This post was written by Jessey Roth, a Planeteer from Atlanta, GA who works hard for the Planeteer Movement!
Jessey (left) and Ghana Planeteer Princess (right).
The anticipation and excitement of Captain Planet’s 20th Birthday brought together Planeteers worldwide. So, What Is A Planeteer? Inspired by the themes of ‘Captain Planet and the Planeteers,’ young people from around the world are self-identifying as Planeteers and connecting in brand new ways in an effort to share ideas about creating a just and sustainable world.
Motivated by Captain Planet’s message of teamwork, Planeteers from five major U.S. cities combined their powers to create a hub for the emerging Global Planeteer Movement at www.CaptainPlanet.me. The Planeteers hope that by combining their powers worldwide they can unleash a force as powerful as Captain Planet himself to make a better future.
From the Planeteer’s participation in the Benefit Dinner in the Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium to the Birthday Bash After Party in the Atrium, there was much work to be done for Captain Planet’s 20th Birthday!
Planeteers from Boston, New York, Atlanta, and California participate in weekly calls initiated by Barbara Pyle to create focus for the Planeteer Movement that helped make a memorable Birthday Bash for Captain Planet. Suzanne French, Kristie Gianetto, Nathan Havey, Kyle King, Jessey Roth, Christina Stevens, and Ian Storrar all worked together to create the Movement, to promote the Benefit and Birthday Bash, and to recruit volunteers.
Knowing that many guests at the Captain Planet Foundation’s Benefit Dinner would not be familiar with the Planeteer Movement, Kyle King shot and directed the Planeteer Statement video which describes this network now sweeping the globe. The Planeteers were on set all day and night shooting the Statement. Each Planeteer explained a part of who Planeteers are, what they care about, and promoted the website they’ve created. This video became the centerpiece in the closing film of the Benefit. You can watch it here.
The Benefit Dinner came to a glorious close when Nick Boxer and Barbara Pyle invited the Planeteers onto the stage. The Core Team Planeteers introduced themselves and explained how Captain Planet and the Planeteers inspired them to pursue careers that support and create a more sustainable and just world. A special guest Planeteer from Ghana, Miss Princess Owusu-Sekreye, spoke articulately about the influence of Captain Planet and the Planeteers on her country and the new recycling program initiative her Ghana Planeteer Network has started. After their heart-felt stories, even more Planeteers were honored and came on stage to create a colorful and energetic Grand Finale. The Benefit Guests were so moved that they leapt to their feet and gave the Planeteers a standing ovation!
The Planeteers then invited and encouraged the guests to join them for an after dinner drink in the spectacular Atrium. Once there, they danced to the live band, mingled with Planeteers, ate snacks, drank, and had a wonderful time with the games and photo areas. All five Power Rings were available in two different styles at cost!
The Atrium was packed with dinner guests and Planeteers dressed in “Planeteer Chic” ; Globe tee shirts dominated the décor. All around, one could see well-dressed, stunning Planeteers in their hand made shirts. The dinner guests were genuinely pleased and enjoyed meeting and learning about the Planeteers.
Captain Planet’s 20th Birthday Benefit and Bash were a resounding success. A grand time was had by one and all! However, the activities didn’t end at the Aquarium on Friday night. The next day, the same Planeteers held a Strategic Planning Meeting. Over a delicious catered meal from the Flying Biscuit, more than thirty Planeteers outlined the most current issues for their specific interests and local Networks. They designed goals and plans to work on for 2011. With their Powers combined they have made up their minds to make a difference, all thanks to the inspiration provided by Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
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Much thanks to Encompass Digital Media and Crawford Media Systems for studio facilities. Thanks to George McKerrow of Ted’s Montana Grill for hosting the Strategic Planning Meeting. Trevor Bartlett, Lyre Calliope, Melissa Casteel, Alyssa Lewis, and Jessey Roth all deserve recognition for their relentless and continued support of the Planeteers and helping to build the Atlanta Network. And recognition to the Friends of the Planeteers: Jesse Crawford, Deborah and Larry Empting, Lorena Moore, Andy Velcoff, and Howard Warner. Special kudos go to Kyle King for his tireless efforts producing the videos for both the Benefit Dinner and the Birthday Bash. Additional thanks go to two cutting-edge Atlanta groups- Dodekapus and C4 Atlanta- both of whom support emerging artists dedicated to new partnerships and sustainability in the arts.
The Atlanta Planeteer Network would like to send a very special Thank You out to Laura Turner Sydel and Ira Blumenthal, Chairman and President of the Captain Planet Foundation, for inviting us to participate in the inspiring events of Captain Planet’s Birthday.
Join us! The Power Is Yours!