In the face of a challenging merger with AOL, Time Warner decides to shut down the Captain Planet Foundation. Two of Atlanta’s most dedicated environmental activists, Laura Turner Seydel, the daughter of Ted Turner, and her husband Rutherford were so impassioned by the grassroots efforts of the Foundation to educate and empower youth that they saved the day by working with Time Warner to orchestrate the transition of the corporate foundation to a public charity. This same year, CPF adopts what had become a six-year, Atlanta holiday fundraising tradition, the X-MAS Party, as its annual fundraiser.