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Surfrider’s 14th Annual Art Gala Raises $32,000 To Protect Our Coastlines

DATE 05/13/14

Contact: Amanda Hall
Art Gala Event Coordinator, Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter
Phone: (307) 752-5071

Surfrider’s 14th Annual Art Gala Raises $32,000 To Protect Our Coastlines

SAN DIEGO -  The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s sold out 14th Annual Art Gala raised $32,000 to help protect the regions oceans, waves and beaches.

The event, which was held last Friday, May 9th at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, celebrated ocean advocacy while showcasing local artists and raising funds for Surfrider’s programs.  Highlights from the event, emceed by KPRi’s Madison Keith, included live painting from Hill Young, Rodney Rodrigo Mccoubrey, and Wade Koniakowsky, an interactive art project where guests were asked to write, draw or paint why they love their oceans, waves and beaches, and a musical sets by San Diego musicians Paul Cannon and Tristan Prettyman.

“The Art Gala was, once again, a smashing success,” says Art Gala Coordinator, Amanda Hall.  “Paradise Point Resort and Spa is a gracious host and partner who supports the vision of dozens of volunteers to craft a stunning event.  It was a true thrill to see so many enthusiastic activists and supporters gathered for the event.”

With over one hundred art and non-art auction packages, bidders were tempted by a diverse selection of items.  While enjoying the beauty of the bay, the 450 attendees dined on delicious food provided by Paradise Point Resort and Spa and Jimbo’s…Naturally, and beverages from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Stone Brewing Company.  The $32,000 raised at the event will directly benefit the Surfrider Foundation’s education, outreach and advocacy directed at protecting San Diego County beaches.

Chapter Chair, Roger Kube, says, “Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, staff, sponsors, artists, and attendees, we experienced one of the most successful Art Galas in our chapter's history.  The success of this event and the funds we raised will allow us to continue our efforts to protect our oceans, waves and beaches here in San Diego County.”

For more information, visit the event page at or contact Art Gala Coordinator, Amanda Hall, at or (307) 752-5071.

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