In the spirit of Earth Day, on April 21, local water-watchdog Santa Barbara Channelkeeper held its 18th Annual Blue Water Ball at Deckers Brands’ headquarters. The organization dedicates itself to protecting and restoring the Santa Barbara Channel and its surrounding watersheds, through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement. This year, Channelkeeper’s festive fete was a roaring success, raising more than $190,000 for the organization’s cause.
The evening was orchestrated by Gregory Harrison, who volunteered to step away from his busy life of acting, activism, and surfing, to serve as the night’s Master of Ceremonies
At the gala, 250 revelers sipped fine local wines, shopped at an extensive auction, savored a fresh gourmet dinner, and celebrated Channelkeeper’s recent victories for clean water. VIP guests included Santa Barbara County Supervisor, Das Williams, Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, and Santa Barbara City Council member Eric Friedman.
Guests had the privilege of hearing a moving keynote address by environmentalist and filmmaker Mimi Armstrong DeGruy, and seeing a sneak peek into her upcoming film Diving Deep, a documentary celebrating her late husband, the irrepressibly curious and enthusiastic underwater filmmaker, Mike DeGruy.
To learn more about Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and its mission, visit www.sbck.org.