FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Crockatt
Silent Auction Chair / ASPP Member
Phone: (310) 213-4352
WEST COAST PHOTOGRAPHY COMMUNITY
SWINGS INTO ACTION TO HELP GULF WILDLIFE FUND
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.; September 30, 2010: The American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) (www.aspp.com) is hosting a Silent Auction fundraiser to benefit the National Wildlife Federation’s Oil Spill Restoration Fund (NWF) (www.nwf.org/Home/Oil-Spill.aspx). Organized by ASPP’s West Coast Chapter, the event is on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Wildfire Studios, 640 South San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles from 6:30 to 10:00 PM.
“When the images of oiled wildlife hit the airwaves—as we sadly knew they would—our desire to do something positive for our oceans, coastlines and wetlands was overwhelming,” explained Lisa Crockatt, a Los Angeles-based photo industry member and the Chair of the Silent Auction. “Our local ASPP Chapter Board instantly embraced the idea of holding a Silent Auction and the Southern California photo community has been incredible. Everyone is stepping up and swinging into action to make this happen.” Sponsors include Samy’s Camera, liveBooks, Phase One, SanDisk, Lowepro, KATA, Castex, Omega Cinema Props, Epson, 4over, Inc., LetsGoGreen.biz, Burke Triolo, lynda.com, Waste Less Living, and The Hand Prop Room.
The evening is designed to be exciting and informative with a short documentary film provided by the NWF describing their efforts in the Gulf and the continued need for wildlife restoration. Fresh local food from Simple Gourmet (www.simple-gourmet.com), a local catering company, will prepare a delicious Cajun-style meal for all to enjoy. Napa Valley’s Trinity Oaks Vineyards is generously donating wine, a fantastic eco-friendly vintner that plants a tree for each bottle sold (www.onebottleonetree.com).
For the Auction, more than 40 printed original photographs are being donated, including works by Ralph Clevenger, Norbert Wu, Roy Toft, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Ian Shive, David Hall, Suzi Eszterhas, Richard Salas, J.T. Burke, Daniel J. Cox, Dan Gottlieb, Josh Miller, Mary Ann Melton, Cliff Nielsen, George Sanker, Ric Frazier, Thomas Wiewandt, Michael Weschler, Jim Wark, Jeff Vanuga, Shelly Goldstein, Siri Berting, and Frans Lanting. A preview of the photographs to be auctioned can be seen online at http://www.facebook.com/asppwestcoastsilentauction and http://asppsilentauction.wordpress.com.
“The money we raise directly helps the Gulf’s wildlife and breeding grounds,” said Ellen Herbert, ASPP West Coast Chapter Co-President and Silent Auction Committee Member. “The NWF’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund has declared this a Wildlife Emergency.”
The fundraiser and evening program aim to encourage others to see the importance of rebuilding and sustaining the fragile Gulf ecology. According to the NWF’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund team, “We’re tracking and reporting on the impacts of the oil spill, and our extensive network of volunteers is on-the-ground, supporting wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts and restoring the damaged coastal ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico. We’re working hard to safeguard the treasured wildlife and wild places that will be forced to deal with this disaster for years, if not decades to come. But we need your help to get the job done.”
Tickets for the event are being sold in advance and are $20.00/person for ASPP members and $25.00 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/am9mhG.
Space is limited by the venue’s capacity. Those not able to attend in person are encouraged to donate or bid through a proxy as all proceeds will go to the NWF’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund. The Silent Auction Committee has plenty of additional ways you can get involved. To lend your talents and hearts, please contact ASPP Los Angeles (firstname.lastname@example.org) and visit the Facebook site at www.facebook.com/asppwestcoastsilentauction or our blog at http://asppsilentauction.wordpress.com.
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About ASPP: ASPP is a community of image experts committed to sharing our experience and knowledge throughout the industry. We provide professional networking and educational opportunities. If you create, edit, license, manage or publish pictures, ASPP is the place for you.
About NWF: The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization. We work with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect with nature.