As one of the largest environmental fundraising events in the Southeast, the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) will present the annual Benefit Gala, Friday, Dec. 9,  at the Georgia Aquarium. The charitable evening will raise funds for CPF’s mission to support environmental education through grant giving, inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.

Green carpet arrivals include Media Mogul, Ted Turner, 26-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Alison Krauss, Gala Co-Chairs Laura Turner Seydel and Elizabeth DuPree Lynch and Captain Planet Foundation Interim Executive Director Christina Stevens. Presenting sponsors include: Turner Foundation, Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power, JST Foundation, Pratt 100% Recycled and Xfinity.

Host Committee co-chairs include: Derek Jacoby, Ira Blumenthal, Beth Kytle, and Lewis Perkins. and their committee members include: Ginair & George McKerrow, Dr. Randy Rudderman & Jennifer Jiunta, Angela & Rhett Turner, Jennie & Peek Garlington, and Beau Turner. Patron Committee co-chairs are Barbara Pyle and Joanne Chesler Gross. The event auction chair is Phaedra Parks from The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Guests will mingle with high-profile celebrities and civic leaders, enjoy a musical performance from 26-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Alison Krauss, bid on live and silent auction items featuring one-of-a-kind trips and eco-luxury experiences, enjoy premium cocktails, and dinner by Wolfgang Puck. The event will also feature Captain Planet’s “Superhero for Earth Awards” given to individuals who help inform the public about eco education, sustainability and being responsible stewards of the environment. Dr. Sylvia Earle, dubbed “the Sturgeon General” for her world-renowned oceanography work will be in attendance to receive the CPF Exemplar Award.

For more than 20 years, the Captain Planet Foundation has brought together public agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, and foundations to help youth develop into environmental stewards – active individuals who participate, nationally and internationally, in projects that benefit their health, schools and communities.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.