Save the Reefs, Save the Oceans Gala  
  Please join us on Thursday, October 2nd to celebrate the reefs and oceans! Reef Check's 2014 Gala will be on the beach at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. Once again, the evening will feature amazing music by Maria de la Vega and the Wayward Five, unique auction items, delicious food, and a chance to meet our honorees and some of the thousands of volunteer Reef Check EcoDivers who monitor Californian and tropical reefs as part of the Reef Check Foundation's citizen scientist programs. We would love to see you there!

For additional information please call Reef Check at 310.230.2371 or email

Sponsorship, auction, and advertising opportunities are available.
  Honoring our 2014 Heroes of the Reef  
  Poseidon Award
Through her work at the aquarium, the Pew Oceans Commission, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and through service on numerous boards, Julie Packard has dedicated her life to marine conservation and the promotion of sound environmental policy.

Julie Packard
Marine Biologist & Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Julie Packard is founding executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014. During its first three decades, it has become the acknowledged leader among public aquariums worldwide dedicated to inspiring conservation of the oceans.

Julie chairs the board of the independent Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a global leader in deep ocean science and technology and serves on the boards of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and The California Nature Conservancy. Julie serves as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was named a California Coastal Hero by the California Coastal Commission and has received the Audubon Medal for Conservation.

Julie also served as a member of the Pew Oceans Commission which published a blueprint for improving governance of America’s ocean waters, and in 2013 was appointed to California’s Parks Forward Commission to help develop a sustainable path for California’s state parks.

  Spirit of the Reef Award
For his dedication to and passion for the ocean and environmental concerns. Ed has long been considered a leader in the area of reducing our carbon footprint.

Ed Begley Jr.
Actor, Director & Environmentalist

As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself.

In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is Ed Begley, Jr.

Ed Begley, Jr. is best known for his work in the entertainment industry as an actor, director and producer. His portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the television series St. Elsewhere garnered him six Emmy nominations. Among his numerous film and tv credits are roles in Pineapple Express (2008) and This Is Spinal Tap (1984).

Ed has also been awarded the Best New Media Award at the Burbank International Film Festival for his web series titled On Begley Street starring himself, his wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley, and their daughter, Hayden.

Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, among many others.

His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.

He currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy. He has his own website at

  Citizen Scientist of the Year Award
In recognition of his dedication to marine conservation as a Reef Check California volunteer diver since 2007. A regular on surveys in the Monterey Bay area, David has made more than 120 survey dives for Reef Check.
  David Horwich
Reef Check California Volunteer Diver

David Horwich was first certified as a scuba diver in 1994; an east coast transplant, he began diving the California coast in 2005. He was immediately enchanted by the beauty of the kelp forests, and when he heard about the Reef Check California program, it sounded like a great opportunity to do something to help protect and preserve this marvelous ecosystem.

David was trained as a Reef Check volunteer diver in 2007, and soon became a regular on surveys in the Monterey Bay area. In 2009 he began leading many of the shore surveys in the Monterey area, and in 2010 he won the Golden Slate award for having completed the most transects in the North/Central California region that season. Over the years David has made more than 120 survey dives for Reef Check.

David also enjoys underwater photography, and in the spring of 2014 exhibited some of his photographs at the Clock Tower Studio/Gallery in Oakland, in a show entitled "The California Kelp Forests: An Underwater Survey". He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his partner and their two young sons.

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