We’d like to thank Xceed Financial for encouraging those who join their credit union family to also become Heal the Bay members. One of the requirements to join this financial institution is to be a member of one of a select list of nonprofit organizations, including Heal the Bay. New customers of Xceed have donated many thousands of dollars toward clean waters in 2014.
And a shout-out to Michael Ernstoff, who donated his recent windfall to Heal the Bay on behalf of windsurfers who appreciate our efforts toward a clean and healthy ocean. A film studio paid Ernstoff for the use of his property for their next movie, Ernstoff explained. “(The money) is being passed on to Heal the Bay on behalf of the many windsurfers, like myself, that are thankful for Heal the Bay's efforts to clean up coastal waters,“ he said.
“Changing people’s lives, one bathroom at a time,” is One Week Bath’s motto, but in the case of their marathon week at our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, the Van Nuys company is making three times the difference – and still all in one week! Matt Plaskoff - who’s been surfing the Santa Monica breaks his whole life – wanted his 2,000th bathroom remodel to be a free remodel and a special commemorative project that would have a big impact.
"I grew up in the area, went to Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College, raised my kids on the Bay, and I surf – the health of the Santa Monica Bay is something I am very passionate about," said Plaskoff. "Knowing that these bathrooms are going to serve millions of kids that come to the Aquarium to learn about marine biology makes this one of the most meaningful projects in my career."
The Aquarium staff is ecstatic to have two gorgeous new bathrooms for its visitors – and a remodeled staff bathroom as well. Thanks to One Week Bath, its workers who donated time after hours to complete construction without disrupting Aquarium operations, and to the following companies that donated the materials for the project: Daltile, Ferguson, Kohler, BY Marble, Wellborn, Dunn Edwards and Home Depot.