Whoa, our inaugural event couldn’t have gone any better! We held our first soiree at Hotel Zeppelin on July 15, 2017 in San Francisco. New and old friends came from near and far to help support an amazing nonprofit, Global Wildlife Conservation, get inspired by amazing speakers, and mingle with awesome people.
The night began with a private screening of Chasing Coral, a documentary that’s sure to evoke some emotion. There was nary a dry eye in the house – people were happy, sad and angry throughout the film – as they realized the detrimental effect of climate change on our oceans. By the end of the screening, it was apparent to our attendees that there needs to be a massive change in how we interact with our planet, not later, but now. Good, that’s what were hoping for! But it wasn’t all feels, we had some fun, too!
During a short intermission, people mingled amongst the amazing shots in our pop-up photo gallery from featured photographers, Robin Moore, Slater Moore, Matt Maniego, Arnelle Lozada, and Emil Walker. The photos, visually illustrating the theme of the evening, animal conservation and travel, were part of a silent auction. People got to take home stunning photos, and the proceeds were donated to Global Wildlife Conservation. Everybody was winning. But the night wasn’t done yet…
After the intermission, the evening continued and moved onto the speaking portion. We had three incredible speakers join us – Rani Robinson, Director of Convergence at Travel Channel, HGTV, DIY Network, GAC and Founder of Triplicity by Craft, Karen Sugar, Executive Director of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund and Robin Moore, Communications Director at Global Wildlife Conservation and National Geographic Photographer. The audience was captivated as they spoke of everything from the importance of travel for education, to women empowerment, to saving frogs and using the tools at your disposal to make a positive impact right now. Inspiration level 1000. Everyone felt motivated and ready to rock in their own way as GoodTravelers.
After the speaking presentation, we raffled off some seriously cool prizes, generously donated by our sponsoring brands, ranging from high-tech luggage, to travel gift cards, and the grand prize of an African Safari! Needless to say, people were pretty stoked. But they were even more stoked at having the opportunity to mingle with the speakers and photographers. The vibe was incredible, the conversations engaging, and the connections made were beyond meaningful. It was a fantastic evening filled with lots of good people with great energy! We’re so thankful for all of the support, and super optimistic about the future of our planet knowing that we have such awesome changemakers in the world. We’re still riding the wave from that night, and we cannot wait to do it again!