Making REALLY Big Waves
It’s hard to write about our Making Waves 20th Anniversary celebration and feel like I am doing the event justice. In short, in raising $330,000 this was easily our most successful event ever! The warm, late spring evening was perfect for the outdoor, elegant venue at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica.
The silent auction tables were overflowing with insanely cool items ranging in value from restaurant gift certificates to international luxury vacations. We only expected 2 silent auction tables and ended up using 5! Guests enjoyed a wide variety of tray passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks under the fig tree. Even the succulent centerpieces were so beautiful that they became hot sellers before the end of the event!
More importantly than the food and décor, it was seeing all the support and feeling the vibe of giving for clean water that truly made the event unforgettable. Over 300 supporters, volunteers, LA Waterkeeper board members and staff, and community leaders all came together to show how much they care about clean water and what LA Waterkeeper does to protect LA’s water. You can see for yourself what LA Waterkeeper has done to fight for clean water over the last 20 years by watching our 20th Anniversary Video! http://youtu.be/2DFiAHTZi44
As the night rolled on, our Executive Director Liz Crosson and Santa Monica Baykeeper founder Terry Tamminen spoke about the accomplishments of the organization as well as hopes for the next 20 years. A live call for support far surpassed our goal of $20,000 for 20 years by raising over $30,000. As the silent auction table closed and dessert was served, Steven Roth’s band rocked the house. The evening wrapped up as a huge success and I think everyone involved is looking forward to celebrating the next 20 years of fighting the battle for clean water with LA Waterkeeper.
-Amanda Gruen, MPA Outreach Coordinator