‘A’ Listers Head to Beach for Star-Studded Gala

On May 17 Heal the Bay hosted nearly 1,000 of our closest friends and biggest supporters at our annual Bring Back the Beach gala. Themed “Sea of Love,” this year’s sold-out event celebrated eco-couple Danny Moder and Julia Roberts, as well as Amy Smart and Matthew Hart on the sand at the Jonathan Beach Club.

With such A-List honorees, Bring Back the Beach drew top government officials, including City of Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, as well as Hollywood celebrities Peter Fonda and Ali Larter and sports luminary Michelle Kwan.

In addition, Heal the Bay board members Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Sharon Lawrence lent their voices to the upcoming vote in L.A. for a ban on single-use shopping bags and their all-star talent to the awards presentations.

The band Entourage provided high-energy, dance-along tunes that got partygoers out of their seats and up on stage to groove until late in the evening.

Earlier, guests were given a chance to bid on a new Toyota Prius c, generously donated by long-time Heal the Bay supporter and community member LAcarGuy.

To view photos from the event—including a shot of the evening’s amazing Technicolor sunset—visit our Flickr photo set.