The Heal the Bay Gala Pays Homage to Incubus and LAcarGUY While Successfully Bolstering Funds
The Health the Bay “Toes in the Sand” event drew a larger crowd to the Santa Monica Jonathan Club than ever before on May 15th.This event, put on by ocean activists Heal the Bay, brought together Southern California’s elite environmental activists as well as some very well-known political and business leaders to help raise money to protect Southern California’s waterways, and it was a great success. By the end of the night the event put together enough money to cover nearly a quarter of all Heal the Bay’s annual expenses. This money covers community outreach programs, and educational efforts aimed at making citizens more aware of the problems their beaches face.
With more than 1,200 guests gathered round, everyone enjoyed a live musical performance by Mowgli’s. Money was raised while sitting through a silent auction, and an awards ceremony was given to honor this year’s notable guests who have offered a significant amount of support bolster Heal the Bay’s effort of improving the health of beach’s and waterways around the area.
Among the guests honored at the event was Mike Sullivan, owner and president of LAcarGuy, the largest hybrid car dealership in the country. Sullivan has donated vehicles to several fundraising efforts in the past and serves on the board of Heal the Bay. Platinum rock-band Incubus was also honored for the many donations that their Make Yourself foundation
“We are so proud to recognize these longtime friends of Heal the Bay for their years of protecting our local beaches and ocean,” exclaimed Danielle Portnoy, the Advancement Director for Heal the Bay “It was a fun night, but the festivities underwrite some serious work that addresses the many issues facing our Bay.”
There were many notable guests at the event but some that stood out the most were Actress Sharon Lawrence who is also a board member for Heal the Bay, Mayor Eric Gercetti, Olympic level diver Greg Louganis, talented fashion designer Sue Wong, and actress Maggie Grace.
Heal the Bay will work to stop the oil drilling operation under the Hermosa Beach seafloor this year, as well as fight against drought conditions by building public funding for storm water systems. On top of this they will educate the surrounding area and build support for cleaner beaches and a healthier community at large.
An organization with 29 years of hard work under its belt, Heal the Bay is a hard-working non-profit that’s focused on improving the Santa Monica Bay as well as the rest of the coastal waterways in Southern California and healthier and safer place. With more than 15,000 members, they certainly have the numbers to have a major impact.