Ninth Annual Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter Art Gala Celebrates Coastal Environment, Coastal Conservation Efforts Thursday, May 21 in Del Mar

Media contact: Bill Hickman, Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter

February 12, 2009 – Del Mar, Calif. – The San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will host its Ninth Annual Art Gala from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, May 21 at The Powerhouse Community Center in Del Mar, 1658 Coast Blvd. Set in a picture perfect oceanfront setting, the gala will feature beautiful art, delectable food and drink, musical entertainment and coastal conservation highlights.

Attendees of this environmentally inspired event will enjoy silent and live auctions of ocean-themed artwork from renowned local and national artists, in addition to one-of-a-kind surfboards. There will also be a slide show hosted by famed photographer Aaron Chang, a raffle, gourmet food by Events by Christopher, fine wine and San Diego’s best beer from Stone Brewing Co. Donations of artwork and non-art silent auction items are still being sought. Email if interested.

Proceeds from the art gala’s ticket sales and auctions benefit the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter, helping fund the group’s local programs including water quality testing, education, outreach, beach cleanups, pollution monitoring and advocacy efforts. Last year’s event raised more than $40,000, aiding the chapter’s effort to Save Trestles, the Kids For Clean Water educational outreach program, Blue Water Task Force water monitoring, the Rise Above Plastics campaign and much more.

“Surfrider San Diego’s annual Art Gala is an unusually fun way to ‘buy local,’” said Scott Harrison, Chair of Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego Chapter. “We serve up locally sourced treats in the form of wine, beer, food and homegrown art, then put the proceeds to work in the chapter’s efforts to enhance the health of our own local beach environments.”

Tickets for the Art Gala are $80 each and include a grazing dinner, drinks, entertainment and access to bid on and own unique works for art. Tickets to this exclusive event are limited to the first 150 people who purchase them, and will be available online at

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Now in its 25th year, the Surfrider Foundation has grown from a small group of dedicated surfers in Malibu, California to a global movement made up of over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. Founded in 1992, Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego chapter is the largest within the Surfrider Foundation Chapter Network. For more information, visit or call (858) 792-9940.

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