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Jean-Michel Cousteau to Headline Event in Anchorage

Renowned marine explorer to appear at Alaska Marine Gala

Seward, AK – January 5, 2010–The Alaska SeaLife Center will welcome marine explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau as the featured speaker at its first-ever Alaska Marine Gala on Sunday, January 17th at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

Jean-Michel Cousteau learned to understand and appreciate the world’s oceans during his childhood aboard boats and underwater with his late father, Jacques Cousteau, the inventor of SCUBA gear. To honor his heritage, in 1999 Jean-Michel founded the Ocean Futures Society, a nonprofit organization that promotes marine conservation and education.

Cousteau has produced over 70 films, and has been awarded the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7d’Or (France’s equivalent of the Emmy), and the cable ACE award. Through the Ocean Futures Society, he continues to produce “Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventure” specials for PBS, along with books, magazine articles, newspaper columns, and multi-media programs for schools.

In addition to Cousteau’s presentation, the Alaska Marine Gala will feature a gourmet dinner, awards to Alaska’s Ocean Leaders in education, research, media and industry, a limited auction led by Master of Ceremonies John Tracy, and dancing to Tracy’s band “Chill Factor.”  The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m.  Major sponsors include BP, ExxonMobil, and Mead Treadwell, and all proceeds will benefit educational programs and internships at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Additional information and a complete sponsor list can be found at www.alaskasealife.org/alaskamarinegala.

According to SeaLife Center CEO Dr Ian Dutton, the gala will be a celebration of Alaska’s oceans.  “Alaska’s seas provide resources for many sectors of the state’s economy and are a key part of our overall quality of life.  We tend to take for granted the services they provide, and so the Gala is an opportunity to highlight the important role of Alaska’s marine ecosystem and the great work being done by Alaskans to better understand and sustain those values.”

Individual tickets and table sponsorships for the Alaska Marine Gala are still available, but remaining spaces are filling quickly. Members of the public can register via the website (www.alaskasealife.org/alaskamarinegala) or call Susheela Roach at (907) 224-6890. Advance purchase is required by January 13, 2010.


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The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit marine science facility dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation, conservation and public education. The Center's research facilities and naturalistic exhibits immerse visitors in the dynamic marine ecosystems of Alaska. Learn more at http://www.alaskasealife.org

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