Thank You Thursday 5-1-14

We celebrated Earth Day last Saturday with about 1,800 friends who cleaned the beach on the North side of the Santa Monica Pier, picking up more than 600 pounds of trash. Some also built sand castles and visited our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium – and a few capped the day with a cold Heal the Bay IPA.

Thanks to Stephen Supernor and his AmeriCorps group of Team Blue 4-Pacific region volunteers who provided help toting supplies and giving safety talks for the beach cleanup.  

Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds sponsored the family sand castle building contest, allowing us to provide everyone with those essential tools: a bucket and shovel. 

Kudos to our Corporate partners who took sandcastle-building to another level. The following nine firms participated: ARC Engineering, Bernards, Gensler, HOK, Pivot, REI, RTKL, Steinberg Architects and Tangram.

In the Aquarium, underwater photographer Richard Salas took us all along on his dives from Mexico to the Equator, sharing awe-inspiring photographs and accompanying stories.

Looking ahead, we’re thankful to Union Bank for renewing support for Coastal Cleanup Day.