Gulf Oil Crisis: Benefit for Ocean Futures Society

Holly Lohuis and Jean-Michel Cousteau watch as rescuers clean an oiled Pelican.

On Saturday, September 25th The Historic El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico will host the Benefit for the New Mexico Gulf Oil Crisis to raise funds for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society (OFS) and the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program (LMMSTRP) – part of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas/New Orleans.

Please join New Mexico Gulf Oil Crisis in support of OFS and LMMSTRP's efforts working under water and above in the Gulf of Mexico.

LMMSTRP is primary responder in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of all marine mammals and sea turtles along the Louisiana coast; the proceeds from the benefit will support continuing "on-the-ground" operations of in actively rescuing sea turtles, and marine mammals. Ocean Futures Society’s expedition team is documenting the crisis and its effects, the critical connection between humans and nature in the Gulf Spill, and covering the stories to educate individuals to act responsibly in our daily lives to protect our fragile planet.

The New Mexico Gulf Oil Crisis intention is to empower a public that currently feels un-empowered. The benefit will lend a hand and make a difference in the Gulf and will create a connection to the Gulf’s people, wildlife, and spill issues through education and involvement.

This evening’s benefit will include:

  • A live auction of beautiful artwork; articles start at a minimum bid of one hundred dollars, and have been specifically created for this benefit by some of Albuquerque’s finest artists, Including Randy Cooper, Riha Rothberg, Nance Mcmanus, Mary Sweet, Nick Abdalla, Diana Stetson, Bunny Bowen, David Drummond, Cate Clark, Carrie Vonderhaar and Nancy Young. In addition, we are delighted to announce that we will be auctioning off an Epiphone SG Guitar, autographed by Buddy Guy and B.B. King - especially for this benefit!
  • An exclusive short film on the Gulf Spill – showing both underwater and coastal views - edited and created specifically to be screened at The Historic El Rey Theater. Narrated in person by marine biologist Holly Lohuis of OFS, who has been on-site in the Gulf since the spill began. The film explores the issues, the wildlife, the rescue efforts, locals’ perspectives, and the hope for a brighter energy future resulting from this spill. She has explored and traveled the globe with Cousteau, working in countless underwater habitats, from Fiji to the Amazon, Alaska to the St. Lawrence River, and many, many more. Working for Cousteau gives Holly the opportunity to be a voice for the ocean, which unfortunately cannot speak for itself. Jean-Michel Cousteau continues to be one of our planet’s most respected and influential voices for the ocean.
  • Entertainment will include: The Blue Rhythm Boys; Fat Paul & Gator blues band, David Feldberg and The Church of Beethoven Players, hors d'oevres, compliments of Sweet & Savory, Cosmo's Tapas, Garcia's Kitchen and Savory Fare. Our Auctioneer will be Gary D. Williams, Vice President, Well Fargo Bank. We plan on having a really fun, interesting, and empowering evening, and expect that the benefit will raise the spirits of attendees, raise the consciousness of the community, and raise some much needed money to help the wildlife victims ravaged by the oil spill.

Ticket info will be available at

Where: The Historic El Rey Theater

622 Central Ave., S. W.
(Downtown 7th and Central)
Albuquerque, NM

When: Saturday September 25, 2010

Time: Doors: 7:00pm, 
Show: 8:00pm

Price: $30 Advance, 
$35 At the Door

Age Restriction: All Ages

Puccini Productions

Phone: (505) 242.2353

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About Ocean Futures Society
Ocean Futures Society (OFS) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. With the motto, “Protect the ocean and you protect yourself,” the mission of OFS is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean's vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. OFS is based in Santa Barbara, California, with offices in Paris, France; Lucca, Italy; and São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit

Top Photo: Holly Lohuis and Jean-Michel Cousteau watch as rescuers clean an oiled Pelican. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society