150 people attended the 8th Annual Art Gala on May 8th in Del Mar, which was set amid ocean breezes and the sound of crashing waves at the Powerhouse Community Center. It was an evening of beautiful art, fine food and drink, and coastal conservation that raised over $35,000 for the Chapter. The event included silent and live auctions of ocean and surf themed artwork from renowned local and national artists including Andy Davis, Michael Cassidy, Jeff Yeomans and Wade Koniakowsky. There was also great photography from Rob Machado, Aaron Chang and others. Attendees also bid on one-of-a-kind surfboards and other unique items. Gourmet food was prepared by Events by Christopher, local brewer, Stone Brew, donated beer while the wine was donated by Twin Fin.

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The evening’s program included an awards ceremony recognizing San Diego County individuals’ and businesses’ contributions to protecting the coastal environment. But the highlight was a check presentation from SIGG, the Swiss Bottle Company who was the event’s main sponsor. SIGG has worked closely with the Chapter on their Rise Above Plastics campaign.