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Sierra Club’s 125th Anniversary Trail Blazers Ball to Honor Shailene Woodley and Michael R. Bloomberg

Thursday, May 18, 2017 in San Francisco

Annual Fundraising Gala to Celebrate 125 Years of Sierra Club’s Work to Protect the Planet

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO (March 13, 2017) – On May 18, the Sierra Club – the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization – will celebrate its 125th Anniversary at the Trail Blazers Ball in San Francisco with Honorees Shailene Woodley and Michael R. Bloomberg. The event will celebrate the Sierra Club’s historic work at the federal, state, and local levels to protect millions of acres of our wild America and accelerate a just and equitable transition to a 100% clean energy economy.

The Sierra Club’s 125th Anniversary Trail Blazers Ball will be held at Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Event co-chairs are Jack Dorsey (Twitter and Square CEO) and Guy & Jeanine Saperstein (former Oakland A’s owners). The Host Committee includes Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Emmy-nominated actor Thomas Middleditch, Facebook Sustainability Director Bill Wiehl, among other notables listed below.

Golden Globe-nominated actress and environmental activist Shailene Woodley will be honored for her powerful grassroots activism. “I’m proud to celebrate the Sierra Club’s 125 years of historic work to protect our air, water and climate in frontline communities across the country,” said Woodley. “We need their grassroots people power now, more than ever, as we fight at the state and local levels to keep our communities safe for all.”

The star of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” has been an outspoken opponent of the Dakota Access Pipeline, demonstrating alongside the Standing Rock Sioux and hundreds of other tribes and allies to fight back against the crude oil pipeline that threatens their drinking water, culture and livelihood.

Businessman, politician, and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg will be honored for his enduring commitment to combat climate change. “The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign has saved thousands of lives by cleaning the air we breathe and has helped America lead the world in reducing carbon emissions,” said Bloomberg. “The Sierra Club’s work is more important today than ever, and I’m honored to join in celebrating the organization’s 125 years of protecting the planet and the public.”

Through his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, he has partnered with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which has helped retire nearly 250 coal plants across the country. Bloomberg Philanthropies is also producing From the Ashes with RadicalMedia, a documentary about the legacy of the coal industry. He is also the co-author of Climate of Hope with Carl Pope, former executive director of the Sierra Club. Bloomberg also advocated for cities to commit to ambitious climate-related goals as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. With 2.7 million members and supporters, and chapters in every state, the Sierra Club has achieved unparalleled results, and makes change happen for the better at the federal, state, and local levels. The Sierra Club’s successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. Most recently, the Sierra Club made history by leading the charge on a just transition beyond the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption to 100% clean energy for all, including helping retire 250 coal plants across the country and working to secure commitments from 20 U.S. cities to transition to 100% clean energy.

Host committee members include Darren Aronofsky, Kathy Barry & Bob Burnett, Steven & Nicey Berkenfeld, Loren Blackford & Michael Dubno, Chuck & Debbie Frank, Gail & Roy Greenwald, Anna Hawken, Robert & Rosemary Heil, Alex Honnold, Kristin Hull, Thomas Middleditch, Paula Rantz, Kevin Vilkin, and Bill Weihl & Lisa Mihaly.

Sponsors include Do Good Events, Tompert Design, Immersive Environments, Blueprint Studios, and Betty Zlatchin Catering.

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.7 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit

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