ATLANTA – The Captain Planet Foundation presented its annual Benefit Gala (captainplanetf.wpengine.com/benefitgala), one of the Southeast’s largest eco-benefits, on Dec. 8 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. The charitable evening (6:00-9:30 p.m.) recognizes people for extraordinary environmental stewardship and change-making and raises funds for the Foundation’s mission to support hands-on environmental projects and environmental learning strategies through grant giving and Foundation programs.
Mark Ruffalo, actor (currently filming “Avengers: Infinity War” in Atlanta), filmmaker, environmentalist and climate change activist, received the Superhero for Earth award for his dedication to renewable energy transformation. Joel Sartore, world-renowned animal photographer, conservationist and founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark, received the Exemplar award for his tireless commitment to documenting the planet’s biodiversity. Ta’Kaiya Blaney, 13-year-old actor, singer and environmental activist received the Young Superhero for Earth award. CNN anchor Christi Paul emceed.
“Green carpet” arrivals included media mogul Ted Turner and actor/activist Jane Fonda. Guests mingled with celebrities and civic leaders, enjoyed live musical entertainment by Blaney, bid on stellar live and silent auction items featuring one-of-a-kind trips and eco-luxury experiences, and enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner.
The Gala’s premiere sponsors were Delta Air Lines and the Isdell Family Foundation. Presenting sponsors were Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed; Jane Smith Turner Foundation; Turner Broadcasting System; Turner Foundation, Inc.; and Pratt Industries. Sustaining partners were Dole Packaged Foods, LLC; The Coca-Cola Company; The Walt Disney Studios; Novelis; Drummond; Eventologie; Great Range Bison; Level Growth, LLC; Ray C. Anderson Foundation; and Voya Financial. Gala co-chairs were Cara Isdell Lee, Kiki Goshay and Susan Van Liere.