What does it take to plan a party? Other than an extra-long checklist and a hefty dose of helping hands, it takes generosity of all forms. Where would we all be if the holidays or birthday celebrations were a one man show? What if Grandma never bakes her famous cobbler or Aunt Carol never brings her pasta salad? Well, we would all be very hungry and undoubtedly our parties would not be a spectacular successes.
San Diego Coastkeeper’s Volunteer Appreciation Party held October 22 at Mission Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) was very much a collaborative effort made possible by generous contributors of food, time and space. We barbecued almost 70 hamburgers that day, a feat impossible without the grills made available by MBYC and the delicious hamburger patties donated by Burger Lounge, not to mention the superb grilling abilities of our very own Water Monitoring Lab master, Travis. A beach barbecue is just not complete without the appropriate beverage to wash it all down, and Kona Brewing Co. supplied us with libations to quench the thirst of the masses.
What about an event? Who makes it all happen? Coordinating an event for San Diego Coastkeeper is a juggling act to ensure everyone, from participants, major partners to staff and volunteers, is ready for action on the day of the event.World Water Monitoring Day was hosted by Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography this year on Friday, October 28. We had students from all over San Diego County, Mexico and even Russia participate in a day full of fun educational stations positioned in and around Birch Aquarium, complete with an Edible Aquifer ice cream station. Together with our partners Birch Aquarium, Sister Schools, I Love a Clean San Diego, San Diego River Park Foundation, County of San Diego and our sponsor SDGE, we were able to successfully reach out to over 200 students and expose them to the world of watersheds and water quality.
Needless to say, it is never a one-man show. The collaborative efforts of all contributors to make an event happen is impressive, to say the least, and we at San Diego Coastkeeper are very thankful for all of the support we have received in making our events (large or small) possible.