Gala for 1,000
Some 1,000 guests hit the beach in front of the legendary Jonathan Club for the 30th anniversary of Heal the Bay, a group dedicated to helping maintain clean beaches and healthy watersheds. Photo by Erik Voake.
Mix of entertainment
The gala’s theme 'Expect The Unexpected' featured an eclectic mix of specialty performance including a magical emcee, stilt walkers in sea god costumes, and tap numbers performed by the LA Follies. Photo by Gabriel Olsen.
Hats off to the event team
The event team included producers Barry Gibbon and Jennifer Malone from Homerun Entertainment. The venue and catering services were supplied by the Jonathan Club. Events by Fabulous and 204 Events provided rentals. Photo by Gabriel Olsen.
Events by Fabulous designed and built a multi-stage arena, complete with a catwalk, satellite performance stages and 'larger than life' high-rez LED walls to ensure every seat had a perfect view of the show. 'With such a large event, this space plan was key to creating the intimacy needed to connect the audience to the cause,' Kimberly Seeherman of EBF says. Photo by Gabriel Olsen.
The sea-worthy table. Photo by Erik Voake.
Brand in command
Another view. Note the Heal the Bay logo at rear left. Photo by Erik Voake.
A longer view. Photo by Erik Voake.
A singer shows her stuff. Photo by Erik Voake.
The magician emcee. Photo by Erik Voake.
The event was Heal the Bay's 'largest gathering of the tribe--surfers, artists, soccer moms, environmental engineers, eco-entrepreneurs, policy geeks--you name it,' organizers say. Photo by Erik Voake.
As night falls
As night falls. This year’s honorees included the Los Angeles Kings, whose players have been beach ambassadors and community partners, Meg Gill, co-founder of the hip, eco-conscious Golden Road Brewing craft beer company, and Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the creative force behind the documentary 'Blackfish.' Photo by Erik Voake.
A long view. Photo by Erik Voake.
The LA Follies showcase their stuff. Other highlights of the evening included 'Heal the Bay IPA' craft beer provided by Golden Road Brewery, sea creatures posing with guests at blue carpet arrivals, socially connected iPad photo booths, and a quirky cover band, Postmodern Jukebox, who had guests dancing in the aisles till the wee hours of the night. Photo by Erik Voake.
Sea gods say hello
The sea gods greet guests. Photo by Erik Voake.