Become an ambassador

You are so important to our success and there are numerous ways in which you can take action on behalf of our 100,000th Student Campaign. The following list outlines the many different opportunities you, your school, or your organization can pursue to further support O'Neill Sea Odyssey.


Campaign Events

"Our Ocean" Lightning Talks

Join O'Neill Sea Odyssey and Event Santa Cruz on Friday, February 23, from 6-9pm, as we celebrate our ocean and the people in our community who are inspired so deeply by it. Event Santa Cruz will be taking over the whole Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center for one special night of talks (including Dan Haifley of OSO), food, beer, cocktails and super cool one of a kind ocean items to purchase from local vendors. This event will be combining the traditional Event Santa Cruz short lightning talks with their Block Party style events to make a truly unique experience.

Locals Helping Locals

During the month of March, Woodstock's Pizza will donate $1 of every Discretion Brewing's Uncle Daves IPA beer sold at their downtown Santa Cruz location to support our 100,000th Student Campaign. In addition, on Wednesday, March 21, from 5-9pm, 15-25% of all food and drink sales will benefit our ocean stewards so enjoy your pint of Uncle Daves IPA responsibly and conveniently throughout the month but that one day, simply inform the cashier that your purchase (dine-in or pick-up) supports O'Neill Sea Odyssey and that is all. The more sales in honor of OSO, the greater the earnings percentage. "Always a good time!"

Community Tuesday

Join OSO at Shadowbrook Restaurant on Tuesday, April 17, from 4-9pm, when 1/3 of Community Tuesday sales will benefit our ocean stewards. Simply inform the host/server that your purchase (food and beverage) supports O'Neill Sea Odyssey and that is all. The more sales in honor of OSO, the greater the earnings for our 100,000th Student Campaign.

Earth Day Santa Cruz

Join O'Neill Sea Odyssey at San Lorenzo Park on Saturday, April 21, from 11am-4pm, where we'll be participating with the City of Santa Cruz, County of Santa Cruz, Ecology Action, other local non-profits, and concerned citizens to raise environmental awareness; address concerns; showcase solutions; and present balanced modes of living for the well-being of each individual, the community, and the planet. The purpose of this day is to educate, motivate and activate everyone that attends. Earth Day Santa Cruz is an exciting community event offering educational information, activities for kids including an arts and crafts tent, live music and a focus on green businesses.

Mahalo Mondays

Throughout the month of May, Hula's Island Grill in Santa Cruz will donate 10% of all Monday evening sales to OSO's 100,000th Student Campaign as part of their Mahalo Mondays program. Please join O'Neill Sea Odyssey each week at this community gathering spot that "is a throwback to the popular tiki restaurants and bars of the '50's & 60's." Since 2008, Hula's has contributed $159,000 to 56 local nonprofits through their Mahalo Mondays program.


Campaign Support

West Marine Affiliate

West Marine will donate up to 5% of your on-line order to O'Neill Sea Odyssey whenever you shop through this affiliate platform or print an affiliate card and shop in a store near you. It's a simple and automatic way for you to support our campaign every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Maia Negre Fine Art

Santa Cruz based artist, Maia Negre, has partnered with OSO to increase ocean awareness and help raise money for the 100,000th Student Campaign. Through her captivating artwork, we're invited into the world beneath the surface that OSO strives to inspire youth to protect. 20% of sales from Maia's O'Neill Sea Odyssey series will benefit the program. One of her series' paintings (above) was inspired by the iconic photograph taken by Steve Lawson in October 2011. Lawson captured the moment when a 35 to 40 foot humpback whale surfaced just 20 feet from the Team O'Neill catamaran with students on-board.

New Leaf's Envirotokens

Through June 2018, you now have the ability to support OSO and our 100,000th Student Campaign when you reuse your grocery bags. As a customer, whenever you reuse a grocery bag at the Downtown Santa Cruz New Leaf market, O'Neill Sea Odyssey is eligible to receive your 10¢ Envirotoken donation. Giving back to the community and the ocean, each time you shop.

"The Ocean Is Alive" T-shirt

Show your support for our milestone 100,000th student by purchasing our signature anniversary t-shirt, commemorating 20 years of O'Neill Sea Odyssey and the mantra of founder, Jack O'Neill - "The ocean is alive, and we have to take care of it." Available at our harbor office or through our virtual gift shop in men's and women's Vintage Royal and Vintage Coal (Adult Small-XXL).

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Create your own personalized fundraising page and reach out to your friends and family on behalf of OSO. Raise funds towards a set goal amount or participate in a classroom or team challenge. Become a fundraiser simply by clicking on the image above to connect to our fundraising platform. From there, the green button will link to the necessary tools and resources to create your very own OSO campaign.

1% for the Planet

Does your company annually contribute a percentage of sales to nonprofit partners? If so, O'Neill Sea Odyssey is proud to be a part of the 1% for the Planet network, which connects businesses and nonprofits to protect the planet. If you own a business but are not yet a member, consider joining 1% for the Planet, naming OSO as your beneficiary. Proud partner since 2014.


Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to O'Neill Sea Odyssey whenever you shop through AmazonSmile. It's a simple and automatic way for you to support our campaign every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Giving Assistant

Donate up to 30% of your purchase price when you shop at 2,500+ popular online retailers using Giving Assistant. It’s easy! Giving Assistant pays you cash back, and you choose how much of it you’d like to donate to O'Neill Sea Odyssey. Plus the added bonus that Giving Assistant will match every donation. Transform shopping into charitable action and double your donation today.

Benevity & Matching Gifts

Benevity workplace giving and matching boosts employee engagement to support O'Neill Sea Odyssey with easy, online giving and gift matching. Many companies will match your charitable donation, doubling or even tripling your gift. To see if your employer offers matching gift opportunities, check out this list of participating companies. If your company isn't listed, contact your employer to initiate a giving program.

Network for Good

Through their trusted charitable fund, Network for Good makes it easy to support O'Neill Sea Odyssey . If donating here, please designate your donation specifically for the 100,000th Student Campaign.


Campaign Sponsor


We would be honored if you or your organization would like to sponsor our milestone 100,000th student. Sponsorship levels include Gold ($10,000), Silver ($5,000) and Bronze ($2,500).


   The Basuino Souza Group




For further information on any or all of these opportunities, please fill out the form below and one of our team members will get back to you.

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