Channelkeeper supporters took to the sea aboard the Condor Express for the Oct. 2 Channelkeeper Sunset Cruise ’22, a mini-fundraiser.
The fun-on-the-water event served as a welcome opportunity for executive director Ted Morton, who took the Channelkeeper helm mid-pandemic, to meet a cross-section of supporters, celebrate the organization’s accomplishments, and touch on present and future directions.
Joining Morton onboard, Penny Owens, education and outreach director, spoke about Channelkeeper’s education programs, single-use plastic reduction initiatives, and MPA Watch program. Also there was Ben Pitterle, science and policy director, who addressed interest in Channelkeeper’s cruise ship monitoring program.
The event was organized by Channelkeeper board members Mimi deGruy, Sarah Preston and Kathy Rogers. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Via Maestra, drinks from Rivahil Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and a raffle with prizes from Channelkeeper and longtime supporter Patagonia.
Watershed Brigade intern and UCSB student Katie Huston and her mom Jolie,served as raffle ticket sellers. Gina Giannetto win a Watershed Brigade Beach Cleanup Kit; Bethany Harkrider won a Patagonia wheeled duffel bag; and David Telleen-Lawton won a chance to participate in an MPA Watch, an excursion for two aboard the R/V Channelkeeper to help staff observe and collect data on ocean users and their activities in Marine Protected Areas.
The cruise was a prelude to the Blue Water Ball, Channelkeeper’s traditional fundraising bash, which, after going virtual last year, will take place at Cabrillo Pavilion in March. For more information, visit www.sbck.org.