9/6/13: Third Annual San Francisco Bay Gala Will Be An "Otterly Enchanting" Evening



SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 6, 2013
– Enjoy an Otterly Enchanting evening on Thursday, October 3, 2013, as The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay celebrate the 3rd annual San Francisco Bay Gala. Held on the waterfront at the San Francisco Maritime Museum with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, this year’s theme, Otterly Enchanting, will raise a glass to Aquarium of the Bay’s new North American river otter exhibit, Otters: Watershed Ambassadors. This new exhibit opened at Aquarium of the Bay to help raise awareness of the importance of watersheds and encourages guests to view the Bay through the eyes of local river otters.

The evening will honor David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, for his ongoing support of the conservation of the San Francisco Bay. Chiu joined Aquarium of the Bay in late June for the grand opening of its new North American river otter exhibit to thank the organization for offering “fun and unforgettable encounters with our natural world in ways that ignite both wonder and conservation” and to express his gratitude and appreciation for the Aquarium’s dedication to the health of the Bay and its watersheds. Additional guests for the evening will include some of the top supporters of a healthy San Francisco Bay, including environmental, civic and philanthropic leaders throughout the Bay Area.

“This night is about bringing together people with the same passion for a healthier San Francisco Bay and ocean,” says John Frawley, President and CEO of The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay. “It’s a great opportunity to mingle with other people who are working towards the same goals and to celebrate the natural resources that we all care so much about.”

In addition to spending time among distinguished company, the San Francisco Bay Gala will offer guests an opportunity to enjoy the Bay at sunset with fine cocktails and a delicious strolling dinner. The evening will feature some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants, all of whom have partnered with the San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance, pledging to serve 100% sustainable seafood. Among the restaurants to be highlighted for the evening are Fog Harbor Fish House, Pier Market, Wipeout Bar and Grill, Farallon Restaurant, Hog Island Oyster Company, Waterbar, Nona Lim, Twenty Five Lusk, Pier 23 Café, Pescatore and Global Gourmet.

Tickets for the San Francisco Bay Gala are available for purchase at bay.org and aquariumofthebay.org. Proceeds will help to support The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay’s combined mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed - from the Sierra to the sea.

About The Bay Institute:
The Bay Institute is the leader in protecting and restoring the entire watershed which drains into San Francisco Bay. For over 30 years, The Bay Institute has been developing and leading model scientific research, education and advocacy programs to preserve the local watershed, which includes the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries; Suisun Marsh; San Pablo Bay; and San Francisco bay. Additional information on The Bay Institute is available at www.thebayinstitute.org.

About Aquarium of the Bay:
Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute, with a combined mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed-from the Sierra to the sea. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco. Located next to the beautiful San Francisco Bay and on the world famous PIER 39, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Aquarium of the Bay is home to approximately 20,000 animals found in the San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. Additional information about Aquarium of the Bay is available at www.aquariumofthebay.org.
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Media Contact:
Mallory Johnson | Public Relations Coordinator
Aquarium of the Bay | The Bay Institute
mallory@bay.org | 415.623.5340