HEAL THE BAY ANNOUNCES HONOREES FOR JUNE 9 GALA
Felicia Marcus, L.A. County Lifeguards, Wells
Fargo to be feted on the sand
SANTA MONICA, CA - Environmental group Heal the Bay
today announced a lively mix of honorees for its annual
Bring Back the Beach gala on June 9, 2016. Reflecting the
diverse nature of Southern California’s ocean lovers, the
nonprofit will salute the eco-accomplishments of veteran
water warrior Felicia Marcus, the beach lifeguard division
of the L.A. County Fire Department and Heal the Bay board
member Paul Stimpfl and his employer Wells Fargo & Company.
Held on the sand at The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica,
this year’s “Bring Back the Beach” dinner will welcome more
than 1,000 guests as they celebrate in support of thriving
oceans and healthy watersheds. The event sells out annually
and brings together a lively group of artists, entertainment
figures, local government officials, and business leaders.
Now in its second decade, the gala has grown into L.A.’s
ultimate beach party.
As Chairwoman of the State Water Resources
Control Board, Felicia Marcus has elevated the issue of
water conservation to the national stage. She has been
instrumental in changing how California uses this precious
resource in a changing climate and time of extended drought.
Marcus, a longtime environmental attorney, also served as
one of the founding members of Heal the Bay. She provided
legal guidance when the organization successfully pressured
the city of Los Angeles to stop dumping raw sewage into the
As if rescuing more than 10,000 swimmers
every year wasn’t enough, the Lifeguard Division of the L.A.
County Fire Department plays a crucial role as coastal
stewards. As longtime partners on our policy and education
initiatives, the guards are being recognized for protecting
swimmers, educating about hazards from poor water quality to
riptides, and safeguarding local marine protected areas.
For more than 15 years, Wells Fargo has
supported Heal the Bay's education programs, ensuring that
tens of thousands of underserved students have the
opportunity to visit the beach, experience marine life up
close at our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and develop a
lifelong passion for the ocean. Stimpfl, who serves as
senior vice president of its U.S. Corporate Banking unit,
has been a key liaison.
Group tables and individual tickets, beginning at $500, are
available at www.healthebay.org/bbb.
Click here for
a visual look at last year’s event.
the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making
the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles
safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use
science, education, community action and advocacy.