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Eternal Reefs Wins Philanthropy Award

ETERNAL REEFS AND REEF BALL FOUNDATION WIN NATIONAL CLASSY AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Atlanta, GA – October 8, 2012 – Eternal Reefs, along with the Reef Ball Foundation, recently won a national CLASSY Award in the Environmental Protection category after having earlier advanced as the Southern Regional Winner via public voting and judging.

“Being in the company of previous winners such as Invisible Children and Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a real honor,” George Frankel, CEO of Eternal Reefs, said. “We look forward to many more years of being among the nation’s top organizations and socially-conscious businesses.”

The CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest charitable achievements by nonprofit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and individuals worldwide. In 2011, nearly 2,000 organizations and volunteers were nominated for a CLASSY Award, and their collective efforts impacted the lives of more than 200,000,000 people in 71 countries worldwide.

This year, 64 winners were chosen from 2,400 nominees after three weeks of public voting and judging. A leadership council chose one National CLASSY Award Winner in each of 16 categories and winners were announced at an awards ceremony September 22nd in San Diego.

“The fact that we received this award is a testimony to contributions and support from many people around the world, including volunteers, donors, teachers, students, divers, team members,” said Larry Beggs, Reef Ball Foundation president.

Reef balls are huge, hollow, structures that look like giant wiffle balls that attract aquatic wildlife and quickly foster new marine growth, replenishing the world’s diminishing natural reef systems.  An Eternal Reefs “memorial reef” is at once healing for the sea and for families since these types of reef balls mix a loved one’s cremated remains with the concrete to create the memorial. Reef balls are engineered to last forever and to withstand hurricanes and other natural disasters.  They vary in size from 600 pounds (2’ high x 3’ wide) to 4000 pounds (4’ high x 6’ wide).

Eternal Reefs is a part of The Reef Ball Foundation which are now internationally recognized for contributions to the environment. Read more about The CLASSY Awards at http://www.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/about-awards and see the entire list of 2012 regional winners at http://www.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/regional-winners.

 

About Eternal Reefs Inc.

Eternal Reefs, Inc. is an Atlanta-based company that provides a creative, environmentally-enhancing way to memorialize the cremated remains of a loved one. The company incorporates cremated remains into a concrete mixture used to cast artificial reef formations. The artificial reefs are dedicated as permanent memorials while also bolstering natural coastal reef formations. Since 1998, the company has placed more than 1,500 Memorial Reefs in 20 locations off the coasts of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, substantially increasing the ocean’s diminishing reef systems.  Memorial reefs can only go in properly permitted locations by the US Government.  Contact Eternal Reefs Inc. at: www.eternalreefs.com.

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