Marine Mammal Gala 2015

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On Sept. 20, 300 attendees enjoyed an elegant sit-down dinner under the stars at The Ranch at Laguna Beach during the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) fundraising gala. Guests were entertained with live electric violin music from “DJ violinist” Spags, and had the opportunity to bid on nearly 100 silent auction items and six live auction items, including trips and experiences. One attendee won a 2016 Kia Soul EV donated by KIA Motors America.

The Ranch owner Mark Christy presented the annual Philanthropist of the Year award to his former teacher and the co-founder of PMMC, John Cunningham. Held each year, this event was the most successful one to date, raising $230,000. Proceeds benefit the organization’s research animal rescue and rehabilitation efforts, and education programs tailored for all ages, such as Camp Pinniped and the after-school Kid’s Club. (pacificmmc.org) —Katherine Duncan | Photos bGillian Crane

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