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Baby Gray Whale "Thank You" Campaign

Gray Whale and baby in Baja, Mexico- for the Grateful Web

When scores of baby gray whales are born in Baja's magnificent San Ignacio Lagoon this coming winter, their nursery will be one step closer to being fully protected against industrialization.

Thanks to Mexican President Felipe Calderon, 109,000 acres of federal land surrounding the whale nursery were recently designated for conservation.

I'm sure you agree that President Calderon and his administration should be applauded for defending wildlands and wildlife in the face of powerful economic interests.

That's why I'm asking you to join me in thanking the Mexican president right now by sending him an online message at http://www.savebiogems.org/baja/action1

 

Your message of thanks is critical. We want President Calderon to register strong support from all across North America for his visionary policy, because the fight to save the whale's nursery is still far from over.

Despite NRDC's stunning victory in 2000 that stopped Mitsubishi from industrializing the lagoon with the world's largest saltworks, San Ignacio Lagoon is still vulnerable to plans for oil and gas drilling ... massive high-rise hotels and resort marinas ... and ocean-bound ship traffic.

That's why it's so urgent that we press ahead with our ambitious plan to permanently protect all one million acres of land surrounding the lagoon.

Thanks to the generosity of NRDC Members and online activists like you, our conservation alliance has already secured permanent protection for 140,000 acres of communal and private lands. When you add in the government's 109,000 acres, we have succeeded in putting 249,000 acres off-limits to industry and developers forever.

 

We're a quarter of the way to our one-million-acre goal - in just two years!

 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/baja/action1 right now and express your appreciation to the President of Mexico for defending San Ignacio Lagoon.

And thank you for supporting our campaign to surround this last unspoiled gray whale nursery with a million acres of protection.

PHISH on-line charity AUCTION for STATION NIGHTCLUB SURVIVORS -- THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Coventry poster the last phish shows- for the Grateful Web
A once in a lifetime item. The band''s wardrobe case that they used everyday while they were on tour. Only 2 of these ever existed.- for the Grateful Web
untorn and full Coventry ticket, signed by entire band in Coventry on 8/15/04. Only 3 were signed that day- for the Grateful Web

John Langenstein, Director of Security for several bands including Phish, CSN, and The String Cheese Incident, has teamed up once again with David Shulman and The Mimi Fishman Foundation to raise money for The Station Family Fund. The Grateful Web has been thrilled to host their auctions for the past four years.

The Station Family Fund is an all-volunteer, 501 c 3 recognized, tax exempt, nonprofit organization, founded to offer assistance and relief to people directly affected by the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.  100 people perished, close to 200 severely injured, and more than 60 children lost one or both parents in the horrific fire on Feb 20, 2003.

Todd King, a survivor himself of the fire, is the VP of the Station Family Fund. "It's vital we don't forget the families left behind.  The Station Family Fund was formed to help those families, as well as the survivors", said King.  "David (Shulman) and John (Langenstein) have been instrumental in helping fund our organization."

The auction, which began December 13, is the fourth in a series of Langenstein/Shulman on-line auctions, with the first three raising over $40,000. Unlike the first three auctions, which included a variety of items from many different bands, this auction will only feature Phish related items.  Phish, after 21 years together, recently called it quits, as their last note of music was played August 15 at their own festival in northern Vermont.

The eighteen auction items are sure to be of interest to any Phish fan.  Included are the  actual guitar strings used by Phish in 2004, one of their wardrobe cases used all the way up to their last show in August, as well as a full Conventry festival ticket signed by the entire band.

"When Shulman and I ran our first auction for the SFF, I never dreamed there would be more.  I thought it was a one-time shot.  My desire to help those affected by the fire has only strengthened and I am more determined now than ever to help out the survivors and the families of the victims", said Langenstein.

The Station Family Fund will distribute every dollar raised by the auction in an effort to address the needs of the survivors and the families of victims.

"We have put together an amazing array of Phish items for this auction.  Any Phish fan will definitely want to take a look.   Most importantly, we are raising funds for a very important charity", says Shulman.

Information on the Station Family Fund can be found at http://www.stationfamilyfund.org

To check out the auction, visit: mimifishman.prg/auctions