VIDEO: Guy Harvey Fundraiser Benefits Ocean Research

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Guy Harvey welcomes Sir Richard Branson to the virtual fundraiser.

Guy Harvey welcomes Sir Richard Branson to the virtual fundraiser.

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and zookeeper Jack Hanna were among the guests that joined artist, conservationist and scientist Guy Harvey and his daughter Jessica Harvey for this year’s Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Banquet and Auction.

Guy Harvey and daughter Jessica Harvey.

Guy Harvey and daughter Jessica Harvey.

The virtual event, held last month, raised funds that “far exceeded” the goals of the nonprofit, whose mission is to conserve marine ecosystems, support research and foster a new generation of conservationists.

Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, joined the event.

Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, joined the event.

“Covid may have prevented us from gathering in person, but we were thrilled to share virtually what we have accomplished in 2020 with our research and educational initiatives,” Harvey said in a statement. “The support from our donors, sponsors and guests makes all of the work we do possible. We were excited to share several exciting projects we have underway and what we are planning for 2021.”

The Wailers performed during the fundraiser.

The Wailers performed during the fundraiser.

The event, streamed on the GHOF website and the Guy Harvey YouTube channel, featured footage of ocean expeditions, encounters with marine life, and tagging and tracking of sharks. The pair also gave updates on various research that is underway.

The event ended with a musical performance by The Wailers.

Check out the full event here.

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