Blog : Blue Ocean Society: Top Contender in Patagonia Crowdrise Challenge

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

BY MARY DEMPSEY
Green Alliance Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH — Are you passionate about protecting the environment and marine wildlife? Blue Ocean Society presents the perfect opportunity for you to show just how much you care.

The Blue Ocean Society is a Green Alliance Business Partner that recently got involved in an amazing opportunity to raise money for its organization. Patagonia and Moosejaw are offering a challenge on Crowdrise.com, a Web site through which people can donate money, for charities to compete in raising funds. The organization that raises the most funds by noon on March 13 will receive an additional contribution courtesy of Patagonia. The winner with the most donations on Crowdrise will receive a $5,000 donation. Second and third place charities will also get a monetary reward.

Jen Kennedy, BOS executive director and co-founder, was delighted to be a part of the challenge. “We were so excited when Crowdrise contacted us to let us know we were one of the selected charities it picked to participate in the challenge.”

Crowdrise hand-picked 20 of their favorite charities to be included in the “Patagonia x Moosejaw Charity Challenge Thing.” Crowdrise is giving away $10,000 to the charities their customers love the most.

Blue Ocean Society is asking the Seacoast community for support with this challenge so that it can continue to protect marine mammals such as the humpback whale. The Blue Ocean Society’s mission is to educate people about the Seacoast’s unique marine environment and to protect its treasured sea life for generations to come. Blue Ocean Society is driven by its desire to turn science into a call to action for ocean protection.

Any help, even a small donation, is appreciated and will not go unnoticed. If the Blue Ocean Society wins the grant from Patagonia, it will be able to initiate many action-plans for saving marine-life. First, Blue Ocean Society members will remove marine debris from local beaches and the Isles of Shoals. Next, a new underwater debris detection program will be put into place. Blue Ocean Society also plans on investing in the research of microplastics found on the area’s beloved beaches.

Kennedy has many ideas for what the Blue Ocean Society can achieve as a result of this fundraiser. “Any donations we receive will be used to expand our ability to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine, but if we receive the additional donation from Patagonia, we can do so much more!”

Your support would allow Blue Ocean Society to expand its study of endangered whales living in the Gulf of Maine. The grant will help the organization inspire others to care for marine life with a new inflatable fin whale at its Blue Ocean Discovery Center in Hampton. The center will be open to the public full-time starting in early June. Profits from the Crowdrise challenge will also benefit hands-on education for at the center. More activities and maritime displays will be available at its Portsmouth touch tank.

Help Blue Ocean Society score the grand prize by donating to its cause today. Everyone who gives at least $25 toward the cause will automatically be entered to win a $500 Patagonia shopping spree. Being part of this cause could score you a brand new winter wardrobe.

“We hope at the end of the challenge our supporters will have put New England at the top of the list so that we can receive additional funds to help expand our knowledge of endangered whales, increase our ability to inspire people to learn about and protect marine life, and keep our beaches clean.”

Kennedy and the rest of the Blue Ocean Society staff appreciate you spreading the word about their challenge. Word of mouth goes a long way, and the more people involved, the better Blue Ocean Society’s chances are at coming in first place.

There are only a few hours left — the deadline is noon on Thursday, March 13 — so please help Blue Ocean Society reach its goal and climb to the No. 1 spot. If you have any further questions, please email Crowdrise. All of the challenge information can be found at www.crowdrise.com/ChallengeThing.

Green Alliance members receive FREE admission to the Blue Ocean Discovery Center! To join the GA, click here