The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is getting ready for the season with its second major event in November. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, in collaboration with the Kenneth B. Dart Foundation, is hosting its annual fundraising dinner on Nov. 12 with guest speaker Dr. Sylvia Earle, famed oceanographer and scientist.

The evening begins in a slightly different fashion than most gala events. For starters, guests are invited to a Champagne reception at Regal Camana Bay at 5:45 p.m. when the premiere of Harvey’s latest film, “This is Your Ocean: Sharks 2,” will be shown. There will be a book signing opportunity with Earle before the screening.

Then attendees will be whisked away to the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa for a cocktail reception at 7 p.m.; the main event starts at 8 p.m. Island smart casual is the dress code, in keeping with Guy Harvey’s commitment to comfortable clothes no matter what the occasion. Men tired of tuxedos will no doubt rejoice at the idea of linen and cotton garments, rather than shiny shoes and choke-hold bow ties.

A short live auction is planned, with items such as an antique watch, a vacation in Panama, a shark tagging trip with none other than Guy Harvey himself, and dinner at the Governor’s on the list.

Sylvia Earle

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and first “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer.

The annual fundraising dinner on Nov. 12 will feature guest speaker Sylvia Earle.

Formerly chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earle is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and chairman of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute and the Ocean in Google Earth. She has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, and 22 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.

Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970; participating in 10 saturation dives, most recently in July 2012; and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation, and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.

Tickets are $175 each or $1,750 for a table of 10, and can be bought at the Guy Harvey Gallery and Shoppe in George Town. For more information, call 943-4891.

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