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The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA Makes a Big Splash for Drowning Prevention and Children’s Pool Safety

Monday, March 27th, 2017
"SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 11: U.S. Olympic Swimmer, Dara Torres, U.S. Olympic Diver, Greg Louganis and Founder, Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Princess Charlene of Monaco teach children how to swim and practice water safety at The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation-USA Official Launch at the Annenberg Community Beach House on May 12, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for Palais Princier de Monaco)"

“SANTA MONICA, CA – MAY 11: U.S. Olympic Swimmer, Dara Torres, U.S. Olympic Diver, Greg Louganis and Founder, Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Princess Charlene of Monaco teach children how to swim and practice water safety at The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation-USA Official Launch at the Annenberg Community Beach House on May 12, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for Palais Princier de Monaco)”

The former Olympic swimmer champions water safety education by launching her foundation in the US and is honored for her commitment to the welfare of children through sport

LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2016 — On Wednesday, May 11, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco will launch the U.S. chapter of her foundation with an event at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica to highlight learning-to-swim and water safety programs for youth. Along with U.S. Olympians Greg Louganis and Dara Torres, the Princess, a former Olympic swimmer, will be on hand with more than 40 local children, ages 8-13 from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica – Saint Anne School branch, to participate in the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation’s Challenge. Santa Monica’s Mayor Tony Vazquez will present a Mayoral Proclamation to the Princess to mark the occasion.

“Around the globe, thousands of innocent lives are tragically lost to drowning every year. I am here to share with you how many lives we are saving – and how many more we can save, simply by training the trainers and by focusing on one person, one family, and one community at a time. Having spent years teaching underprivileged children to acquire basic water safety techniques around aquatic environments, I can only say that simple ideas are often the most effective,” said Princess Charlene.

In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated* that drowning claimed the lives of 372,000 people worldwide, which represents 42 people per hour or more than 1000 people per day (latest statistics available) – and that drowning kills more children than tuberculosis or measles. To combat these devastating statistics, Princess Charlene set up her foundation in 2012 which has implemented an international three-tiered mission focusing on learning-to-swim, water safety, and sport and education programs to educate children and young people – regardless of their origins, culture or circumstances – and to arrange amateur sporting competitions which encourage healthy, active lifestyles, the value of friendships and team spirit. The foundation’s US board of directors includes, as president, H.E Maguy Maccario Doyle, Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States; Ms. Wallis Annenberg, president and CEO of The Annenberg Foundation; Mr. Greg Louganis, Olympic and world champion diver; and Ms. Dara Torres, Olympic and world champion swimmer.

Ambassador Maccario Doyle said, “It is a privilege, and indeed a pleasure, for me to support Her Serene Highness in the United States in her quest. We will work hard to promote water safety, sport and education programs, with a focus on the young, as well as the precious values of good sportsmanship like respect, teamwork and fair play. These values are central in Princess Charlene’s personal ethics. Her dedication to the safety and welfare of children, in particular, around the world is truly admirable and is to be applauded.”

“Princess Charlene has a unique and beautiful platform to engage kids with sports, and I’m honored by, and grateful to her, to help promote these values. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity, through the foundation, to help bring such important fundamentals into the lives of young people. Learning to swim can be life-saving, but is also a process that can be fun for the entire family,” said Mr. Louganis.

On May 12, the prestigious Blue Ribbon of The Music Center in Los Angeles, will honor the Princess with a special lunch at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in order to present her with a commemorative award in appreciation of her commitment to enriching the lives of children, and to acknowledge and welcome the launch of the US chapter of her foundation. The event entitled “Behind Palace Doors: A Conversation with Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco” will be held under the honorary chairmanship of Wallis Annenberg. Mary Hart, TV personality and former host of Entertainment Tonight will be mistress of ceremonies.

The foundation’s US chapter launch is supported by the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach, the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica – Saint Anne School branch, Dick and Noelle Wolf, Jacqueline Tesoriero, Renee Pepys Lowe, Larraine Segil, and Straps Unlimited, LLC.

To learn more, please visit www.PCMFUSA.org and join us on Facebook.

