On Saturday, March 23rd, the Werbalowskys of Santa Cruz de Los Zacatitos, hosted a fun and informative evening for their East Cape neighbors to learn more about the International Community Foundation (ICF) and local non-profit organizations making positive environmental changes to our beloved Baja, Sea of Cortez backyard, and the neighboring Pacific Ocean.
Anne McEnany, ICF President and CEO, presented the work of various local non-profit partner organizations focused on high priority coastal sites in Baja California Sur that are proactively making an impact.
The evening’s highlight was a panel of “Surf Legends” sharing their wisdom, experiences, and love of the Ocean! The Legendary panel included: Mickey Muñoz, Gerry Lopez, Steve Sorensen, Nacho Felix Cota, Jericho Poppler, Renny Yater, Jeff King (also representing the legendary Mike Doyle who could not attend) and Tom McCrae.
A silent auction offered signed editions of books and photos generously donated by several of the Legends in attendance (plus others who could not attend). Proceeds from the auction, wine and beer sales, and individual donations, all contributed to the funds raised to benefit the non- profit organizations
The event exceeded the fundraising goal, which will support local organizations, including Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo (ACCP), Pelagios Kakunja, Baja Coastal Institute, Pronatura Noroeste, Sociedad de Historia Natural de Niparaja, Centro de Derechos Ambiental (CEMDA), Defensa Ambiental de Noreste (DAN).
ICF is grateful to have been a part of this motivated community gathering and would like to thank Mary & Jeff Werbalowsky, those who attended and supported the event, and the Legendary Surfers for joining us!
To further support these groups and contribute to protecting local marine and coastal environments, you can contribute to the East Cape Strategic Action Fund. For questions about this fund or any of the organizations being supported, please contact Angelica Leyva- Programs Officer Environment, firstname.lastname@example.org.