A Great Evening Event Thanks to Leilani and Bob!

A Great Evening Event Thanks to Leilani and Bob!

By Ric O’Barry

Campaign Director


For all of you who could not attend our June 21st fundraising evening in San Rafael, CA, I think you can catch a bit of the excitement and fun from this video, posted online by one attendee, which includes host Leilani Münter’s heartfelt speech for help for our Dolphin Project Campaign, and the first of the great Bob Weir’s songs of the evening:



Leilani first proposed and then helped organize the event, which included a fine music set from Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead) and a screening of The Cove, followed by a Question & Answer session featuring our friend Louie Psihoyos, Director of the Academy Award-winning dolphin documentary, Leilani, Bob and me.  Bob’s lovely wife, Natascha, who helped with the event, is Leilani’s sister and another good friend of the dolphins.


We sold out the event and raised $12,925 specifically for support of our Cove Monitors in Taiji for the upcoming dolphin-killing season in Taiji, beginning Sept. 1st.

If you would like to help support our Cove Monitors, please consider a donation:


The great Bob Weir performing for the crowd.  

The Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center theater was generously donated by the California Film Institute to support the cause.  Louie, Bob and I signed commemorative posters for the crowd.  (There are still a few dozen left, with our signatures, so keep tuned in for information on how to you can get one with a donation to Dolphin Project.)

Leilani flew in from her home in North Carolina, and Louie and his wife and son came in from Colorado.  We also had Cove monitors Tim and Carrie Burns from Tampa, Florida;  several friends from Los Angeles (including Dolphin Project Team members Melissa Carbone, Alyson Richards, and Fonda Berosini as well as Harry Potter Director Chris Columbus and his daughter Bella); and myself from Miami, by way of Tokyo.

The local media in Marin County, CA, did an excellent job doing articles on the event, including these two interviews with Leilani and me:



And of course all the Deadhead websites included notices for Bob Weir’s fans.

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About Ric O'Barry

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Ric O’Barry, Dolphin Project Founder & Director has worked on both sides of the captive dolphin issue, making him an invaluable asset in the efforts to end exploitation. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it.

In the 1960s, O’Barry was employed by the Miami Seaquarium, where he captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. He also trained Hugo, the first orca kept in captivity east of the Mississippi. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.

From that moment on, O’Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry and has been going at it ever since.

Over the past 40 years, Ric O’Barry has rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries around the world, including Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas Islands and the United States. He is a leading voice in the fight to end brutal dolphin hunts in Japan, the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands, and wherever else they occur.

O’Barry has been recognized by many national and international entities for his dedicated efforts, such as being voted Huffington Post’s 2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer, and being listed on O Magazine’s 2010 Power List – Men We Admire for his “Power of Passion.” O’Barry received an Environmental Achievement Award, presented by the United States Committee for the United Nations Environmental Program. He has done countless interviews with such prestigious news programs as Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, the Mike Huckabee Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

His book Behind the Dolphin Smile was published in 1989; a second book, To Free A Dolphin was published in September 2000. Both of them are about his work and dedication. He is the star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and the Animal Planet television series Blood Dolphin$.

Author: Ric O'Barry


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