Grand Grunion Gala

Honoring
Dr. Chris Lowe of The Shark Lab Cal State Long Beach
& Marie C. Herlihy of Associated Foundations, Incorporated

Special award presentation by
Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles

YOU'RE INVITED

Grand Grunion Gala | 5 pm, September 17, 2022

Don’t miss the best beach party in town - the Grand Grunion Gala on September 17, 2022 at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium! Craft cocktails, silent auction, gourmet dinner, program and live auction. Then join us for dancing to music by a live band!

We expect 350 guests, including business, community and civic leaders, scientists, educators, volunteers and friends. Our guests make the Gala the Aquarium’s largest fundraiser, raising more than $2 million in the last decade.

Thank you to all our Auction Donors!

HONOREES

Dr. Chris Lowe
Professor, Marine Biology, Director of the Shark Lab California State University, Long Beach
John M. Olguin Marine Environment Award

Dr. Chris Lowe is a professor and pioneer in shark research. For more than 20 years, he has been overseeing the Shark Lab at CSULB and developing innovative research methods for studying baby and juvenile white sharks. This groundbreaking research has contributed greatly to improving knowledge and understanding of this enigmatic species. He and his student team have also developed underwater robots for autonomously tracking sharks and gamefishes, creating new ways of monitoring and gathering information about a variety of ocean species.

    Marie C. Herlihy
    Associated Foundations, Incorporated
    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Leadership Award

    After nearly a decade of annual support, Associated Foundations, Inc. has honored Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium by establishing a $650,000 endowment fund for our award-winning Young Scientists Program. This generous gift ensures the program thrives well into the future by providing funding each year, giving students the opportunity to explore their passion for real-world science and research in Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Aquatic Nursery.

      THE NEED

      Recognized internationally as one of the best teaching aquariums in the world, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium offers 300,000 visitors each year a FREE or low-cost experience that’s fun for the entire family. About half of our annual visitors are schoolchildren on field trips— many of whom tell us they’ve never been to the beach! Your support funds programs benefitting the entire community, including:

      Ocean Outreach – When classes can’t come to us, we take our show on the road, reaching up to 30,000 students annually with our custom-equipped vans.
      Spring Outdoor Classroom – Every day for nine weeks, more than 1,000 children learn important (and fun!) marine science on the beach right outside our doors.
      Aquatic Nursery – Young scientists conduct research projects in our award-winning laboratory. Many go on to win prizes at regional, national and international science fairs.
      Sea Search – Specially tailored workshops provide students with scientific tools to study the coastal environment. Scholarships help at-risk children experience the ocean–some for the
      first time.

      SPONSOR THE EVENT

      GREAT WHITE SHARK ($20,000):
      Seating for 16 at two tables in a premium location. Great White sponsor listing in invitation. Website and social media recognition. Special mention during award ceremony.

      MAKO SHARK ($15,000):
      Seating for 12 in a premium location. Mako sponsor listing in invitation. Website and social media recognition. Special mention during award ceremony.

      THRESHER SHARK ($10,000):
      Seating for 10 in a preferred location. Thresher sponsor listing in invitation. Website and social media recognition. Special mention during award ceremony.

      BLUE SHARK ($7,500):
      Seating for 8 in a preferred location. Blue sponsor listing in invitation. Website and social media recognition.

      LEOPARD SHARK ($5,000):
      Seating for 6. Leopard sponsor listing in invitation. Website and social media recognition.

      ANGEL SHARK ($3,500):
      Seating for 4. Angel sponsor listing in invitation. Website and social media recognition.

      COOKIE CUTTER SHARK ($2,500):
      Seating for 2. Cookie Cutter sponsor listing in invitation. Website and social media recognition.

      *Please feel free to contact us at development@cmaqua.org if you would like to customize your sponsorship.

      SPONSORS

      MAKO SHARK – $15,000

      FCMA | Honda Sponsor

      THRESHER SHARK – $10,000

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      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sponsor Marathon

      Neu Brothers Holdings, Inc.

      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Expo Sponsor Port of LA

      BLUE SHARK – $7,500

      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sponsor Providence Little Company of Mary

      LEOPARD SHARK – $5,000

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      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sponsor Rich Development Enterprises
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      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sponsor Water Replenishment District

      ANGEL SHARK – $3,500

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      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sponsor Torrance Logistics Company
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      COOKIE CUTTER SHARK – $2,500

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      FCMA | Malaga Sponsor
      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Gala 2021 Sponsor McDonalds San Pedro
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      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Gala 2021 Sponsor Pacific Crane Maintenance Company
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      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sponsor Watson Land Company

      SPECIAL SUPPORT

      Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sponsor 22nd St Landing Seafood Grill & Bar
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