To fund its operations and current and future environmental projects, the Marianas Islands Nature Alliance is hoping to raise $40,000 in cash and in-kind contributions during its upcoming 2013 Green Gala.
MINA board members led by chair Frankie Elliptico held a news briefing yesterday at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan’s World Café to specifically drum up support for the non-profit organization’s signature event of the year. Joining Elliptico yesterday were MINA vice chair Bo Palacios, secretary Ron Smith, and board members Fran Castro and Eleanor Cabrera.
“In order to continue our efforts to preserve and protect the CNMI’s fragile environment and biodiversity, MINA needs your help. The organization is supported by project grants and most especially [by] generous contributions from local businesses and community members. The Green Gala will be our largest fundraising event of the year and it aims to raise funds to enable MINA to sustain its important work,” the group said in a statement.
MINA is the leading conservation, nonprofit organization in the CNMI. The organization has already successfully implemented many projects, including the Obyan Rehabilitation Project, the Teacher Environmental Camp, the Marine Debris Prevention, Tasi Watch Project, and the Adopt-A-Bin Project, which placed recycle bins in all major beaches on the island.
In addition to great entertainment, dinner, and a variety of beverages, the 2013 Green Gala will also feature highlights from MINA’s projects, a silent auction, and many other activities that promises a memorable evening.
For the record, last year’s Green Gala event raised more than $40,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. Elliptico said the money raised last year was a pleasant surprise for the group and he hopes MINA will duplicate, if not exceed, that dollar figure this year.
“It was one of the most talked-about events of last year, and we hope that this year’s event is even more exciting,” Elliptico said.
Tickets for the 2013 Green Gala can be bought online at www.minapacific.org or by visiting the MINA office in Gualo Rai (next to the Division of Environmental Quality). You can also call 233-7333 (REEF).
While MINA has no title sponsors as of this time, the grand sponsors that have so far signed up include the Tan Siu Lin Foundation and the Joeten Charitable Foundation. Major sponsors include Docomo Pacific, Bank of Guam, and Bridge Capital Investments. There are also several event sponsors for this year.