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Sanctuary Sea Stars Brunch

Aug 30, 2019.

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation hosted the inaugural Sanctuary Sea Stars Brunch on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM  (with VIP Coffee Hour from 9:00 to 10:00 AM) at the Sanctuary Beach Resort in Marina, California. Some of our community’s most influential luminaries enjoyed an engaging and educational event featuring brunch, champagne, awards presentations, and a live auction.  The house was packed, champagne flowed freely, and laughter abounded.

Foundation co-chairs Secretary Leon Panetta and ex-Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant, along with Board member, former U.S. Congressperson Sam Farr, recognized our Marine Sanctuary’s stars–people/organizations who have contributed to the long-term health of the sanctuary.

2019 Honorees:

  • Research: John Ryan
  • Resource Protection: Lisa Emanuelson
  • Education & Outreach: Brian Nelson
  • Business & Tourism: Cass Schrock, Monterey Bay Kayaks
  • “Panetta Sea Star”: Margaret “PJ” Webb

The Sanctuary Sea Stars Brunch was a benefit for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, raising funds for Sanctuary programs: Bay Net, Team OCEAN and Whale Rescue.

Photos by Kristin Heitzler.  For more photos, see our Facebook page

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