Charleston Waterkeeper hosting second annual Water The Future party (update: cancelled)

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Update November 3:

We just receive a press released stating the the Charleston Waterkeeper's second annual Water The Future party has been cancelled.

Here's what the presser had to say in regard to the cancellation:

After thoughtful consideration, local non-profit organization, Charleston Waterkeeper, has decided to cancel the Water the Future campaign kick-off, scheduled for November 18, 2010 at Eye Level Art. In order to successfully achieve the mission of the campaign and the organization at large, it is in the best interest of Charleston Waterkeeper to refocus efforts toward the long-term programming and implementation of the Water the Future campaign.

The organization looks forward to hosting the public again at the Second Annual Water Ball in the Spring of 2011. This celebration of our right to clean water is the signature fundraising event of Charleston Waterkeeper and subsequent event details will be announced soon. For more information about Charleston Waterkeeper and how to get involved, please visit

First reporting:

On November 18, 2010, local non-profit organization, Charleston Waterkeeper, will launch the Water the Future campaign meant to educate, celebrate, empower and inspire the public, by shedding light on crucial local water issues and what can actively be done to alleviate these problems.

In celebration of the campaign kick-off, Charleston Waterkeeper will host an event at Eye Level Art, located at 103 Spring St., on November 18, 2010, from 6:30p.m.-10:30p.m.

Highlighting important issues such as local industrial polluting and the negative effects of storm water runoff, the Water the Future Party will provide attendees with the opportunity to educate themselves about the specific issues impacting our water quality, as well as provide action steps to improve these situations long-term. The party will serve not only as a platform to provoke a reaction (WTF), but also to serve as a community-wide call to action, educating the public about how they can help alleviate the issues at hand (Water the Future).

Charleston Waterkeeper Founder and Executive Director, Cyrus Buffum explained the vision behind the organization’s annual campaign saying, “The Water the Future campaign is meant to shed light on the most immediate water issues facing the Lowcountry. But most importantly, the campaign serves as a call to action, empowering the public to take responsibility for our local waterways. We, as a community, infinitely benefit from protecting the quality and integrity of our local water resources.”

Local food vendors will provide guests with tasty “street food style” fare, while beer, wine and dessert will also be provided. Tickets are available prior to the event for $15, and $20 at the door. Members of Charleston Waterkeeper may purchase tickets for $15, before or at the event. Entertainment will include a DJ, as well as educational installations that will help attendees grasp the tough and immediate problems facing the quality of our waterways.

The organization has gained a positive reputation for utilizing innovative new media components to engage their audience. The Water the Future party will again feature such components including a real-time Twitter feed, as well as Twitpay®, which is the leading innovator in payment technology for social media. Event attendees will be able to make incremental donations to Charleston Waterkeeper, using Twitpay’s RT2Give system. Other digital media applications will include Venmo, a Text2Give fundraising model. For event information and to purchase tickets, visit