Love’s good vibration$ give ECO a boost

An apparently spontaneous $ 100,000 donation by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys proved to be the highlight of the Los Angeles-based Earth Communications Office’s awards program Monday.

Event was hosted by ECO executive director Bonnie Reiss.

Items on the agenda included a celebration of the recent campaign to eliminate cardboard longboxes from compact disc packaging; the announcement of ECO’s upcoming campaign to use recycled plastic for CD jewel boxes; and commending the Beach Boys, Bonnie Raitt and children’s artist Raffi for using cardboard “Eco-Pacs” on recent CD releases.

In addition, publicist Martin Folkman and Rykodisc’s Rob Simonds were cited for spearheading the “ban-the-box” campaign.

Love, referring to Reiss’ earlier announcement of ECO’s annual budget, turned to her during his acceptance speech and said, “You said $ 300,000? Make it $ 400 ,000,” jokingly adding that his band’s donation was “no biggie … just like doing ‘Barbara Ann’ one more time. We’ll take it out of (their fee for performing at) the Minnesota State Fair and bring it back to Los Angeles.”

After the event, an ECO rep said that the donated $ 100,000 will go toward the org’s annual budget, which will in fact be $ 350,000.

The ceremony, held in the rainforest-like garden pool of the Westwood Marquis Hotel, featured a vegetarian lunch, and trophy statuettes made of marble “left over from other uses,” according to Reiss. The guest list included reps of many labels, U.S. Congressmen Henry Waxman and Howard Berman, Recording Industry Assn. of America executive VP Hillary Rosen, National Assn. of Theater Owners (California) president Tim Warner and reps from several other environmental organizations.

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