We were delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Fund’s 30th birthday on Sunday June 3rd. Supervisor Linda Parks, Senator Henry Stern and Senator Ben Allen made heartfelt speeches about the importance of the mountains to our communities. SAMO Youth alumni inspired us with how this youth mentoring program has helped them with life skills, personal growth and love of nature. We were privileged to honor Jim Hines for his many years of advocating for public lands as well as the wonderful Ballard family. Tracy Esposito‘s comedy and music by Hyps ensured it was a birthday party to remember!
There are so many people to thank for helping us making this event a success. First, thank you to our wonderful sponsors: The Annenberg Foundation; Music in Motion; Morse, Sandlin & Associates; Raiman Rocks Diamonds; The Ranch; Kim Suzanne Kovacs; Brentwood Management Group, Brentwood Advisory Group, LLC.; Jean Huang of AB; Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife CLAW, Triunfo Creek Vineyards and Cam Davis.
A massive shout-out to our amazing volunteers who worked so hard all day.
Also, thank you to our food and drink sponsors: Bristol Farms, Calamigos Ranch, 5 Threads Brewing, Gelson’s Markets Guayakí Yerba Mate, Harmless Harvest, Lovi’s Delicatessen; Saddle Peak Lodge, That’s It Bars, Vons, Woodland Hills Wine Company, Bodegas Paso Robles Winery and Urbane Cafe.