DATE 5/1/2014

Contact: Amanda Hall
Art Gala Coordinator
Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter
Phone: (307) 752-5071

Surfrider San Diego’s 14th Annual Art Gala Helps Keep Our Coast Beautiful

SAN DIEGO –  The San Diego County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation proudly presents the 14th Annual Art Gala on Friday, May 9th from 6 to 10 p.m. at Paradise Point Resort and Spa, 1404 Vacation Road San Diego, CA 92109.

The chapter’s annual Art Gala celebrates ocean advocacy while showcasing local artists and raising funds for local programs and initiatives.  From featured artworks to interactive art projects, the organization’s programs will be highlighted at the event, taking place at the lavish waterfront resort.  Guests will be able to enjoy live art demonstrations by featured artists Wade Koniakowsky, Sean Dietrich, and Rodney Rodrigo Mccoubrey, bid on items in the silent auction, and enjoy music from San Diego musicians Tristan Prettyman and Paul Cannon.  Featured pieces have been highlighted in the Art Gala blog.

According to Chapter Manager Haley Haggerstone, “This year’s gala is going to be bigger and better than before.  We have some incredible new artists coming on board this year including San Diego musicians Tristan Prettyman and Paul Cannon.  Tickets are going fast and we are expecting to sell out again.  You don’t want to miss this one!”

The 14th Annual Art Gala will also honor this year’s award winners for their dedication to the organization’s mission of protecting oceans, waves and beaches here in San Diego County.  This year’s award winners include FM102.1 KPRi, Dan Murphy and Sunshine Johnson.

“Know that you are supporting an amazing organization with its mission to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches,” explains long-time Art Gala volunteer, former Executive Committee member and Beach Cleanup Site Captain, Sunshine Johnson.  “It’s an unexpected surprise to find out I am being awarded for something I love to do, volunteering.”

San Diego radio personality, Madison Keith, from KPRi’s “Madison in the Morning” will be the emcee for the gala.  The 21+ event includes delicious food from Jimbo’s…Naturally and Paradise Point Resort and Spa, wine from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and beer from Stone Brewing Co.  Tickets are $60, include entrance to the event, food and drinks, and can be purchased online here.  The event is expected to sell out again this year.  Proceeds directly benefit the chapter’s education, outreach and advocacy initiatives aimed at protecting San Diego County’s coastline.

For more information on Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s 14th Annual Art Gala on May 9th, click here or contact Art Gala Coordinator, Amanda Hall at (307) 752-5071 or The Surfrider San Diego County’s Chapter Manager, Haley Haggerstone, can be contacted at (619) 929-5350 or For more on Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego County Chapter, visit