May 2011 - With more than 1,000 people attending, the Offshore Technology Conference’s inaugural dinner on May 1 raised $200,000 for the Gulf of Mexico Foundation (GMF). During the event, industry leaders learned about GMF’s mission and its programs. Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection.
“The beneficiary of the OTC dinner is an organization whose mission is to promote and facilitate conservation of the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico and its resources,” said Susan Cunningham, 2011 OTC Chairman. “Through a unique combination of education, public awareness, research and leadership programs, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation is working to maintain a sustainable balance in the health and productivity of the Gulf.”
Working through NOAA’s Community Based Restoration Program, the GMF, along with scores of federal, state and local partners, has invested in 90+ restoration projects. More than 40,000 volunteer hours have been committed to restore/improve 15,000+ acres of coastal habitat. The Foundation reached 7,500 students in Texas and Mexico through its Science & Spanish Club Network multicultural education program.
“Recognition by the Offshore Technology Conference is the culmination of decades of collaborative efforts between the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and the offshore industries to better understand and protect the quality of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem,” said GMF President and CEO Dr. Quenton Dokken. “We at the Gulf of Mexico Foundation recognize and applaud the critical role that business and industry must play if we are going to sustain the ecological health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico and economic robustness it supports.”
Said Cunningham, “The Gulf of Mexico is the birthplace of the offshore industry and home to so many of us who work in the offshore industry. We all want to see this vital area recover and flourish.”