race for the oceans
Five-time Olympic gold medalist and Oceana spokeswimmer Aaron Peirsol has announced that he has retired from competitive swimming.
27-year-old Peirsol is regarded by many as the best backstroker of all time, with world records in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke.
And he‚Äôs made a big splash in the ocean conservation community too, with his Race for the Oceans, whose proceeds have gone towards Oceana‚Äôs work to protect the oceans.
Okay, so stop me if you've heard this one‚Ä¶
What happens when four top NGOs team up with a world renowned art dealer for Earth Day?
You get an unprecedented partnership that culminates in Christie‚Äôs First Annual Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth. Wait, did you think I was telling a joke?
Oceana, along with Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation International and The Central Park Conservancy, NBC Universal, Barney‚Äôs of New York, Deutsche Bank and Target have been working to put together the April 22 auction that takes place at Christie‚Äôs in Rockefeller Center in New York as part of the 40th celebration of Earth Day.
Christie‚Äôs is waiving its usual fees, so every penny from the live auction and silent auction goes to the four charities. A ton, and I mean a ton, of amazing artwork and items are up for bid the night of the event, but you don‚Äôt have to be at the event to make a bid to save the earth.
Today the online silent auction launches and along with the artwork and items up for bid there are a boat-load (pun most definitely intended) of experiences on the block including swimming lessons with Oceana supporter and gold medalist Aaron Peirsol (with a $5,000 bid as of 10 a.m. this morning) and sailing lessons with Ocean Conservation Yacht Club Commodore Kristen ‚ÄúThe America‚ÄĚ Berry.
Here are a few of my personal favorites:
Oceana spokeswimmer Aaron Peirsol is not always on the water -- sometimes he‚Äôs on the ice.
Last weekend he attended a Dallas Stars hockey game as a part of their Olympic Series. He spoke to fans about what it takes to be an Olympian and the importance of ocean conservation, explaining how events like the Race for the Oceans contribute to Oceana‚Äôs mission.
Fans were able to meet and mingle with Aaron after the talk. A portion of each ticket that was sold to Aaron‚Äôs speech was given back to Oceana.
The event was a great success; Aaron had a great time, and needless to say, so did his fans.