2020 Monterey Bay

Sanctuary Sea Stars Brunch


6 Dec, 2020


Virtual; Registration Information Coming Soon!


In celebration of the 28th anniversary of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, our Foundation will present awards to people and organizations who have contributed significantly to the sanctuary through education, conservation, research, and business. Foundation Board of Directors co-chairs Hilary Bryant and Secretary Leon Panetta will present the “Sea Star” awards, including bestowing our highest honor, the Panetta Sea Star Award.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will host the virtual 2020 Sanctuary Sea Stars Brunch on Sunday, December 6th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Please join us for an engaging and educational event featuring awards presentations, a keynote speaker, the premier of a new Foundation Film, and an online auction.

The Sanctuary Sea Stars Brunch is a benefit for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Don’t miss out on this chance to support ocean conservation along California’s Central Coast.

Registration details are coming soon; stay tuned! 

Keynote Speaker


The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice. President Obama named her a White HouseChampion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Haben. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organizations the importance of choosing inclusion. The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and TODAY Show featured her memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.

Haben was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently lives. She will be discussing her life, career, and experiences surfing in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Learn more about Haben at her website.


Please contact Ginaia Kelly, 831-359-7071, ginaia@marinesanctuary.org