Making Waves

Thanks to our 2017 sponsors!

Santa Monica Bay Sponsors – $25,000
Mindy and Jon Gray

Los Angeles River Sponsors – $10,000
Jay and Carol Borzi
Steve and Stephanie Dahlberg
Dan and Rae Emmett
Jordan and Christine Kaplan
Kennedy Wilson
SA Recycling
Shapiro Family
Steve and Sue Silk
Bill and Cindy Simon
Michael and Claire Van Konynenburg
Matt and Dana Walden

Ballona Creek Sponsors – $5,000
Richard Baskin & Shirley Familian
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
Amy Friedlander Hoffman
LA Sanitation
Pisces Foundation
Waitt Foundation
Susan Harris & Paul Junger Witt

What is Making Waves?

Making Waves is Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s annual benefit to support the organization’s groundbreaking work to safeguard the region’s waterways. Every year, hundreds of LA’s business, philanthropic and community leaders come together to raise awareness and funds needed to help us further our mission to protect our coastal waters and inland waterways through enforcement, fieldwork and community action.


Jay Borzi (right) accepts his Water Warrior award from Chris Chee (left) and Jordan Kaplan (middle)

Jay Borzi (right) accepts his 2016 Water Warrior award from Chris Chee (left) and Jordan Kaplan (middle)

The 2016 benefit was a record-breaking success, generating over $500,000 in support of LA Waterkeeper’s advocacy efforts and in honor of our Water Warriors: Jay Borzi, Lawyers for Clean Water, and SA Recycling. Nearly 400 guests came together for the September soiree, which was themed around Transformation! – in recognition of the fundamental changes underway in the LA region as to resource how and where we get our water, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and revitalize the region’s most impact waterways. Special thanks to our emcee, Terry Tamminen! Learn more by viewing our event video.

Please find event photos on our facebook!

Last year, we honored LA’s Drought Warriors – those who are leading Angelenos in water conservation during the worst drought in California history. Honorees included Google, NBC4 Southern California, Reformation, City of Santa Monica and Omelet. Over 350 guests attended the summer gala and raised a grand total of $300,000 to support our work. Check out the honoree video!

Making Waves Gala 2014

Making Waves Gala 2014

At Making Waves: From the City to the Sea , we honored the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation. Event sponsors and over 300 guests pulled together around $250,000 for LAW to continue protecting our precious water resources throughout LA County. See the event recap here.

In 2013, we celebrated our 20th anniversary and honored The Founders’ Circle, including Richard Baskin, Dan Emmett, Jordan Kaplan, Gil Segel, Terry Tamminen, and Frank & Luanne Wells. The May event was attended by over 300 guests and raised nearly $330,000 in support of our programs. View the press release here.


At The Bay and Beyond: Making Waves 2012, Santa Monica Baykeeper officially unveiled our new name and new look! The June gala raised over $200,000 in honor of the birth of Los Angeles Waterkeeper.

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LA Waterkeeper
120 Broadway, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: 310-394-6162
Fax: 310-394-6178

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