On the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Jersey Teen Makes $5,000 Donation to Louisiana Coastal Initiative
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Matt Pierce, a 17-year-old high school student and the founder of Teenagers Care was in New Orleans today to present a donation of $5,000 to the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, a program of the National Audubon Society. New Orleans landmark Cafe Du Monde was the setting for the check presentation with members from the Louisiana Coastal Initiative and Cafe Du Monde owner Burton Benrud in attendance.
In June, Matt and his friends decided they needed to do something to help out with the Gulf oil spill, so they started raising money, a little bit at a time, by soliciting donations through a start up website, www.TeenagersCare.org, and at local events in Stone Harbor, NJ. In just a few weeks the group of teens raised over $10,000. According to Matt, “This is the first of what we hope to be many donations to grassroots organizations helping in the Gulf. It’s been amazing how generous people have been and how much they care about what’s happening here. I just hope that people don’t forget about what’s needed. Hearing about the 21-mile plume of oil in the Gulf last week, is just one indicator of how long this disaster will go on for. It’s just not over like some people would like you to believe. We need to continue doing everything we can and groups like Audubon’s Louisiana Coastal Initiative will be here for the long haul.”
Audubon’s Louisiana Coastal Initiative helps to save animals and focuses on preserving important breeding grounds and wetlands in Louisiana. Dr. Paul Kemp, its director and chief scientist, said today, “What Matt and his friends have accomplished is really incredible. We will need more help in the months and years to come to bring back the animals and breeding grounds affected by the oil disaster and by decades of ongoing decline. Of course, having teens supporting Gulf Coast wetlands and wildlife is very important. They are making a difference not only for the people and wildlife of the Gulf Coast but for their own futures as well. When I first heard about Teenagers Care and the donation they were planning, I said, ‘Wow.’ It’s not every day you get a check for $5,000 from a group of teenagers! I think Teenagers Care could really go a long way in helping not only the Gulf, but in bringing teens to the forefront of major issues that impact our world. Thank you, Teenagers Care, and keep up the good work!”
For more information about Teenagers Care and the Audubon Louisiana Coastal Initiative you can contact:
Teenagers Care MattPierce@TeenagersCare.org Facebook-Help Clean Up The Spill 941-592-6124 Louisiana Coastal Initiative David J. Ringer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 601-661-6189
SOURCE Teenagers Care