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Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Monica with Heal the Bay has a lively mix of environmental leaders are being honored May 14th at the non-profit’s 30th Anniversary Awards Gala, encompassing the worlds of professional sports, film making and craft brewing.

Held on the sand at The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica, this year’s festivities will welcome more than 1,000 guests as they celebrate under the stars in support of clean oceans and healthy watersheds. The event brings together a diverse group of environmental champions, entertainment figures, local government officials and business leaders. Now in its second decade, the gala has grown into L.A.’s ultimate beach party. Tickets are now on sale.

Guests will recognize the environmental leadership of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, whose players all live near South Bay beaches and have been longtime Heal the Bay program participants; Golden Road Brewing, whose founder, Meg Gill, serves on the Heal the Bay board and has instituted a number of sustainable business practices at the buzzed-about craft brewery, and documentary filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite, whose “Blackfish” spawned intense national debate about the ethics of keeping orcas in captivity.  While working in separate sectors, the honorees are unified in their commitment to clean oceans and healthy shorelines. The longtime Heal the Bay supporters have championed environmental change in their respective fields, each embodying the theme of this year’s event: “Honor Our Past, Imagine Our Future.”  “These honorees have all used their public profiles to raise awareness about our oceans in a natural and compelling way,” said Alix Hobbs, president of Heal the Bay.  “Their leadership is an example to all people who want to make a positive impact by making sure businesses prioritize the environment.”  With its beach-chic vibe and laid-back elegance, Heal the Bay’s annual gala sells out each year. A dynamic silent and live auction filled with once-in-a-lifetime items, designer cocktails against a sunset backdrop and surprise entertainment offerings are among the enticements. Group tables and individual tickets, beginning at $500, are available HERE.

Event proceeds fund a third of Heal the Bay’s annual operating budget, supporting such programs as water-quality testing, volunteer beach cleanups and marine-science field trips for underserved students.

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com