Surfrider holds 11th annual art gala

DEL MAR — Ocean-themed artwork featuring canvas paintings, photography, mosaics and custom surfboards highlighted the San Diego Surfrider Foundation’s 11th annual art gala.
Proceeds support the organization’s various activities, such as beach cleanups, pollution prevention and clean water programs in San Diego. Tickets were $75 and the event sold out, according to Olivia Bui, communications manager for the gala.
Featured artists included Chris Del Moro, Andy Davis, Jeff Divine, John Moseley, Wade Koniakowsky, Susan Wickstrand-Roche, Wyland and Elisabeth Sullivan. Robb Havassy was on hand to sign copies of his book, “Surf Story.”
The gala, which raises about $25,000, also included beer, wine, appetizers and a silent auction featuring vacations, surf gear and local restaurant packages.
Surfrider also presented its annual Clean Water Award to Jacy Bolden, Shawn Styles and California State Parks. The awards are issued to a man, woman and company annually for their significant contributions toward helping the local chapter fulfill its mission of protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.
Bolden was honored for promoting Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics program, which aims to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment, and her help in coordinating Day Without a Bag.
Styles, a meteorologist with Channel 8 and lifetime Surfrider member, was recognized for raising awareness of coastal issues through his weather reports.

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