On Thursday, September 4, we enjoyed a pleasant evening celebrating the many volunteers who make such a difference in the restoration, education, and advocacy programs of the Upper Newport Bay (see photos below). Each year, the Community-Based Restoration and Education Program, Newport Bay Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Orange County Parks, and City of Newport Beach highlight all the contributions made by volunteers to their programs. This year, we welcomed nearly 100 volunteers and staff people for the celebration. As was noted during the event, most of the programs that benefit the bay couldn't take place without our wonderful volunteers.
To all of our Upper Newport Bay volunteers, we thank you for all that you do!
We are also very grateful for the donors to our event including the Newport Beach Marriott Bayview for providing our delicious entree (chicken piccata over angel hair pasta) as well as Starbucks for providing coffee (and a Starbucks partner who served at the event). Additional support was provided by Trader Joe's, Target, and Ralph's grocery store.