'Life Is A Wave' rolls through San Francisco
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 May, 2008 : - - San Francisco -- Life Is A Wave, an annual benefit bash for Save The Waves Coalition, received a groundswell of support in downtown San Francisco on Thursday night, May 22.
Headlined by The Mother Hips and featuring live music, top DJs, art, and film, the multimedia event kept 111 Minna Gallery at capacity for nearly five hours. When the music finally faded and the bar shut down, over $25,000 was raised for Save The Waves environmental programs.
It was overwhelming to see the breadth and depth of support at the event, said Save The Waves executive director Dean LaTourrette. I think people recognize that the battle to protect natural coastline is truly a global fight, and affects surfers and coastal advocates alike. Its really gratifying to be able raise funds and awareness for our coastal programs, but also deliver a rip-roaring event for the Bay Area surf community.
In addition to the nights entertainment, long-time San Francisco resident and environmental activist, Mark Massara, received Save The Waves 2008 Wave Saver Award at the event for his tireless work to protect the California coast.
Massara, who works as Director of Coastal Programs for the Sierra Club, has contributed to a string of environmental success as of late, including a victory in February over a proposed toll road through San Onofre State Park in Orange County, as well the rejection last June of a Clint Eastwood-backed plan to develop a swath of Monterrey coast.
Save The Waves would like to thank all of the companies and individuals who came out and supported Life Is A Wave 2008, including event sponsors Patagonia, Clif Bar, Zola Acaí, Mavericks Surf Ventures, Surfline, and Joie de Vivre Hotels.
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