Each spring, the Aquarium and the conservation-focused residents of South Carolina gather together to demonstrate their commitment to preserving and protecting the beauty of the natural world . The Aquarium's largest annual fund-raiser will commemorate these core efforts while transforming a simple tent into a glorious ballroom on Liberty Square.
This year's Gala will take place on April 27, 2013. The theme– Oceans– is an appropriate metaphor for this immersive event, as guests will walk away feeling they have explored our waters throughout the night. The evening will include cocktails, seated dinner, performances and a 9 o'clock After Affair inside the Aquarium. In keeping with tradition, we will honor a recipient who continues to demonstrate his commitment to conservation and sustaining our natural world with the Environmental Stewardship Award.
Tables of 10 and sponsorships are available for purchase beginning at the $3,000 level. For information, please call Tanya Fitzgerald at (843) 579-8540 or email TFitzgerald@scaquarium.org.
2013 Environmental Award Recipient
Robert "Ted" Turner III is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is best known as the founder of the cable television network CNN, the first dedicated 24-hour cable news channel. In addition to CNN, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television. As a philanthropist, he is well known for his $1 billion gift to support U.N. causes, which created the United Nations Foundation, a public charity that broadens support for the U.N. Turner serves as the Chairman of the board of directors for the foundation. In 1990, he created the Turner Foundation, which focuses on philanthropic grants in the areas of the environment and population. Also in that year, he created the character Captain Planet, an environmental superhero. Turner produced two TV series featuring Captain Planet. Turner's passion for the environment has deemed him the privilege of being one of 12 Ocean Elders, world-wide, that impact conservation of the ocean and its wildlife. Through Turner Enterprises, he owns 15 ranches in Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota totaling 1,910,000 acres – making him the largest individual land-owner in North America. According to his Ted's Montana Grill website, "Turner Enterprises' mission is to manage Turner lands in an economically sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner, while conserving native species."
"I am deeply honored to receive the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award from the South Carolina Aquarium. South Carolina is a very special place for my family, and we strive to be good stewards of the land locally and globally. It's crucial that we work to save everything, from our oceans and wildlife to our rainforests and marshlands. A healthy planet is the most important gift we can give to our children and grandchildren." -Ted Turner