Friday, February 10, 2017

Over $60,000 raised at COA's Fire & Ice!

Over $60,000 raised for ocean protection while
celebrating the sea!

Clean Ocean Action kicked-off the holiday SEAson with its “Fire & Ice” fundraiser  on Saturday, December 10th, at Windows on the Water (Surfrider Beach Club) in Sea Bright, NJ. Over three hundred friends of the ocean attended to  celebrate the joys of the ocean and to support COA’s year-round effort to keep the ocean clean and safe for all to enjoy. Over $60,000 was raised from the event to help support COA’s on-going work to protect the ocean, surrounding waterways, and their resources.

The night began with a fire-inspired cocktail hour with music by the Taylor Tote Band. Throughout the evening guests
enjoyed libations sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and wine and beer by Shore Point Distributors as they feasted on the bounty from the sea at the gourmet raw bar provided by The Lusty Lobster, as well as delicious dinner selections by Chef Pete Cruz of Windows on the Water. The merriment continued as the evening transitioned from fire to an ice theme with live music from the Jersey Shore-based contemporary band, The Haven, featuring special guest Thom White.  Windows on the Water and Surfrider Beach Club provided the perfect venue for this festive event and we appreciate the support from the LoBiondo Family, Larry Meluso, and the staff. 
It was a fun evening celebrating the sea with old friends and new!

Waves of thanks to all who joined COA at Fire & Ice, supported the event,
donated to the silent auction, and so much more!


Special thanks to the fiery volunteer
committee who helped make this event a huge success!  Fire & Ice would not have been
possible without the hard work and leadership from co-chairs Lisa and Ken Wilson. 
Thank you, All!

Vodka, Spirits, and a Paddleboard Help Save the Ocean!

With only 16 custom made Tito’s Vodka Stand Up Paddleboards in the world, the board in the silent auction was in high demand and the Mulheren Family rang in the winning Bid. Bonnie Torcivia, a paddleboard enthusiast on the Navesink River, hoped to find another board and match the donation to COA. John Watts, General Manager of Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank generously donated his store’s custom made board so Bonnie could bring it home for the holidays.

“It’s a pleasure to donate the Tito’s Handmade Vodka board to Clean Ocean Action.  
The shore means so much to us all,” said Mr. Watts. “Tito’s Handmade Vodka loves to give back to the community in any possible way, and giving to the Jersey Shore was big this summer,” said Elliot Kaplan of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Thank you Spirits Unlimited, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Mulheren Family and Bonnie Torcivia!

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