"You survived! It wasn't the end of the world in 2012, as the Mayans presumably predicted, so we celebrated in big ways on Tuesday with our Not the End of the World Volunteer Party. There are many people to thank for making this party so successful.
First, we want to give a big thank you to Greg Seares and his team at Bodega Wine Bar for hosting our party! This swanky venue worked out perfectly, with its crooks and crannies well suited for various activities, from crafts to photos to raffle entries. And the food was amazing, as always.
We also have a long list of shout-outs geared to our generous sponsors who graciously donated fun raffle prizes to our dedicated volunteers. Arbor Collective donated a beautiful swallowtail skateboard, our neighbors at Starbucks gave their famous Pikes roast with a reusable tumbler, while Dive N Surf provided a beautiful Body Glove wetsuit as well as two beach towel/mat sets!
We had some generous friends at the pier with Pacific Park donating a pair of unlimited ride passes and Santa Monica Pier Bait & Tackle coming through with gift certificates for four fishing poles and bait for a day.
REI was honored as a Super Healer for their huge support to HtB in 2012, and continued the tradition by donating multiple chances to win their camping cookware set of plates and bowls. A big thanks to Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Huckleberry Cafe for the gift cards, Yoga Works for the complimentary one-week passes, Magicopolis for their very generous 10-ticket package to a show, and Planet Bike for the LED bicycle lighting system set.
Not to be out-done, our crafty staffers Tara Treiber (Education Director) and Amanda Jones (Education Specialist) shared their appreciation to our cadre of volunteers, by donating prizes that they made themselves!
Thanks to our amazing volunteers for the work you do for cleaner watersheds and healthier, informed communities. Thank, thank, thank you to the sponsors who donated the space and great prizes to honor our volunteers!