About the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA, Ltd.
The US chapter is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in New York State in 2016 to further the goals of the parent foundation which was established by Princess Charlene of Monaco, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa, to promote water safety, sport and education programs particularly for children and young people. This 501(c)(3) (pending) charitable organization will promote the benefits of sporting activities; teach children and adults basic swimming, water safety, first-aid and drowning prevention skills, and foster national or international amateur sports competitions. Since the parent foundation was set up in 2012, under the Princess’s presidency and the vice presidency of Monaco’s Sovereign, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, more than 100 water safety programs benefiting almost 100,000 people, mainly children, have been implemented in Monaco, South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Sudan, Serbia, Tanzania, Thailand, the USA, and Zimbabwe. www.fondationprincessecharlene.mc and www.PCMFUSA.org

Editor’s Note: Photography and videography of this event to be covered exclusively by Getty Images. Captioned images and video footage will be available after the event and by request to press contacts below. Interviews, by prior request to press contacts, will be available with the Foundation’s President, Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle, and board members Ms. Wallis Annenberg, Mr. Greg Louganis and Ms. Dara Torres.

Press Contacts:
Pam Golum (The Lippin Group): pgolum@lippingroup.com 323-965-1990
Elle Berdy (Embassy of Monaco): eberdy@monacodc.org 917-689-7424

*Copied with permission from the publisher – Fact sheet N°347, April 2014, published by the World Health Organization (who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs347/fr)/

 

2015 Peter Benchley Ocean Award Winners include H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry

Friday, May 15th, 2015

U.S. Senators Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii will be award presenters

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry will be honored at the 2015 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at the Carnegie Institution for Science at 1530 P St., NW  in Washington, D.C. The world’s preeminent ocean honors are named after the late author of “Jaws” and lifelong marine conservationist Peter Benchley.

Prince Albert II will attend the ceremonies. Due to official business, Secretary Kerry is unable to attend. A VIP reception begins at 5:00 pm followed by the awards ceremony at 6:00 pm and the dinner at 7:30 pm.

 

The awards program was co-founded by Wendy Benchley, an ocean conservation and policy advocate, and David Helvarg, author and executive director of Blue Frontier. Often referred to as the “Academy Awards” for the ocean, the Benchley Awards recognize excellence across a range of expertise, including national leadership, policy, science, media, youth and grassroots activism.

During the 8th annual awards ceremonies, Prince Albert II will be presented with the Award for Excellence in National Stewardship.

Prince Albert II is a fourth generation ocean champion, who frequently takes part in marine scientific expeditions to observe the ocean’s most pressing challenges. He is the only Head of State ever to travel to both poles. In 2006 he established the Prince Albert II Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the ocean and the environment, as well as addressing key threats such as climate change and ocean acidification.

“Prince Albert has played a vital role in supporting scientific research expeditions and high level collaborations around the important issues of overfishing and climate change,” said Mrs. Benchley. “He has advocated for protection of the high seas and promoted healthy ocean policies in many forums that influence decision-making on a global scale.”

Prince Albert II also will participate in a leadership forum “The Ocean in 2050,” at the National Geographic headquarters (1145 17th St., NW) on May 14.  Other panelists include: Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Vice Admiral Charles D. Michel, U.S. Coast Guard, and Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. The forum from 1:30 pm – 3 pm is free and open to the public.

Secretary Kerry will be honored with the award for Excellence in Policy. Accepting on his behalf will be U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts and Benchley award winner for policy in 2013.

“As someone who respected and admired Peter Benchley’s passion for ocean conservation, I am both honored to receive and pleased to accept this award….Peter Benchley’s ocean conservation legacy is an inspiration and reminder that the ocean needs every one of us to champion its cause,” said Secretary Kerry in his acceptance letter.

