Seattle fundraiser assisted Gulf Coast Restoration

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With so many heart-wrenching videos of oil-covered pelicans and damaged livelihoods pouring from the Gulf Coast, it might be tempting to turn a blind eye, but for one reason: Groups of thoughtful and committed citizens can make a difference.

On Thursday, July 15, 2010, at Columbia Tower Club on the 76th floor of Columbia Center, more than 300 residents of the Seattle region convened to make just such a difference. They raised a net of almost $7,000 benefiting The Nature Conservancy and its effort to restore the Gulf Coast to a pristine state. The fundraiser received coverage from KOMO 4 News, Q13 Fox News, The Seattle Times, and numerous local blogs. The organizers included Flavor of Seattle, Stigmare Couture Marketing & Product Development and Marianna Veress of MVMGR Real Estate Services.

I interviewed Victor Lombardi, Marketing Consultant of Flavor of Seattle, about the results of the rescue. During the interview, Lombardi also revealed Flavor of Seattle’s plans for future charitable giving:



Staged at the top of the tallest skyscraper in Seattle, the rescue gave a spectacular view of the Puget Sound, which attendees admired in between conversations and Hors d’œuvres. Midway through the event, Kathy Fletcher, Executive Director of People for Puget Sound, gave an impassioned reminder that Puget Sound is at risk and unprepared to deal with oil spills:

You can make a difference of your own in the Gulf Coast and in Western Washington:

  • Donate to the Nature Conservancy’s Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration.
  • Write to your representative in the Washington State Legislature.
  • Visit People for Puget Sound to learn about threats to Puget Sound and to sign to be an activist.
  • In my next post, I will have a video interview with the CEO of Stigmare Couture Marketing & Product Development, Steven Matsumoto, who will explain the crucial role social media played in promoting the Oil Spill Wildlife Rescue.

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