CNN founder Ted Turner to be honored by Charleston’s aquarium

Ted Turner is seen at an October playoff game between Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. (AP/File)

CNN founder Ted Turner will be honored by and at the S.C. Aquarium in Charleston next month for his efforts to protect the environment.

The Oceans Gala event is scheduled for April 27.

The highlight of the $300 per-person fund-raiser will be the awarding of the Aquarium’s annual Environmental Stewardship Award to the billionaire media mogul and philanthropist.

Turner said today in a statement that he was “deeply honored” by the recognition.

“South Carolina is a very special place for my family, and we strive to be good stewards of the land locally and globally,” he said. “It’s crucial that we work to save everything, from our oceans and wildlife to our rainforests and marshlands. A healthy planet is the most important gift we can give to our children and grandchildren.”

In addition to launching CNN and the 24-hour news cycle, Turner also founded Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and cable station WTBS. As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift that created the United Nations Foundation.

Turner has extensive land holdings along the South Carolina coast and at least one family connection in the Charleston area: Son Teddy Turner, a former 1st Congressional District candidate, lives in Mount Pleasant.