The Gala made a dazzling splash in celebration of the awe-inspiring suite of technologies making waves worldwide, invented by Founder and CEO of SeaDog Systems, Inc. Kenneth W. Welch, Jr.
Guests included Natalia Castillo, Director of Miss Latina Texas and Founder of FIREYOUP, Samklef, Afrobeat Pop Artist/ Producer, Dimitri Reeves, Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Daniel de Castellane, Philanthropist , Dana Cortez, Radio Host, Michelle Raymond, Vocalist, Songwriter – The Voice en Espanol Contestant, Shamone Lamarra, Gospel & R&B Vocalist, Erica Rose, Attorney & Reality TV Star – Below Deck and The Bachelor, Vincent Powell, American Idol – Season 12, Top 20 Finalist and Reyne Hirsch, TV Host of Antique Road Show.
Reporters captured stars and entertainers sharing their support of the cutting-edge hydropower systems brought forth by DIDI and their shared hope and belief that an environmentally sustainable world is possible for generations ahead once these revolutionary technologies are brought to scale.
Spokeswoman Ms. Greenwalt shared in a red-carpet interview with LaRae Infinity Audio Production, “I stand with this energy alliance because I want to see these new infrastructures brought into the world. They’re sustainable, chemical-free, and resourceful. We’ve brought the power of ocean waves onshore using a wave pool standing technology to generate electricity – and that’s just the beginning.”
Ms. Greenwalt combines her talents of brand management and persuasive speaking to create momentum for world change. “I’ve founded businesses before,” she shared, “But right now, I’m ready to go to trade shows and give my all to promote SSI and DIDI worldwide. [Mr. Welch Jr.’s] inventions are mind-blowing. Waves and water have played an important part of our history, and many companies have tried to harness the power of waves and failed. I’ve visited the wave tank facility, and it is beautiful and aesthetically pleasing in its construction. It’s amazing to see the power of waves harnessed on land.”
Guests at the Gala were influential, forward-thinking individuals who were hand selected because of their commitment to the future of sustainable energy. The individuals who partook in the 4-day event could experience the beauty of the land and sea, with evening soirees and daytime adventures setting sail on the Dreamin’ On yacht.
The site of the Gala, the Galvez Hotel, has been referred to as the “Playground of the Southwest” for its legacy of hosting wealthy socialites, businessmen, and celebrities in the oil, gas, and energy empire of the world. DIDI continued within that legacy to share research and innovative new developments surrounding their wave-driven systems to produce energy and drinking water for all who need it.
The first evening marked toasts from the guests of honor, including Kenneth W. Welch Jr., Founder and CEO of Global Oceanic Designs, Founder and CEO of SeaDog Systems, Inc., and CEO and President of Global X’s Wave Facility. The second day was spent aboard the magnificent sea on the Dreamin’ On yacht, with music from renowned saxophonist Anthony Rejiv accompanied by fresh, succulent sea fare.
Evenings were spent enjoying the Galvez Hotel stages and event areas, wherein global phenomenon Italian singer and influencer Benedette Carretta serenaded the attendees alongside her acclaimed saxophonist Anthony Rejiv and violinist Josh Viette. The young star is known for her wide social media following, surpassing over 1.4M followers on Facebook, 700k on Instagram, and 700k on Youtube with over 120M views with her angelic and beloved singing voice.
The guests enjoyed meaningful keynote presentations and joyous evenings of dance and merriment to celebrate the past year’s successes and bring in the year ahead, including the announcement that the sustainable energy trio, DIDI, SSI, and OSI would be contributing a generous $40,000 to the Just in Time to Save a Life Foundation, a philanthropic organization suppoting suicide prevention. This moving contribution marks a significant impact on the growth of this life-saving Foundation.
Finally, it was time for the week’s culmination– the exhilarating Red Carpet Gala on November 20th, featuring media coverage by Getty Images, special celebrity appearances, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The paparazzi cameras flashed on the red carpet, capturing a range of sustainable energy leaders, entertainers, television stars, and entrepreneurs.
Other key stakeholders in attendance were Georg Engelmann, CEO and Founder of Diamond Infrastructure Development, Texas A&M Galveston Graduate (Maritime Systems Engineering) and University of Houston Alumni (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Steve Keinath, Cargill Board Member.
After the red carpet extravaganza, guests entered the Galvez hotel for a gourmet five-course menu experience. Musical entertainment continued, this time from Anthony Rejiv, Award-Winning Singer, Saxophonist, Actor, Entertainer, Josh Vietti, Hip-Hop Violinist, (50 Cent’s World Tour), and another special appearance from renowned Italian singer Benedetta Caretta.
The Deep Blue Sea Gala was a shining example of what can be achieved when bold ideas are brought together, connections are made, and entertainment and camaraderie are at the forefront. As the event marks the end of a successful year and the beginning of an exciting new one, it is clear that its impact will be felt for a long time to come and will be remembered as a celebration of vision and progress. As we look forward to all that the organizers are set to achieve in 2023, we anticipate an even brighter future for the community at large.