Thank You Thursday - 11.29.12

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Protecting the ocean for future generations is key to Heal the Bay’s mission.

This week we’d like to thank surfer and musician Jack Johnson and The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation for their unwavering support of our ocean protection initiatives and stewardship efforts.

The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation is a non-profit public charity founded in 2008 by Jack and Kim Johnson to promote positive and lasting change within communities by supporting organizations that focus on environmental, art, and music education.

Four recipients of The Wyland Foundation’s Earth Month Heroes awards — Mark Gold (former Heal the Bay president), Sara Bayles (The Daily Ocean blog), Erica Aguilera (program and education intern, summer 2010), and Patricio Guerrero — chose Heal the Bay to receive a gift donation. Congratulations to you all! We are honored to be recognized by these eco-warriors.

And another thank you to Sara Bayles, who just announced that she’s collected over 1,300 pounds of trash from her local beach. Sara began collecting trash in March of 2009 and is nearing her goal of 365 beach cleanups. Twenty minutes at a time, Bayles has cleaned her beach in Santa Monica and inspired hundreds of other people to do Daily Ocean style cleanups all over the world.

We are also grateful to the many folks who supported us on November 27 through the first annual Giving Tuesday philanthropy campaign. Heal the Bay was among more than 2000 corporations and charitable organizations who partnered with 92y.org to kickstart the holiday season with this national giving back effort.

Learn all the ways you can help heal the Bay.