Bring Back the Beach 2013 A Seaside Success!

Sipping on an artisanal cocktail, winning a life-changing vacation and jamming to the music of Ziggy Marley during a Santa Monica beach sunset — does life get any better? Yes, it does when it goes to benefit clean oceans!

Bring Back the Beach on May 16, 2013, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica, was truly the ultimate beach party. Hollywood A-listers and guests joined us for an evening under the stars to honor Heal the Bay’s former president Mark Gold, D. Env., Oscar-winning actor and environmental champion Jeremy Irons, and founder of the Inclusive Health movement and philanthropist Dr. Howard Murad.

Our supporters were treated to a special acoustic performance by five-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley, who received the true VIP treatment, with Heal the Bay’s Marine & Coastal Scientist Dana Roeber Murray and her husband Brian chauffeuring him home after the show!

Guests had the chance to bid on a completely decorated cabana set, courtesy of Coastal Living magazine, and a new 2013 Scion FR-S, contributed by LAcarGUY.

Thanks to our dedicated guests, we exceeded our goal, and raised more than $1 million for programs that work toward clean beaches and oceans. Rest assured: Our teachers, water quality scientists, policy advocates, beach cleanup organizers, and aquarists, to name a few, plan to put those dollars to good work.

Check out photos from Bring Back the Beach or spot your friends in the Lucky Laughter Photo Booth!

Update: We’ve added even more photos of guests at Bring Back the Beach on Flickr! Or tag your blue carpet moment on Facebook!

To our table sponsors, ticket buyers, and auction bidders, new and long-time supporters alike, we are truly grateful.