Empowers Africa, a non-profit foundation based in the United States that supports programs on the ground in Sub Sahara Africa, is hosting a special screening of National Geographic’s “Battle for the Elephants” on Saturday, August 10, along with fashion designer Donna Karan, artist Davina Dobie, and filmmaker and writer John Heminway.
The fundraiser will take place in Guild Hall on 158 Main Street in East Hampton, 11937, beginning with cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
“We are hosting this fundraiser to raise awareness about Africa’s elephant poaching crisis,” says Krista Krieger, a trustee of Empowers Africa. “If everyone on the planet viewed this film, we feel it would go a long way to stop this tragedy.”
As the demand for ivory grows in China and other Asian countries, the number of African elephants being slaughtered has exploded, with approximately 30,000 African elephants killed illegally in 2012, according to the World Wildlife Fund. “‘Battle for the Elephants’ is very educational and outlines the roots of where the demand for ivory is germinating,” Kreiger says, “as well as the pervasiveness and organized criminal element involved in ivory poaching. The film is the story of how one of nature’s most majestic animals is being destroyed by market forces.”
Ticket prices for the event are $150 for regular seating, and $300 for VIP seating. “All ticket purchases and/or donations from this screening will be granted from Empowers Africa to four foundations who are working on the ground in Africa to stop the slaughtering —The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society, Big Life Foundation and WildlifeDirect,” Kreiger says. More....