48-Hour Web-athon of Art for Sharks!

Staying awake for 48 hours while you create artwork suggested by others, while the entire process streams live on the internet  - That may seem like a novel idea to some, but to Ara Elkins it was just a fun way to share his appreciation for sharks.

Ara and his friends devised a unique plan to bring together the online art communities they each belong to and raise some funds for Shark Savers. For a full 48 hours, non-stop, artists volunteered their talents to draw pictures on demand, creating whatever was requested from the highest bidder.  Participants donated using Shark Savers' fundraiser's Donor Page, and chatted live with the artists through embedded text. 

The artists kept a conference line open with a team of volunteers that managed the communications, donations, suggestions and prize announcements. All donors, even if they were not the highest bidders, were eligible for prizes that were handed out during the event, including grand prizes of one-of-a-kind, commissioned pieces by the artists.

The event drew attention from several online communities, fellow artists, general web users, and even someone researching shark finning.

“We love sharks and we are happy with what Shark Savers is working to do for them” said Pan Wyatt, who helped create and run the event.  

We were thrilled to hear that this artistic, 2-day marathon was so successful for the artists and raised $2,466 for shark conservation! Shark Savers is incredibly thankful for the hard work and talent of the artists, volunteers and participants of this exceptional event; we hope you catch up on your sleep! 

With web, networking, and communication advances there are ever increasing and innovative ways to support Shark Savers’ committed efforts to protect sharks. These technologies allow our global community that cares about the future of sharks to make a real difference and Shark Savers looks forward to the next amazing idea!  

Feeling inspired? You, too, can create or celebrate an event by raising funds to save sharks and rays through Shark Savers' programs. Click here to learn more about creating your own fundraiser, with your personalized Donor Page for shark conservation.

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