CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

We appreciate your support of our efforts to restore the Florida Reef Tract and coral reefs around the world. Ambitious plans like these could not be accomplished without a dedicated community of supporters just like you. 
 
It is out of concern for the health and safety of that very community that Coral Restoration Foundation™ has decided to cancel our 8th annual gala, Raise the Reef, on April 18th. 

 

Thank you, as always, for your continued support. Stay safe, and we look forward to enjoying a wonderful event together in 2021.

RAISE THE REEF

APRIL 18

2020

CORAL RESTORATION FOUNDATION™
8TH ANNUAL GALA
CELEBRATING 5 YEARS WITH OCEAN REEF CLUB
INTRODUCING

The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition

Oris has released a beautiful, new, limited-edition timepiece in support of our mission.

The independent Swiss watch company has donated three 18-carat yellow gold watches from the run of 50 limited edition pieces to Coral Restoration Foundation™. We will be auctioning numbers 02/50, 03/50, and 04/50 at a series of events this spring. One of these will be on offer during the live auction at Raise the Reef 2020. 

The Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is the first Oris Aquis model produced in solid gold. The case is cast in 18-carat yellow gold, complemented by a solid 18-carat gold bezel with a black and blue ceramic insert. The automatic mechanical watch has a GMT function and can show the time in three time zones simultaneously using the 24-hour scale laser-engraved into the bezel.

"This partnership is central to our continuing mission to bring 'Change for the Better'," says Oris Co- CEO Rolf Studer. "Through the Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition, we’re really stepping up our ambitions and our contribution to returning the world’s corals to their original state. It’s a hugely important project and we're excited by everything Coral Restoration Foundation™ is achieving through it."

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
JILL HEINERTH

Jill Heinerth is an underwater explorer, writer, photographer, speaker, and filmmaker. 

As a Toronto schoolgirl, Jill was fascinated by the Apollo program and wanted to be an astronaut. However, Canada did not have a space program, and it wouldn’t be until 1992 that Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman in outer space. Instead, Jill navigated a path to inner space and is recognized as one of the world’s top underwater explorers. 

Jill’s expeditions include exploring and mapping some of the world’s longest submerged caves, documenting ancient Mayan remains along the way. In Florida, Jill was a lead technical diver on the ground-breaking Wakulla2 project, where she drove the first 3D underwater cave mapping device - technology that will be bound for Jupiter’s moon Europa. When the largest moving object on the planet, the B-15 iceberg, calved from Antarctica, Jill led a dive team into the labyrinth of frozen underwater caves beneath the massive iceberg’s surface, discovering a diverse, colorful ecosystem of life in one of the harshest environments on earth. 

A pioneer of technical rebreather diving, Jill has made extreme conditions her specialty. Her ongoing expeditions to document the changing climate of the Arctic resulted in Jill being awarded the prestigious Canadian Polar Medal. 

From the tropical oases of the Sahara to the cold waters of Baffin Bay, Jill Heinerth continues to explore what lies beneath the surface, sharing images of places where no person has gone before. Through collaboration, she becomes the hands and eyes of climatologists, archaeologists, and engineers, extending their reach into the depths.

In her role as the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Jill visits schools and universities, sharing her love of exploration and science. She is a frequent online educator, leveraging technology to inspire classrooms full of eager young people from Anchorage, Alaska, to Mumbai, India. Jill is a presenter on radio and TV broadcasts, including PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the CBC, and networks from Japan to Australia. Over two million people have learned about climate change, water advocacy, and exploration by viewing Jill’s passionate and motivational TED Talks. A gifted storyteller, Jill is an associate editor and columnist for Diver Magazine, and a contributor to publications as diverse as Canadian Geographic and the Los Angeles Times. Her recent book, “INTO THE PLANET - My Life as a Cave Diver” was published in late 2019 by Harper-Collins in the United States and Penguin-Random House in Canada.

Jill’s accolades include induction into the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, first presentation of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for exploration, and the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences “NOGI” award. Jill has recently been named a member of the 2020 class of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. Jill Heinerth is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the National Speleological Society, and the Explorer’s Club who will present Jill with the William Beebe Award for ocean exploration a few weeks before the Raise the Reef 2020. 

 
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 Sponsors of Raise the Reef have

 high-visibility impact at the event, positioning themselves as credible stewards of our oceans. 

Contact Bridget Hickey at bridget@coralrestoration.org for more details on how you can be an integral part of this world-class event. 

stay at the exclusive
ocean reef club®

Raise the Reef guests have a unique opportunity to stay at the Ocean Reef Club, a place normally only open to Club members. 
 

Headquarters

89111 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, Florida 33070

 

Exploration Center

5 Seagate Blvd, Key Largo, Florida 33037

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