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FEATURED EVENT BAL DE LA MER The International SeaKeepers Society presents the SeaKeeper Award in Monte Carlo 1 The International SeaKeepers Society held their 2014 Bal de la Mer event on Sept. 26 at the Yacht Club de Monaco in Monte Carlo. SeaKeepers is a non-profit organization founded by a small group of yacht owners committed to preserving and restoring our planet’s oceans. Bal de la Mer is Seakeepers’ annual signature event at which they present their prestigious SeaKeeper Award to an individual who has shown extraordinary commitment to marine preservation. This year’s SeaKeeper Award honoree was Wendy Benchley, a globally recognized leader in ocean and shark conservation. Benchley’s decadeslong commitment to marine activism includes 28 years with the Environmental Defense Fund. She is actively involved in the conservation community, including marine policymaking in Washington, D.C., and she co-founded the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards™ in honor of her late husband. This year’s Bal de la Mer was hosted by an honorary committee consisting of notable women who embody the spirit of marine advocacy. Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, was Honorary Committee Chair. Patty Elkus is a Founding Member of SeaKeepers and the Founding Chair of Women In Yachting and Ocean Advocacy. The committee hosted more than 200 guests, who enjoyed a video highlighting SeaKeepers’ work in 2014 thus far and received an invitation to a discussion led by Benchley at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco the evening before. 2 4 6 Photos by Pamela Jones 1/ Michael Moore, SeaKeepers Board of Directors Chairman, Richard Snow, President & CEO of SeaKeepers & Wendy Benchley 2/ Gregory & Katerina Stassinopoulos 3/ Wendy Benchley, Honoree of SeaKeepers Award, Maria Damanaki - honorary committee chair & Hermann Moscoso – creator of SeaKeeper Award 4/ Maria Damanaki & Richard Snow 5/ Frank & Sally Atlass 6/ Leslie J. Lott, Michael Moore, Michael Moore Jr. & Doris Moore 7/ Sandra Yawn, Norma Trease & Claudia Potamkin 8/ Julian Chang, SeaKeepers Board of Director & Sandra Chang 9/ Christina Sorenson Lotter, a SeaKeepers Founding member, & Kathy Kennedy, Director of Marketing for Fleet Miami 146 november/december 2014 southfloridaluxuryguide.com 3 5 7 8 9


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