Channelkeeper Fundraising Gala Honors Mimi DeGruy

For more information contact:
Morgan Coffey, Development Director

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s

Earth Day, April 21st at Deckers Brands’ Headquarters in Goleta

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s 18th Annual Blue Water Ball fundraising gala is happening Saturday, April 21st, and it will fill the beautiful rotunda at Deckers Brands’ Headquarters with fun in celebration of Earth Day and Channelkeeper’s accomplishments for clean water on the South Coast.

Not your average fundraiser, this party brings together a fascinating community of surfers, sailors, swimmers, scientists and environmental champions who care about the Santa Barbara Channel. The evening will begin with live music, an extensive silent auction and reception offering fine local wine, beer, and spirits, followed by a gourmet dinner, a thrilling keynote address by conservationist and filmmaker, Mimi Armstrong deGruy, and dancing to DJ Darla Bea.

Keynote speaker Mimi Armstrong DeGruy is a Santa Barbara based documentary filmmaker. With her late husband, the irrepressibly curious and enthusiastic underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy, she produced numerous hours of award winning television for broadcasters including National Geographic Television and the BBC. Prior to working with Mike deGruy, Mimi worked for CNN, Turner Broadcasting’s series Portrait of America and the PBS series The Infinite Voyage. Blue Water Ball guests will be treated to sneak peaks of her latest project, Diving Deep, an inspired documentary slated for release this summer, celebrating her late husband and his mission to save our oceans.

Channelkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds. Through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement, Channelkeeper defends our community’s right to clean water and informs, inspires and empowers people to speak and act for our waterways.

The Blue Water Ball will help Channelkeeper raise critical unrestricted funds to protect the precious water resources that make this one of the most beautiful coastal communities on earth. Guests will be tempted by an impressive array of auction items including the best in local food and wine, art and jewelry, vacation and adventure experiences, and an awesome selection of merchandise from companies like Patagonia, GoPro, and Fletcher Chouinard Designs.

For information about covering or attending the event and/or receiving photos for post-event coverage, please contact Morgan Coffey at or 805-563-3377 ext.2.


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