaged by the oil spill.
The proceeds from the event will fund Ocean Futures Society (OFS) of JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU, who is working hard to ensure proper documentation of the spill and thus a hope for a brighter future. The proceeds will also help fund the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program (LMMSTRP – part of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas/New Orleans), which is the primary responder in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of all marine mammals and sea turtles along the Louisiana coast. Proceeds are to help support the ongoing "on-the-ground" operations of LMMSTRP, whose workers and volunteers are actively rescuing sea turtles, and marine mammals, and help fund OFS's expedition team who are documenting the crisis and its effects, the critical connection between humans and nature in the Gulf Spill, and covering the stories that need to be told in order to educate individuals (us) to act responsibly by making decisions in our daily lives that protect our fragile planet.

We hope this event will empower a public that currently feels quite unempowered, allowing us to lend a hand and make a difference in the Gulf by educating ourselves, asking questions, and becoming acquainted with the Gulf’s people, wildlife, and spill issues.
Ticket info will be available at http://elreytheater.com.
Historic El Rey Theater and Puccini Productions a 501(c)(3) Corporation, P.O. Box 3025, Albuquerque, NM 87190 505-242-2353

Event Date & Time: 
26 September 2010
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