On a beautiful, warm night in the Hollywood Hills, Sea Shepherd crew were joined by actress Darryl Hannah, Persia White, Emily Deschanel, Cindy Landon, Rosetta Getty, celebrity photographer Michael Muller, world famous artist Gary Baseman, among others, including Skinny Bitch author and emcee for the evening, Rory Freedman.
The crowd was gathered for a very special "unveiling," and celebration of Sea Shepherd’s new vessel, the Ady Gil. Formerly known as the Earthrace, the ship will accompany the Steve Irwin on our 2009/2010 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign Operation Waltzing Matilda. The crowd of over 300 guests roared their approval, as Ady Gil, the donor who made this possible, pulled back the curtain on a poster bearing an image of the vessel with it’s new paint job and name. Captain Paul Watson gave a brief speech, and then Ady Gil himself shared his story that began with helping rescued turkeys, and ended by meeting with Captain Paul Watson to work out an agreement in order to help purchase the Earthrace vessel to assist Sea Shepherd.
Guests enjoyed food donated by Veggie Grill, sipped cocktails sponsored by Pama, Hypnotiq, Corallejo Tequila and others, while learning about the different ways they could further support the upcoming campaign. These included "purchasing" items for the Ady Gil, such as fuel and other provisions, or buying a whale sticker - 985 in all to represent the 985 whale quota of the Japanese - with all funds raised going toward operations of our Antarctic campaign.
Says Captain Watson, "We are very excited that the Ady Gil will be joining the Steve Irwin in Antarctica this campaign. With these two ships, we will mount the most ambitious and aggressive effort to date to obstruct the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean.”
Sea Shepherd extends a huge thank you to Ady Gil for his help in purchasing this ship, and to all the guests at this event who gave generously to support our campaign. Special thanks go to Shannon Mann, who co-produced the event with Susan Weingartner, and to James Costa for once again opening his home to Sea Shepherd. Thank you's to Fiona McQuiag, Colin Biroc, Sonia Deza and Crystal Galbraith for their volunteer support, as well as the other volunteers, including photographer Denise Borchert, who all helped to make the evening a success.
all photos credit: Denise Herrick Borchert