On November 17th the UMU team will gather in the beautiful Waimea Valley for the 10th Anniversary of the Surfrider Foundation’s John Kelly Awards. We are happy to be the event producers for this annual affair. Every year this event reminds us why we love our non-profit clients so much. We continue to sell out the event with over 300 individuals from all walks of life who gather to be inspired by and give recognition to environmental leaders of the past and present. The crowd of like-minded individuals fuels the soul and from the awards ceremony and the natural beauty of the valley to the silent auction filled with surf gear, artwork and culinary experiences, the evening always ends on a good note (often provided by a impromptu live jam session with Jack Johnson).
We hope you will join us as we celebrate the people and businesses of Hawaii who are working to protect our islands natural beauty. The event will take place at Waimea Valley Pavillion & Great Lawn at 6pm. Tickets are $60 and available online. All proceeds from this evening will benefit Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter and its efforts to preserve our coasts. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit surfrider.org/oahu.
This year’s awardees include Muumuu Heaven, pro surfer Torrey Meister and Capt. Charles Moore.
Muumuu Heaven is being awarded in the Hawaii-based company category for its leadership in the community and its advocacy work for Hawaii on an international level. The shop’s designs are created with the purpose of minimizing the impact on the environment while maximizing their fashion-forward thinking.
Torrey Meister, also known as the “Happy Hawaiian,” is an explosive surfer whose positive attitude shines through in his surfing as well as his demeanor on land. He is one of the Islands’ top surfers. As an active advocate for the Surfrider Foundation, Torrey promotes environmental awareness and appeared in a PSA supporting Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics campaign.
Last but certainly not least, the event will honor Capt. Charles Moore, an environmental researcher and dynamic speaker who is best known for bringing the North Pacific Garbage Patch to the world’s attention. Moore founded the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in 1994 and then launched a research vessel and began voyages across the Pacific to document the rise of marine plastic pollution.
See you there!