Surfrider Announces First Annual Art Gala Fundraiser

On Friday, May 4, 2001, the San Diego Surfrider Foundation will host the First Annual Surfrider Foundation Art Gala at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla, California. The goal for the evening will be to raise awareness of local surfer/artists’ talents, while also spotlighting the environmental issues surrounding San Diego’s magnificent coastline; and of course, to raise funds necessary to continue the important work of the local Surfrider chapter.

[IMAGE 1]The San Diego Surfrider Foundation is seeking sponsorships for the first annual Art Gala, an evening that will include a silent auction, catered dinner, live music performances, and a slide show by Aaron Chang. Contributions can be made by purchasing a VIP table, individual tickets, or by placing an ad in the event program honoring the participating artists and/or the Surfrider Foundation.

“By supporting the Surfrider Foundation, you can help ensure a better future for our irreplaceable coastline,” says San Diego Surfrider Foundation’s Heather Hoggendam. “Your sponsorship will help us continue to fight coastal pollution, poorly planned coastal development, and restrictions on beach access that affect all of San Diego’s citizens. This is your opportunity to bring us one step closer to achieving the healthy coastal ecosystem we all desire and deserve.”

Founded in 1989, the San Diego Surfrider Foundation is one of the oldest, largest, and most active chapters within the international organization. San Diego Surfrider Foundation programs include water quality testing, education outreach, beach cleanups, internships, and coastal resource mapping.

Geographically, the chapter boundaries reach from the semi-private beaches of Camp Pendleton in the north, to the oft-polluted Border at the Tijuana River. With more than 65 miles of coastline, two large bays, numerous lagoons and estuaries, and many miles of tributary waterways to look out for, the San Diego Surfrider Foundation faces an incredibly daunting challenge. The health of these waterways directly impacts not only our region’s economy, but also the quality of life for citizens from the water’s edge all the way to the desert.

For more information, contact Heather Hoogendam: E-mail:; phone: (858) 792-9940.