Thursday, July 22, 2010

ACT NOW fundraiser for Gulf mammals & turtles

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 2:25 PM

ACT NOW (Artists Coming Together, Nurturing Our World) will present “ACT NOW for the Gulf,” a fundraising art auction to benefit the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program coordinated by the Audubon Nature Institute.

The event will take place at The Foundry, 333 St. Joseph St., on Friday, July 30, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More than 30 regionally and nationally recognized artists have come together to donate works of art in an effort to do their part to help the wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

The nonprofit organization Artists ACT NOW was formed in response to artists wanting to help in the wake of the BP Gulf oil catastrophe. ACT NOW teamed up with Audubon Nature Institute and the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program and began preparations for the first benefit art show, "ACT NOW for the Gulf.”

The rescue program has been designated as the primary responder for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of all marine mammals (dolphins, whales and manatees) and sea turtles along the Louisiana coast.

“We’re eager to partner with Artists ACT NOW for this fundraiser,” says Ron Forman, President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute. “Audubon is thankful for the generous support received from many organizations across the country to help the Gulf coast region.”

The mission of Artists ACT NOW is to draw from the talents and compassion of artists across the globe to provide aid and relief to anyone and anything in need as a result of man-made or natural catastrophes.

The event will feature donated works by artists with both regional and national recognition including: Aubrey Edwards, Charles Merrell, Doug Keese, Jason DuMouchel, Sean Friloux, Karen Ocker, Kristin Littwin Gile, Tim Trapolin, Chris Kirsch, Christopher Morrison Slave, Brian Bush, Anne Cicero and many more...

Food and drink vendors include The Bombay Club and Couchon Butcher and PJ’s Coffee. Live music will be provided by The New Orleans Moonshiners.

Tickets are $30.00 per person and can be purchased online at www.artistsactnow.org (click on ACT NOW for The Gulf) or at PJ’s Coffee at 5432 Magazine St.

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