 

This year’s award winners include:

  • Daniel Pauly for Excellence in Science; considered a science rock star in the field of global fisheries, he is the founder of “Sea Around Us” project at the University of British Columbia and a preeminent authority on the threat overfishing poses to food security.
  • The Economist for Excellence in Media.http://buygefitinib.org/ http://buyimatinib.org/
    The Economist has dedicated a significant amount of its news coverage to the growing and varied challenges facing the world’s oceans and is encouraging the creation of a “blue economy” where economic opportunity and growth are balanced by responsible investment in a sustainable ocean. Accepting for The Economist is Charles Goddard, Editorial Director, Asia Pacific.
  • Nainoa Thompson for Excellence in Exploration; a native Hawaiian voyager and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, who is the first Hawaiian in seven centuries to practice the ancient Polynesian art of long-distance navigation known as “way finding”. S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who is a powerful voice for marine protection, will present the award.
  • Madison “Pip” Stewart for Christopher Benchley Youth Award; an ocean activist since the age of 8, she has spent more than a decade protecting sharks in waters near her Australian home. She is the subject of an award-winning Smithsonian documentary, “Shark Girl.”
  • Todd Miller for Hero of the Seas; founder of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, which works to enhance the environment and economy of the state’s coastline.
  • Dana Beach for Hero of the Seas; founder of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, which works to protect the state’s beaches, marshes, pine savannahs and marine wildlife.

All media must apply for credentials. Request credentials at jstaihar@comcast.net. Please state your name, affiliation and contact information. Phone: 202-797-7373; mobile 202-494-2490. Additional information available at www.peterbenchleyoceanawards.org or http://www.peterbenchley.com/awards

Leave Your Message Here to Congratulate TT.SS.HH. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene on the Occasion of the Birth of Their Children

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

On December 10, 2014, TT.SS.HH. the Prince and Princess of Monaco had the great pleasure of announcing the birth of Their children, Crown Prince Jacques, Honoré, Rainier (born at 5:06pm) and Princess Gabriella, Thérèse, Marie (born at 5:04pm)

Please use the comments section below to leave a congratulatory message to their Serene Highnesses.  Messages will be compiled and sent to the Princely Palace.

The Prince and Princess are kindly requesting to abstain from sending gifts and suggest instead donations to either the Princess Grace Foundation-USA or the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA*. Donations can be made online by clicking on the foundation link.

(* foundations are suggested to U.S. citizens and residents for tax purposes)

Princely Births – Official Statement from the Princely Palace

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Fête Nationale 2014 Salon des Glaces et déjeuner

It is with immense joy that TT.SS.HH the Prince and Princess of Monaco have the great pleasure to announce the birth of Their children named:

 

–        Gabriella, Thérèse, Marie (born at 17h04)

 

–        Jacques, Honoré, Rainier (born at 17h06)

 

The births took place on 10th December 2014 at the Maternity of the Princess Grace Hospital Monaco.

The Princess and the Children are doing well.

 

The Prince Jacques, Honoré, Rainier is the Crown Prince. In accordance with the historic custom established by the treaty of Péronne (1641), He shall receive the title of Marquis of Baux (in Provence).

The Princess Gabriella, Thérèse, Marie, second child in the line of succession, shall receive the title of Countess of Carladès (in Auvergne).

H.S.H. Prince Albert is Keynote Speaker at Our Ocean Conference Hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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June 16-17, 2014 — In an important and significant visit for His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, his Foundation for the environment, and for the Principality, Monaco’s Sovereign traveled to Washington, D.C. this week as a special guest of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s “Our Ocean” initiative. Prince Albert was the key note speaker at a luncheon on Tuesday, June 16 at the State Department. Other notable attendees included President Tommy Remengesau of the Republic of Palau, Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz of Chile, Foreign Minister Borge Brende of Norway, Togo’s Foreign Minister Robert Dussey, and President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank. As well as participating in high-level discussions, Prince Albert held a bi-lateral meeting with, and attended a press briefing alongside Secretary Kerry (see more at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/06/227635.html) The “Our Ocean” conference (http://ourocean.info) convened world leaders, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities to gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives, and demonstrate effective actions. Topics and panelists included Exploring, Understanding & Conserving Our Ocean with Philippe Cousteau (EarthEcho International), Margaret Leinen  (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), and Enric Sala (National Geographic).