The Turtle Ball
The Turtle Conservancy joined forces with Global Wildlife Conservation and held the 4th Turtle Ball at the Bowery Hotel in New York City on April 17, 2017.
This years event honored actor and environmentalist Mark Ruffalo for his tireless environmental leadership. The evening was hosted by Drew Barrymore, Edward Norton, Rashida Jones, Fisher Stevens, Eric Goode, and Brian Sheth. The beautiful, funny, and dangerous Sarah Silverman was the Master of Ceremonies.
Luminaries from both the arts and sciences merged for an evening of environmental awareness and fundraising — with speeches from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Edward Norton, Eric Goode, Brian Sheth, and Mark Ruffalo. Some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists donated original works for the event which raised over $500,000 for land acquisitions and turtle and tortoise conservation.
After receiving his award, Mark Ruffalo said: “I’m sure I’m not the first person to ever say this, but I relate deeply to a turtle. I’m really an introvert even though I’m an actor, and the one thing that I’ve learned is to just set your course and slowly plod your way through it.”