Laguna Beach, CA - Pacific Marine Mammal Center announced today that they are the proud winners of the 2008 Simple Green "Adopt A Clean Up" Contest, in which a deserving non-profit is voted on by the public for a chance to receive a $5,000 grant for their environmental efforts.
Out of the four finalists, Pacific Marine Mammal Center received over 73% of the incoming votes, proving a landslide victory over its competitors. The funds will be awarded from Simple Green employees at a "check presenting" ceremony on April 4, 2008 at 10:00 AM at the Laguna Beach facility.
The received funds will be used to support two public awareness outreach events that will take place over the Earth Day weekend in Orange County. These events focus on educating the public on the marine environment and how pollution can affect our oceans and its inhabitants. The excitement about the win is felt by all staff and volunteers at PMMC alike. "We are so thrilled to have been included in this competition," says Melissa Sciacca, Director of Development, "the overwhelming support we have received is a clear statement of what a worthy cause we are supporting."
Over the years, Simple Green has worked with and supported many community outreach programs including the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, The SEALab, the Catalina Conservancy, and now the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Together we are all striving to make a difference, to save our environment and all who live and thrive in it, and to educate all about the importance of environmental responsibility.
About Pacific Marine Mammal Center:
Established in 1971, Pacific Marine Mammal Center is among the forerunners in marine mammal rehabilitation science. The Center's founding preceded the institution of the Marine Mammal Protection Act by one year. The first organization of its kind in the state of California, PMMC shares the responsibility for the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals on California's coastline with only six other organizations. PMMC is the designated holding facility for stranded cetaceans in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to rescue, medically treat, and rehabilitate pinnipeds and cetaceans that strand along the Orange County coastline due to injury or illness; to release healthy marine mammals back to their natural habitat while preserving species diversity; and to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center is located in the large red barn at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. The Center and gift shop are open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. For more information please contact Melissa Sciacca or Michele Hunter 949.494.3050 or visit Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center on the web at www.pacificmmc.org