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Summertime Earth Ball Supports CREE

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On Saturday night, we arrived early at Beatnik Studios for the Summertime Earth Ball, a night of entertainment, to support the Center for Rural Empowerment (CREE). CREE a nonprofit organization promotes community development and environmental protection globally. (www.conservationforpeople.org)

The cocktail attire set the ambiance for a classy event with a worthy cause. Artwork by Lorenzo Ortiz covered the walls of the first room and served as conversational pieces for the guests.

CREE’s table held informational brochures, photographs from past projects and artwork for raffle prizes. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Skuja, CREE’s founder. He told me of the group’s projects in Sri Lanka, Africa, and Tanzania. Skuja spoke of CREE’s focus: “All of our projects look at how to alleviate poverty and environmental conservation. Where I see CREE as unique is it is not me imposing ideas from the outside, they are from the village, locally led.”

In the back room, DJ Nuyo spun music while live bands, The Resurrection Men and Robustitron, kept the guests moving and grooving. Vodka 360 sponsored the open bar, where the alcohol was flowing freely, including my favorite specialty drink, “Peach Tree Hugger.” Once the guests were loosened up, many posed in front of the CREE logo photo booth for fun professional photos.

I was curious about the turn out of an event held during Second Saturday, but it attracted a crowd. The guests were clearly enjoying themselves and by the end of the night were flashing the glow stick jewelry, party favors. Summertime Earth Ball was a fun event and a good cause, with the all the proceeds benefiting CREE.


 "Photo Credit: Lindsay Calmettes of www.beatnik-studios.com"

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