Mark Gold, Jeremy Irons, Howard Murad to be feted; surprise guest to entertain
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Southern California environmental group Heal the Bay today announced its annual Bring Back the Beach gala on May 16 will salute three long-time supporters who have lent their voices to protecting the ocean: former Heal the Bay president Mark Gold; Oscar winner and eco-activist Jeremy Irons; and philanthropist Dr. Howard Murad, founder and CEO of Murad, Inc.
Held on the sand at The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica, this year’s beach party will feature music performed live by a surprise guest, a five-time Grammy winning entertainer. The event, which consistently sells out, is expected to lure nearly 1,000 supporters. A lively mix of environmental, government and business leaders will be on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s honorees.
Heal the Bay is recognizing Mark Gold for his years of laser-like focus and tireless advocacy in support of clean water. Dr. Gold was the organization’s first employee and served for 25 years, leading and inspiring Heal the Bay’s work as executive director and president. He has worked extensively in the field of coastal protection and water pollution and is recognized as one of California’s leading environmental advocates. He has authored or co-authored numerous coastal protection, water quality and environmental education bills. Now serving as associate director of UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability, Gold continues to support Heal the Bay as a researcher, fundraiser and board member.
In 2010, Jeremy Irons narrated Heal the Bay’s mockumentary The Majestic Plastic Bag, the story of a single-use plastic bag as it migrates to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival and remains popular on the fest circuit. To date, The Majestic Plastic Bag has been viewed more than 1.9 million times on Heal the Bay’s YouTube channel.
Irons, who in 2011 was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, is currently working to halt the proliferation of trash. In his new feature documentary Trashed: No Place for Waste, Irons follows the migration of rubbish, the tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year. Irons served as the film’s chief investigator as well as the executive producer.
Dr. Howard Murad will be honored for raising awareness for environmental issues and causes. Employees from Dr. Murad’s skincare company Murad, Inc. have joined Heal the Bay on numerous beach cleanups, as well as solidly supported efforts in curtailing marine debris. In addition, Dr. Murad sustains the work of Heal the Bay’s Aquarium, helping to cultivate the Aquarium as an educational resource for creating awareness, instilling environmental stewardship and building a healthier environment.
Highlighting the event’s live auction will be a new 2013 Scion FR-S, a high-performance, 4-passenger sports coupe donated by long-time Heal the Bay supporter and community member LAcarGuy. Guests will also get an opportunity to bid on a piece of art designed by artist Erik Abel exclusively for Bring Back the Beach.
Attire is “beach chic.” Group tables and individual tickets, beginning at $500, are available at healthebay.org/bbb.
About Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay is a non-profit environmental organization making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.
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