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The Bay Foundation holds 5th Annual Coastal Connections Celebration at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Published on October 17, 2019

The Bay Foundation held their 5th Annual Coastal Connections celebration on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 in the Seaside Pavilion at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

Coastal Connections is an annual fundraiser held by The Bay Foundation. The event highlights several special honorees and features entertainment, delicious gourmet food by Bristol Farms, unlimited rides at Pacific Park, and more. This year’s honorees were Laura Doss-Hertz of Skysource, Dean Kubani of the City of Santa Monica, and Los Angeles World Airports. The sponsoring event partners this year were Pacific Park, Blue Robotics, McGowan Consulting LLC, and SoCalGas.

Attendees to Coastal Connections were able to enjoy an incredible view of the Santa Monica coastline from Pacific Park’s exclusive Seaside Pavilion event space. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hor d’oeuvres for an hour prior to dinner and event programming, and some played on the rides and enjoyed games inside Pacific Park. The event took efforts to be sustainable, including BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup) or having the option to purchase reusable stainless-steel cups there.

About the Bay Foundation

The Bay Foundation, also known as the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, is a non-profit environmental group founded in 1990 to restore and enhance the Santa Monica Bay and local coastal waters. The Foundation’s vision for Los Angeles is a healthy and diverse environment resilient to climate change, and an active community engaged in stewardship and learning. The Foundation’s work span marine, watershed, and community programs. Jeff Klocke, Vice President and General Manager of Pacific Park, has been on the Board of Directors since 2015 and looks forward to hosting the Coastal Connections fundraiser at Pacific Park each year.


Hosting a Fundraiser at Pacific Park

Several organizations and non-profits host their annual fundraiser event at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, including The Bay Foundation, Special Olympics of Southern California, and UCLA/Mattel Children’s Hospital. Fundraisers can be held in the Park’s private Seaside Pavilion, or larger groups can rent out the entire amusement park and Pier deck. For inquiries about holding your private event or fundraiser at Pacific Park, fill out the request form at

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission-free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 14 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and beachside retail shops. Signature rides include the Pacific Wheel, the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel; The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-share kids ride. For additional information and hours of operation, please call 310-260-8744, visit, and go to, or