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6th annual Reef Rescue Gala to honor Greg MacGillivray


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Greg MacGillivray to Receive Prestigious Environmental Award At Reef Rescue 2008 Gala

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 November, 2008 : - - The Reef Check Foundation, the world’s largest reef conservation organization, will host the 6th annual Reef Rescue 2008 Gala to raise awareness about the global coral reef crisis and marine conservation solutions. The gala will be held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm.

This year’s exclusive event will honor Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films and the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation for their deep commitment to ocean conservation.

He will receive the coveted 2008 Spirit of the Reef Award for documenting the beauty and fragility of the reefs and oceans in IMAX films such as Coral Reef Adventure and The Living Sea. In addition to his blockbuster “Everest,” Greg has over 30 large format films to his credit, and is also well known for his 1972 surf classic, “Five Summer Stories.”

In celebration of the International Year of the Reef, guests at Reef Rescue 2008 will enjoy special interactive reef exhibits from six of the 90 countries where Reef Check operates. Including Hawaiian hula dancers, a Fijian henna tattoo artist, Chinese fortune sticks, Caribbean pirate treasure, Reef Check scuba divers performing in the main aquarium tank, native Australian didgeridoo, the Year of the Reef Song and cuisine from reef nations around the world.

Reef Check celebrity supporters include Cameron Diaz, Kelly Slater, Daryl Hannah, honorary Board Chair Leonardo DiCaprio, and ten time Olympic gold medal champion Carl Lewis. Previous honorees have included Jean-Michel Cousteau and Dr. Sylvia Earle. Exotic tropical vacations will be featured in live and silent auctions showcasing one-of-a-kind items such as celebrity poker nights and a Catalina dive with Hawai’ian film star Kelly Hu.

Corporate sponsors include, Anne Crawley Photographs, Body Glove, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Las Olas Wine, MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, Nova Ortho-Med, The Castle Press, Toyota of Glendale, Surfer’s Journal,, Manthiri, Nai’a and the Quiksilver Foundation.

For tickets contact Reef Check at 310-230-2371 and go to http//

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Sarah Lalau

Environment - Surfersvillage


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