September 2, 2011
With just under two weeks left of voting in the 50 States for Good competition sponsored by Tom’s of Maine, local phenom Spectordance’s highly praised Ocean is doing the do-si-do between second and third place in the ongoing poll.
The local nonprofit is looking for a voting blitzkrieg in the final days of the competition, rallying for increased local support and hoping to edge out the two other top competitors, Galveston Tree Conservancy and the Spokane Reforesting Group.
The dance troupe’s unique and inspiring Ocean was choreographed by Fran Spector Atkins in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to both celebrate the Monterey Bay and raise awareness of threats to the world’s oceans. A piece written by Jessica Lyons in May sheds a more flattering and in-depth light on the program.
The public voting (one vote per person, per day, until Sept. 13) will decide how $150,000 in cash awards are divvied between six organizations. Spokesperson for Spectordance, Heather Kirk says in an email that if they can pull off a win the money will go toward “educational outreach and performance for local schools, low cost performances for communities, teaching about ocean health and ways we can be responsible stewards over one of the most vital and valuable resources on the planet.”
Need she say more? Vote here.