Green Carpet Benefit
Screening of our short film, iThemba, narrated by our honorary guest, Emmy Award-winning actor, Ed Asner
Friday, December 12th 2014
Mesa Lounge, 725 Baker St.
On December 12th, 2014 we hosted our first Green Carpet Benefit at Mesa Lounge in Costa Mesa, California, which included the premiere of our anticipated call-to-action PSA iThemba (the Zulu word for “hope”), narrated by 6 time Emmy Award-winning actor and dedicated activist, Ed Asner.
Guests arrived to a green carpet and had the opportunity to have their photographs taken in front of a Generation Awakening back drop. On their way in, they were greeted with a glass of champagne and hand-passed appetizers. Sticking with the environmental and animal friendly-theme, all of the food served for the evening was vegan and delicious (bruschetta, mushroom tempura, fried olives and vegan sliders). Prior to the PSA screening, the guests had the opportunity to bid on the silent auction pieces. The silent-auction showcased items donated by Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, LSTN Headphones, Paddleboard Bliss, Yard House, custom-shaped surfboards, an African Safari trip package and much more.
The highlight of the evening was the screening of iThemba and witnessing the audience’s positive response to the film. Like its title, iThemba’s focus is on reminding our society that it is entirely up to us to decide the outcome of the poaching crisis in Africa. The fate of the elephants, rhinos and lions is in our hands; “it is up to you and me to decide: who lives, and who dies”. There is hope for all of the endangered species on our planet, hope because humans are the reason they are in danger in the first place. We have to join together, collectively, to reverse the damage we have caused, and it can be done, “the paths we choose today will decide the fate of the future”.
We have received endless positive feedback on both the event itself, as well as on iThemba and we cannot wait to share the film with the world when we release it virally on January 20th, 2015. Here at Generation Awakening, we are confident that iThemba’s impact will be far-reaching, and we need the support of all of you to help make it happen—please share iThemba with everyone you know! “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.
Generation Awakening is beyond grateful to everyone that came out to support wildlife conservation. We are pleased to announce that, with your help and generosity, and with the support of our wonderful auction-donors, we raised an estimated total of over $8,000 for conservation efforts! If you were unable to attend our green carpet screening you can watch our PSA iThemba here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GenerationAwakeTV which we will be launching on January 20th, 2015.
Thank you for all of your support in the past, present and future and stay tuned for future events and projects!
Special thanks to the following:
Andy Nethery (editor)
Amboseli Trust for Elephants
Bradley Trevor Greive
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Just Food For Dogs
Fig + Olive
R & D Kitchen
PRP Wine International
Paradise ORAC Energy
Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa
Aquarium of the Pacific
Ballard & Ballard
William Harold & Sons
Zulu Nyala South Africa Photo Safari
September 17, 2015
Monarch Beach Golf Links, Dana Point
Check out the thank you video our ranger's team leader Raabia Hawa made for us to debut at the golf tournament. We are so happy to support their efforts to stop poaching and protect wildlife. They work tirelessly every day out in the field removing snares, conducting rescues, and tracking and capturing poachers. We are beyond grateful for their dedication, perseverance and LOVE for wildlife.
Golf Tournament for Wildlife
About The Event
Our speaker, Prince Harris Pem's Taga is the founder of 'Friends of Maasai Mara', a native Maasai, and a lifelong advocate for living sustainably with nature and wildlife. Harris’s goal is to teach young people about their rich wildlife heritage and to engage his home community around the Maasai Mara National Preserve to protect wildlife and the local ecosystem for future generations.
This event is in collaboration with our friends, Global March for Elephants & Rhinos and In Defense of Animals, both organizations which do incredible work.