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Annual Barefoot Ball Raises more than $150,000 for STEM-Based Education and Habitat Restoration Programs

Posted on: Jun 10, 2015 / Events-News / 0 COMMENTS

Grace Adams, Executive Director
Bolsa Chica Conservancy

714.846.1114, grace@bolsachica.org

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. (June 9, 2015) – Hundreds gathered on Saturday evening for a night of celebration of conservation, live music, and the festive commemoration of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s 25th year of service to the community and the environment. Dr. Jerry Schubel’s reception of the Conservancy’s 2015 Conservator of the Year award headlined the annual Barefoot Ball. Held on Saturday evening, the event raised more than $150,000 to support the Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s STEM-based education programs and its efforts toward the Conservancy’s goal for the advancement of the Center for Coastal Ecology.

“The Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the Aquarium of the Pacific share the same focus on education as a way to engage youth and the public in the long-term effort to conserve coastal resources like wetlands and the ocean,” said Jerry Schubel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aquarium of the Pacific. “To protect the ocean and marine habitats like Bolsa Chica, we must teach our children and the community. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy does this through their STEM-based work.”

Each year, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy presents the Conservator of the Year Award to an individual, business, or organization that promotes conservation through innovative ideas, scientific discovery, conservation projects, education, technological improvements, or sponsorship of any of the above. This year, Dr. Schubel was selected among a long list of environmental leaders in the community.

Dr. Jerry Schubel is a noted scholar in oceanography. His leadership in ocean conservation through exploration, research, and education has offered insight, innovation, and fearlessness for the future of ocean conservation. In accordance with the Gala’s tradition, 2014 Conservator of the Year winner Wyland presented the award to Dr. Schubel onstage. Dr. Schubel received the honor in front of over 250 guests, who then bid on auctioned items, baskets, and trips. Funds raised will support the Conservancy’s STEM-based education and conservation efforts.

“This award honors those whose work positively impacts coastal conservation efforts,” announced Frank Dela Vara, who chairs Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s Board of Directors. “Dr. Schubel’s undoubtedly consistent and inspiring leadership in conservation research and education is remarkable. He shares the Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s passion for education that encourages today’s youth to protect our environment.”

This celebration also marked the Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s 25th anniversary. Since its inception, the Conservancy has offered numerous benefits to the community. In addition to restoring hundreds of acres of wetlands by removing 120 tons of trash, debris, and invasive plants, the Conservancy has served more than 500,000 students, volunteers, visitors, and community members from over 45 countries and 38 states through its STEM-based education and public awareness programs.

The Barefoot Ball, sponsored by the Disneyland Resort, AES, Simple Green, Toyota, Orange Coast Memorial Hospital, G&M Oil, Pacific Life, California Resources Corporation and many other corporate sponsors, took place on Bolsa Chica State Beach, near Tower 21, where guests enjoyed great food and music on the sand.

“The Barefoot Ball Gala is indeed the most anticipated event executed by the BCC. Without the support of our community, donors, and volunteers, this kind of celebration would not be possible. A huge thank you to all community members who made this exciting event happen.” said Grace Adams, Executive Director of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy. “Funds raised this evening help support our ongoing STEM-based Wetland Ecology Education Programs and the Center for Coastal Ecology.”

About the Bolsa Chica Conservancy
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy, located in Huntington Beach, California, is a private non-profit organization established in 1990 to advocate education and public awareness, restoration and preservation of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Its principal mission is to inspire all generations through community involvement, leadership and hands-on science education on coastal resources, watersheds and wetland science. For more information on the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, visit www.bolsachica.org.

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