A Valentine to Our Ocean Lovers – and a NEW video!

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Love is in the air… and the water!Thanks to your generosity, our Ocean’s creatures have a lot to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.

In December we proposed a challenge: help us raise $5,000 by the end of 2015 and a big-hearted donor would match it. And YOU did it! With your help, we not only met our $5,000 goal, we doubled it, raising $12,156 for our Ocean friends.

Your support will help us love our waterways just a little more, including building eight new Beach Clean Up Stations, complete with new, easy to read signage permanent signage that will last up to 10 years.

Thank you also for helping gather our first ever Beach Clean Up Station trash collection data, reported using our aptly named Trash Collection Data Form. With YOUR input, we now know that our five Golden Gate National Recreation Area Stations alone removed a whopping 340,906 pieces of trash! What a way to show how much you care about our waters — we hope you will keep sending us these little Valentines of information that help us raise more money to love our Ocean. It’s easy – just click here.

Need even more inspiration? Read on for the true story about third-grader and beach cleanup star Sawyer Miller. Plus join AOO at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival from March 10th – 13th.

Thank you so much for all of your love and support.

Hallie Austen Iglehart, Lauren Winters Weiner, and the All One Ocean Team


How YOU Can Show a Little Love for our Waters…

Can you do something loving to change the world? Third-grader Sawyer Miller has answered that question with a resounding yes. After his teacher showed him AOO’s website, Sawyer built and installed two Beach Clean Up Stations on the shores of his hometown of Lake Okoboji, Iowa.A new video produced, filmed and directed by AOO volunteer superstar Marcelina Martin documents the many steps of Sawyer’s project. First Sawyer went to the local hardware store to get donated wood. Then he asked the high school shop teacher for help building the Stations. Next Sawyer went to the City Council for permission to put the Stations on the beaches. Finally, Sawyer went to the Okoboji Protective Association for funding. He asked for $150, but made such a compelling case they awarded him $400.

Okoboji Protective Association President Barry Sackett says Sawyer’s Stations are a great example of the “little things all of us can do every day.”

For his part, Sawyer’s already working on his next “little thing”— a campaign against plastic drinking straws in Lake Okoboji restaurants.

Want to follow Sawyer’s lead? Watch the video and then learn how to set up your own beach clean up station!


San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

sf-ocean-filmPlease join AOO at the 13th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) Thursday, March 10th to Sunday, March 13th at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco!

SFIOFF showcases dozens of Ocean-themed films from around the world. Themes range from marine science and industry to sports and adventure. SFIOFF’s mission is to showcase films that entertain, educate and encourage active participation in Ocean conservation.

For the full 2016 SFIOFF lineup, film schedule and to purchase tickets please visit: http://oceanfilmfest.org

If you would like to Volunteer by helping AOO table at the event on Friday, March 11th please emaillauren@alloneocean.org.


Thank You to our 2015 Year-end Donors for Your Big Hearts

Anne Graham & Carlos Fretes
Brenda & Nestor Winters
Debra Chamberlin & George Taylor
Eileen, Ira, Alison, & Steve Levy
Hallie A. Iglehart
Harriet Iglehart
Holly Badgley & Peter Stern
John S. Iglehart & Suzanne E. Forte
John Thompson
Judy Dobbs
Julie & David Bernard
Karen & Richard Buckley
Kevin Connelly
Kim Rosen
Lorraine Grace
Lowell Brook
Marion Weber
Martha Mueller Cook
Meaveen O’Connor
Mermaid Heather Reynolds
Michelle Sixta
Nancy Jo Craig
Nicola & Philip Thompson
Pamela Martin & John Strawn
Pamela Rand Barzakov
Peter Stickney & Diane Savory
Phyllis Smith
Ralph W. Schardt
Ramona & John Mays
Rose Viggiano
Ross McElwee
Ruth Eckland & John DiFonzo
Sam Berne
Samantha Lyons
Sheilah Glover & Elaine Belle
Sue Perley
Susan Zimmer
Thuan Nguyan
Toni Littlejohn
Tracy Gary
Vivienne Verdon-Roe


Waves of Gratitude for our 2015 Funders

Green Festival
Hidden Leaf
Innovia Films
LUSH
Marin County Fish and Wildlife
Mays Family Charitable Fund
Mental Insight Foundation
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Other Avenues Cooperative Grocery
Rainbow Cooperative Grocery
Rose Foundation
Sierra Nevada
Skull Island Skiffworks LLC
WaterChef


An Ocean of Love to our 2015 Volunteers & Stewards

Aiyana Redwood
Albert Hobbs
Barbara Wechsberg
Betty Crowley
Christina Lambott
Clare and Dana Ullman
Connie Clark
Dierdre Finn
Dixie & Bill James
Erin Price
Frederick Cortes
Gayle Marsh
Hallie A. Iglehart
Hanna Morris
Hannah & Doug MacIntosh
Helen Nicely
Janette Maurer
Jean & Phil Warren
Jennifer Weller
Kristin Hoffmann
Leslie Franklin
Lori McDaniel
Marcelina Martin
Mark Miglio
Mary Roche
Mary Sackett
Merileigh Moen
Mermaid Atlantis
Mermaid Heather Reynolds
Mermaid Rebellion
Nancy Jo Craig
Patricia & Daniel Ellsberg
Patricia Farrar-Rivas & Louie Rivas
Peggy Butler
Rose Chastain
Ruah Wild
Sawyer Miller
Sita Khufu
Steve Booth
Susanne Bersbach
Thea Liskamm
Tom Atkin
Tracy Gary
Wren Collins