We're halfway into our 100,000th Student Campaign and as of today, have served 96,517 Ocean Stewards. Since our milestone celebration began on May 1, more than 3,750 students have participated in the O'Neill Sea Odyssey program and we're super excited to continue our journey over the next seven months. We're grateful for the support from individuals and businesses who have helped us raise over $22,000 toward our goal of earning $1 per student, or $100,000. Please be sure to join us at one of our many community fund-raisers in 2018 where you, too, can help support this distinctive achievement. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Last night, in the Crow's Nest Harbor Room, O'Neill Sea Odyssey celebrated another kind of distinction, that of the annual holiday lighting of the Walton Lighthouse in the Santa Cruz Harbor. More than 35 community supporters joined the festivities and counted down to the flipping of the switch. Distinguished guests included Santa Cruz Mayor, Cynthia Chase, Port Commissioner Chairperson, Toby Goddard, and Santa Cruz Port Director, Marian Olin. The special guest of honor was local artist and former World War II aviator, Ed Larson, who had prepared a poem (and drawing) for the celebration which was read by Mrs. Olin.
Many thanks to Ed, the event sponsors, and everyone who attended. We greatly appreciate your support and wish you all a happy holiday season.