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“Slumdog Millionaire” Actor/Activist Dev Patel Teams Up With Blacksmith To Launch Pure Earth

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Dev Patel, artist Faith Ringgold and Pure Earth/Blacksmith president Richard Fuller at the inaugural Pure Earth benefit gala in NYC on April 26, 2014.

Actor/activist Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) has teamed up with our sister nonprofit Blacksmith Institute to help launch PURE EARTH, a new campaign that aims to raise awareness of the threat toxic pollution poses to poor children living in some of the world’s worst polluted places.

Patel, who celebrated his birthday just days before the inaugural benefit gala, called Pure Earth “the single greatest present!”

The Pure Earth benefit gala honored Dev Patel and Sheldon Kasowitz, Managing Partner at Indus Capital Partners, and featured artworks for auction by Yoko Ono, Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, Olivia Munn and the cast of Newsroom, Faith Ringgold and others.

Read a Q&A with Patel on how he came up with the name Pure Earth, and why he thinks there is an urgent need to fight toxic pollution threatening poor children.

Great Forest is a proud supporter of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute. 

Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute president Richard Fuller presents Dev Patel with his award at the inaugural Pure Earth benefit gala in NYC on April 26, 2014
Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute president Richard Fuller presents Dev Patel with his award at the inaugural Pure Earth benefit gala in NYC on April 26, 2012
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Dev Patel and Freida Pinto at the inaugural Pure Earth benefit ball in NYC on April 26, 2014. Patel has teamed up with the nonprofit Blacksmith Institute to launch PURE EARTH.

 

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