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Surfrider Foundation presents Clean Water awards

DEL MAR — At its 10th annual Art Gala, the Surfrider Foundation honored musician Jason Mraz, local business Cali Bamboo and Encinitas Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan with the organization’s Clean Water Award.
The award is presented once a year to local environmental heroes who have made significant contributions toward helping the Surfrider Foundation fulfill its mission of protecting and preserving our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.
“Over the years, Jason, Cali Bamboo and Deputy Mayor Houlihan have continued to help the Surfrider Foundation advance its mission and raise coastal awareness amongst friends, family and the public, and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Manase Mansur, Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter Chairman.
Mraz has called San Diego County home for a while and loves the coast. In addition to having the last show of his 2009 tour be a fundraiser for nonprofits, Mraz helps raise awareness for important issues in easy ways such as promoting reusable water bottles.
Cali Bamboo has been a big Surfrider supporter through the 1 Percent For The Planet program and currently has a “Green Home Challenge” sustainable building project contest with Surfrider. Houlihan is a grassroots activist that realized an effective way to fight for issues you believe in is to become an elected official. While Surfrider never endorses politicians, they do appreciate all of the general environmental work Houlihan has done to help protect the coast.
Surfrider Foundation’s Clean Water Award recipients were honored at the organization’s 10th annual Art Gala silent auction fundraiser May 20 at The Powerhouse Community Center in Del Mar.