MOBILE, Ala (WALA) -- A documentary celebrating the life of a mobile native best known for being an explorer who documented and brought video of the ocean depths to millions of viewers made its Alabama debut Thursday night.
Hundreds turned out to pay tribute to Mike deGruy and help raise money for a scholarship in his name.
“It's to celebrate his life, but really to draw attention to ocean conservation, exploration, and protection,” said Mimi deGruy, Mike’s wife and filmmaker.
Mike died in 2012, but for the two years before that he was focused on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster which brought his focus back home.
“It's my hope that by celebrating Mike's career and by bring people through his journey to the oil spill that they'll feel how devastated he was,” Mimi said.
The Alabama debut is just the 3rd time the film has ever been seen.
Thursday’s event fitting because the proceeds are going to the scholarship created in his name to send a student to college to learn about marine science.
“His goals and his feelings about the environment in conversation go hand in hand with what we do,” said Helene Hassell, with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation. “It's just a perfect fit.”
For Mike's wife, Mimi, who wants to continue her husband's work, she said she's happy to help the groups her husband loved.
“So it was really exciting for us to bring the film here and share it with his hometown, but also do something on behalf of these groups,” Mimi said.
Those groups Mike loved are the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation and the Mobile Baykeepers, among others.