Jack O'Neill & Harry Hind Endowed Fund
The Jack O’Neill and Harry Hind Endowed Fund, which has been established at the Community Foundation of Monterey County, was made possible by two generous donations from longtime supporters Troy and Leslie Daniels, of San Francisco. Leslie is the daughter of Harry Hind, a pharmacist, inventor, and surfer whom Jack described as his best friend.
"Harry Hind and I were old-time surfers from Kelly’s Cove and Ocean Beach, San Francisco," said Jack O’Neill. "I had the idea to open a surf shop at the Santa Cruz Harbor, and asked Harry if he could back me on the deal. He said he would. Then Harry brought in a CPA and an attorney, and our surf shack became an 8,500-square-foot building. We got approval from the harbor and built it in 1965. In 2000, Harry and I donated this building to the Sea Odyssey, to have this wonderful facility and revenue from rental space. Harry and I had a lifelong interest in the ocean, and his generosity has helped to make this program possible."
In 2004, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and the Santa Cruz Harbor jointly renovated the building, with O’Neill Sea Odyssey taking the upstairs under a 25-year lease and the harbor taking over the downstairs area. O’Neill Sea Odyssey’s portion of the renovation was funded largely by grants and donations. As O’Neill Sea Odyssey approaches its 100,000th student milestone, the Fund will help to support its work in perpetuity.
We are truly grateful to Troy and Leslie for their generous contributions. To help support O'Neill Sea Odyssey in an ongoing way like the Daniels, you too, can establish a fund or name OSO in your will or estate plan. O’Neill Sea Odyssey can also accept gifts of stock and property through its endowed fund at the Community Foundation – Santa Cruz County.
To learn more, please contact Dan Haifley.