Channelkeeper’s 18th Annual Blue Water Ball a Roaring Success!

Posted on May 22 by SEASONS Magazine

The keynote speaker at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper's event environmentalist was filmmaker Mimi Armstrong DeGruy, courtesy photo.

The keynote speaker at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s event environmentalist was filmmaker Mimi Armstrong DeGruy, courtesy photo.

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.

MC Gregory Harrison and Keynote Speaker Mimi Armstrong DeGruy at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper's 18th Annual Blue Water Ball, courtesy photo.

Gregory Harrison, who served as MC, and Keynote Speaker Mimi Armstrong DeGruy at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s 18th Annual Blue Water Ball, courtesy photo.

 

Executive Director Kira Redmond at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s 18th Annual Blue Water Ball, courtesy photo.

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.

The silent auction at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s 18th Annual Blue Water Ball, courtesy photo.

 

Gregory Harrison, left, Shaun and Carla Tomson, right, guests at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper's 18th Annual Blue Water Ball, courtesy photo.

Gregory Harrison, left, Shaun and Carla Tomson, right, guests at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s 18th Annual Blue Water Ball, courtesy photo.

To learn more about Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and its mission, visit www.sbck.org.

 — Jessica Morelli

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