E3 2012: Goody Awards To Recognize The Blu with First Eco Goody Award at E3

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The Goody Awards for social good is honored to present the first Eco Goody Award to The Blu at the Shifted2U E3 Event http://bit.ly/HUCfkf on Wed, June 6th as part of their World Oceans Month Campaign. This E3 event will be held during the largest gaming convention of the year at the Crocker Club (Spring and 5th) in downtown Los Angeles. There will be a red carpet from 8:00-9:30pm, an awards presentation where Richard Taylor (Tron, Star Trek) will accept the Eco Goody Award for The Blu, and a display of The Blu’s 3D animated ocean designed by world class designers and Academy Award winners.

To recognize The Blu for their ocean preservation and World Oceans Day Celebration, the Goody Awards (http://goodyawards.com) will honor The Blu with the First Eco Goody Award at the Shifted2U E3 Event on Wed, June 6th as part of their World Oceans Month Campaign. Throughout June and into July, the Goody Awards will be promoting The Blu and ocean preservation with special awards, a photo contest on Facebook http://bit.ly/K4rosf, and events. The Blu is the world's first social digital ocean that users can download, explore and share. The company officially launched with displays in Times Square in May. For World Oceans Day, John Bates, The Blu, explains The Blu's online celebration in this video: http://youtu.be/dMo-FyyPXAc. On Friday, June 8th, The Blu, The OceanElders (Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ted Turner and others) and WildAid (with celebrity ambassadors, Leonardo DiCaprio, Minnie Driver, Harrison Ford, and others) will join to support ocean preservation.

The first Eco Goody Award is being presented to The Blu’s Maker Creative Committee of world-class designers, including Andy Jones, Academy Award Winner/Avatar, Kevin Mack, Academy Award Winner, What Dreams May Come, Richard Taylor, Tron and Star Trek, and Tahakio Akiyama, Final Fantasy. The award is being presented for their stunning 3D animated world ocean, interactive education platform, ongoing contributions to preserving oceans, and for the upcoming World Oceans Day celebration. Nevile Spiteri, CEO and Co-Founder of The Blu, shared, “We’re honored to receive this Eco Goody Award, and appreciate the support for theBlu and World Oceans Day. Join the global celebration on June 8th and dive in at theblu.com.”

Tanna Frederick, Actress, Surfer and Founder of Project Save our Surf, will present the award at this E3 event to Richard Taylor (Tron, Star Trek) from The Blu on June 6th. Tanna is passionate about preserving oceans, and has already bought 27 fish from The Blu (The Blu is free, but anyone can buy fish, and part of the proceeds goes towards ocean preservation.) Tanna observed, “What the Blu provides is genius...Here is a group of virtual ecological masterminds who have combined not only the most entertaining program to literally 'dive' into-with the exacting simulation of fishes', dolphins, sharks, and whales' movements and migratory habits and behaviors…the Blu gives us the opportunity to learn to conserve because the programs provided a personal and emotional attachment to a world which is otherwise unavailable but nonetheless crucial to our human existence. I have never seen such a brilliant and desperately needed program such as this - and accessible not just to the elite but to everyone- children, adults, it is memorizing and I dare anyone to try to pull themselves away from it.”

To support The Blu and World Oceans Month, where many hold events to raise awareness of the need to preserve oceans that are 72% of the earth’s surface, the Goody Awards also launched a photo contest on June 1st. Users can upload a photo of “Marine Water” (Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Streams, Waterfalls), marine life or marine animals between June 1 - June 30, 2012 via Facebook. Users will vote to decide on the best photo in early July (July 1-12), and the winner will receive a Sony Tablet S. http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/235316

On World Oceans Day on June 8th, the Big Blu whale, created by Academy Award winner Andy Jones (Avatar), will be seen for the first time on TheBlu.com. Ambassador Species sponsored by WildAid and the OceanElders will be available for purchase to support ocean conservation. The OceanElders include Sir Richard Branson, Gigi Brisson, Jackson Browne, Dr. Rita Colwell, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Graeme Kelleher, Sven Lindblad, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Nainoa Thompson, Ted Turner, Captain Don Walsh, and Neil Young. The WildAid Celebrity Ambassadors include Carmelo Anthony, Sir Richard Branson, Jackie Chan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Minnie Driver, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, Jane Goodall, Kate Hudson, Ang Lee, and Yao Ming. For more information on The Blu’s World Oceans Day celebration, visit http://theblu.com/feed

Big thanks to our E3 event sponsor, Shifted2U, which is an online hub for gaming, comics, news, podcasts, sports, music, movies, fashion, show coverage and more! Their team of journalists is in action all around the world to bring you all the hot stories, photos and videos. Shifted2u.com has set itself apart from the other typical sites out there by connecting to the viewers through media/news and also offering content that no other site provides. Shifted2u is also a frontrunner in assisting the cause of Redefining Disability in the Media, as a tool to reach out to the intranet generation. Shifted2u LLCs Film Credits include, E!/Style Networks Weddings Gone Wild, VH1s Tool Academy 2 and WEBNs Work It Out. Shifted's gaming coverage of several game nights has been promoted on many sites including on Microsofts website (halo.xbox.com). Shout out to JadeUmbrella for the support of our Eco Goody Award, and your continuous environmentalist work.

About the Goody Awards
Goody Awards, based in Santa Monica, CA, were created to empower individuals to recognize social good via social media. Users can tweet immediate shout outs using #GoodyAwards and the Award Type (#GoodDeedGoody, #HeroGoody or #TeamGoody, and now #EcoGoody.) In addition to awards that anyone can tweet, the Goody Awards manages cause marketing campaigns by bringing together a cause, brand sponsors and celebrities to recognize someone or a team doing social good in the space through Special Awards at events and an Annual Awards Show. The Goody Awards goal is encourage global thank yous on a regularly basis via social media versus limit awards to only a few, as seen on CNN Heroes. CEO and Founder, Liz H Kelly, has helped build companies and recognition programs for Fox Interactive Media/MySpace, the first Sprint PCS / Sprint Spectrum, T. Rowe Price and several internet start-ups in Los Angeles, CA. Global Media Experts, Actors, Actresses, Producers, Mobile Leaders and Philanthropists are all part of the Goody Awards Advisory Board. http://goodyawards.com

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