Clean Water Awards Announced!

Tickets are still available for Thursday and you can purchase yours here:
www.surfridersd.org/artgala_2010.php
Here’s part of our press release from today:

At the 10th Annual Art Gala, the Surfrider Foundation is honoring musician Jason Mraz, local business Cali Bamboo and Encinitas Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan the organization’s prestigious Clean Water Award. The coveted award is presented once a year to local environmental heroes who have made significant contributions towards helping the Surfrider Foundation fulfill its mission of protecting and preserving our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

“We could not have chosen a more deserving group of honorees for our Clean Water Awards,” says Manase Mansur, Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter Chair. “Over the years, Jason, Cali Bamboo and Deputy Mayor Houlihan have continued to help the Surfrider Foundation advance its mission and raise coastal awareness amongst friends, family and the public, and for that we extremely grateful.”

Jason Mraz has called San Diego County home for awhile and like most of us, he loves the coast. In addition to having the last show of his 2009 tour be a fundraiser for non-profits, Jason helps raise awareness for important issues in easy ways such as promoting reusable water bottles. Cali Bamboo has been a big Surfrider supporter through the 1% For The Planet program and currently have a ‘Green Home Challenge’ sustainable building project contest with Surfrider. You can find Cali Bamboo owners and employees at Surfrider events and chapter meetings, they are involved on a personal level. Encinitas Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan is a grassroots activist that realized an effective way to fight for issues you believe in is to become an elected official. While Surfrider never endorses politicians we do appreciate all of the general environmental work Maggie has done to help protect the coast.

Surfrider Foundation’s Clean Water Award recipients will be honored at the organization’s 10th Annual Art Gala silent auction fundraiser on Thursday, May 20 at The Powerhouse Community Center in Del Mar, 1658 Coast Blvd. Set in a picture perfect oceanfront setting, the gala will feature beautiful art, delectable food and drink, musical entertainment and coastal conservation highlights. Tickets can be purchased at www.surfriderSD.org. Preview art at artgala.blogspot.com

“Many surfers consider riding waves to be more like an artistic expression session than an athletic activity. So I am not surprised that the Surfrider Foundation’s once-a-year Art Gala is a magnet for those who appreciate and want to acquire top artists’ ocean-inspired art.’” said Manase Mansur, Chair of Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego Chapter.

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