“Moonlight Gala on September 26 Benefits CCA, Spotlights Education”
The 13th annual Crystal Cove Alliance Gala on September 26 is right around the corner! This special event – Moonlight Gala – brings together many of CCA’s wonderful friends and supporters, who have helped CCA’s initiatives in restoration, conservation, and education, for an evening of dinner and dancing under the stars.
As a result of generous underwriting contributions from last year’s Back to the Bluff Gala, CCA was able to deliver innovative science, technology, engineering and math programs to thousands of students this year, as well as provide scholarship support for many of Orange County’s underserved schools. This year’s gala will be aimed at expanding educational opportunities for youth at Crystal Cove.
Katelyn Carbajal, an incoming senior from Segerstrom High School, participated in CCA’s Marine Protected Area Citizen Science Cruise last May.
“Going on that cruise blew my mind,” she says. “I’ve always loved the ocean and the animals that live in it, but after seeing so many dolphins [bow riding with the boat] it made me want to become a marine biologist.”
Looking to pursue her passion for the ocean, Katelyn was inspired to become a CCA volunteer this summer, where she used what she learned on the MPA Citizen Science Cruise to lead science activities in the Park & Marine Research Facility. “I’ve never had the opportunity to be a leader, to be in charge, or to work with people,” she says. “Volunteering gave me that opportunity to interact with people. It opened my mind and got me out of my comfort zone.”
Real stories such as Katelyn’s show how powerful and inspiring experiences like CCA’s MPA Citizen Science Cruise can be for students and demonstrate why CCA will dedicate all funds raised during the Fund-A-Need portion of the gala to education programs. Guests will have the opportunity to fund the participation of an entire class, grade level or school. The big event is just a few weeks away, and there are still a few sponsorships available!
For more information on CCA’s Moonlight Gala, please visit the Gala homepage.
In-text image: Katelyn ready for the next dolphin sighting in the Historic District