Ralphs to Sponsor Heal the Bay's Aquarium, Eco Education Resources
SANTA MONICA, CA (Thursday, April 19, 2012) – Heal the Bay today announced a partnership with Ralphs Grocery Company to fund resources for Coastal Cleanup Day, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and a Heal the Bay activity guide highlighting ways to for kids to prevent marine pollution in their communities.
Representatives from Ralphs will present Heal the Bay staff with a $25,000 donation on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21 at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium at 10:30 a.m. The Aquarium is located beach level, beneath the Santa Monica Pier, at 1600 Ocean Front Walk.
A portion of the funds donated by Ralphs will go toward coordinating Coastal Cleanup Day in Los Angeles County on Sept. 15, 2012. Last year Ralphs sponsored the event, which attracted nearly 11,000 volunteers who removed 44,000 pounds of trash at sites across the Southland. The remaining funds will support programs and resources that encourage ocean stewardship in children at Heal the Bay’s education facility, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, as well as via an Aqua Explorers guide geared to students in grades K-5.
Aquatic science education is a key component to Heal the Bay’s mission, with the regional environmental group providing field trips for local youth and school groups to visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium as well as teacher training and curriculum development to schools all over Southern California.
"The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is an incredible resource for both kids and adults. We give people a peek at the beauty under the waves of Santa Monica Bay and teach the connection between their neighborhood, the ocean and their actions,” said Karin Hall, Heal the Bay’s Executive Director. “If you litter in the Valley, or pour oil into storm drain in Venice, you are polluting the Bay and harming the animals that live there. We are grateful for Ralphs’ long term partnership and their support of our environmental education efforts.”
Ralphs has long supported Heal the Bay’s environmental initiatives, sponsoring the annual Coastal Cleanup Day, as well as A Day Without a Bag, an education event to encourage Angelenos to forgo single-use plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable ones. The retailer is among several Southern California corporations that have chosen to partner with Heal the Bay to support one of our science, education or community action programs. If your company is interested in fulfilling their philanthropic goals by supporting a similar program or in sponsoring a companywide beach cleanup, please contact Development Manager Kate Nevels at 310-451-1500 x159 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Sustainability is important to Ralphs and Heal the Bay is the perfect partner to help us do our part to protect the environment,” said Kendra Doyel, Sr. Manager, Public Relations. “Through our support of the Coastal Cleanup Day, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and a Heal the Bay activity guide we hope to provide ongoing education of how to best preserve earth’s limited resources.”
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 245 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $8 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.,(NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit their web site at www.ralphs.com.
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.