Thank You Thursday – 12.6.12
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Today we celebrate how hard work does pay off. Nineteen marine protected areas (MPAs) will become effective December 19, completing the statewide network of MPAs in California’s coastal regions. Last year we rejoiced as the MPAs along the south coast became effective, and now the state will boast a suite of MPAs all the way up to the Oregon border.
Heal the Bay staff and partners worked for years to designate these MPAs, which protect entire ecosystems, allowing animals living in these areas to repopulate.
We extend our thanks to the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation for their ongoing support of our ocean conservation work, especially for establishing these Marine Protected Areas in Southern California!
In addition, we thank Sempra Energy and the Southern California Gas Company for their generous support of our Key to the Sea program and commitment to volunteerism. We are also grateful to the John W. Carson Foundation —established by Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in 1988 — for their longtime support of our beach cleanup and educational programs.
This week Heal the Bay staff got to ring in some festive cheer at our annual holiday party. It was a day to celebrate each other and the hard work and dedication that goes into protecting Southern California’s coastal waters.
We had a wonderful time and it would not have been the rockin’ party it was without the help and generosity of some amazing people and businesses:
- Huge thank you to our awesome board member Barry Gribbon who graciously let us use his home to host our party. You rock, Barry!
- Our party was so sweet thanks to the incredibly moist and delicious bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes.
- Tru Protection not only continues to donate 15% of the proceeds from the Abel Art series of Iphone cases, but they also generously donated a few to raffle off to staff!
- And finally, Alchemie Spa helped us feel pampered when one lucky staffer got to walk away with a gift certificate for an organic manicure. Come treat yourself for a good cause on December 18 when Alchemie throws a party for us, complete with food, drinks, mini-treatments and so much more. All of the proceeds from the evening’s $10 entrance charge, raffle tickets, silent auction and a portion of spa treatments will go to protecting what we all love…the ocean!