Your Stories: When did you Fall For The Bay?

We all have our story of when we fell for the Bay. For many of us, our love of the Bay is linked closely with a specific place or view. Loving the Bay is part of our daily lives, driving us to keep the Bay beautiful and healthy for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

It’s those special moments that make us fall for the Bay over and over again—when we stop in our tracks to take in a beautiful view or go out of our way to catch a glimpse of the water. That’s what our Fall For The Bay gala is all about—celebrating our love for the Bay, and in doing so, furthering our efforts to protect and restore it.

To mark the occasion, we asked you to share your stories of how you fell for the Bay. Below are a few of our favorites. Congratulations to Jasmine Worrell, the winner of our Fall for the Bay story contest, who will receive two complimentary tickets to our gala.

A breathtaking view of the Bay and the majestic Palace of Fine Arts
A breathtaking view of the Bay and the majestic Palace of Fine Arts

“I grew up only an hour away from our Bay, however in the valley where summer temperatures are often in the hundreds, I longed for cooler weekends closer to our coast. Some of my fondest childhood memories of the Bay are escaping the valley’s hot summer temps for the cool sea breeze & majestic view at Crissy Field, picnicking at the Palace of Fine Arts, and afternoons at (the former) Exploratorium. It was more than 30 years ago that I first fell in love with our beautiful Bay!” –Jasmine Worrell, Oakland

Here are a few other stories we loved:

“Moved from Calgary, Alberta, Canada because of The Bay. When we were first dating, we flew to San Francisco for a weekend holiday. The plan was to drive up valley and tour wineries all weekend but as serendipity would have it, there was an accident on Highway 29 and traffic was still for hours because someone hit a power box so we turned around and drove around the Bay all weekend. We had lunch in Sausalito and while sitting at a Horizons restaurant, we made a pact to move here. We took pictures of places we would come back to and 15 years later, here we are. We miss our Canadian friends but they visit lots. We have company all the time!” –Sandy S.

“I fell in love with the Bay when I had the opportunity to test piloting a two-person craft from Oakland Airport out towards the Golden Gate Bridge. We followed the shore north then turned around and came back over the Bay. The waters were calm, the air was clear. The month was August.  Immediately following, I drove out to the coast to watch the sunset.” –Teresa D.

“We moved here in 1969 and bought a home up in the El Cerrito hills with a bay view. I remember taking my young children on a tour of the bayside where there were huge wooden sculptures and still have a photo of them in front of it. We had wonderful times exploring the area.” –Natalie Z.

Come celebrate your love for San Francisco Bay at our Fall For The Bay gala, this September 26th at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. This special event will help fund critical work to make the Bay more vibrant than ever. Ticket sales close September 24th, so RSVP today. We hope to see you there.

PS- How did you fall for the Bay? Tell us in the comments below.

Put on your party shoes!

Fall for the BayPut on your party shoes, mark your calendars for September 26th, and come celebrate San Francisco Bay and the magic of life on the bay. Save the Bay is throwing a sure-to-be-fun party at the Presidio’s Golden Gate Club, overlooking the water.

Watch the sun go down as you mingle with other environmentally minded friends and cohorts in the middle of San Francisco’s own national park, a former military base steeped in history.

There’ll be live music by a jazz band, and a variety of gourmet beverages plus hors d’hoeuvres provided by Jane Hammond Events.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet environmental historian Matthew Morse Booker whose book Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides has just been published to rave reviews.

Additionally, there’ll be a treasure trove of silent auction items. You can count on a panoply of numerous restaurant options, weekend getaways, sailing classes and kayak tours to choose from.

Look ahead. Talk it up. Buy tickets and bring friends.

 — Molly Hooper, Event Host Committee Co-chair

Molly Hooper has been a member of Save The Bay since 2005.  Molly and her husband John run Oz Farm which is managed as a sustainable working forest as well as an organic farm and retreat center.  Molly is passionate about protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay especially in the light of threats from sea level rise due to climate change. 

Fall for the Bay this September

Fall for the BaySave The Bay’s Fall for the Bay gala on Thursday, September 26th at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio, San Francisco  is a great way to support critically important work!  This event will enhance Save the Bay’s efforts to restore tidal marsh around San Francisco Bay, prevent development and fill that threatens the Bay, and improve Bay water quality by reducing pollution.   Collectively these programs will help ensure a healthy Bay ecosystem and mitigate negative effects associated with climate change!

Importantly, San Francisco Bay is much more than an ecological treasure.  The Bay is a significant contributor to the economic and business fabric of the Bay area.  We attract and retain top talent across business, financial, academic and non-profit institutions in part because of the presence and beauty of the Bay.   We all benefit collectively from the interaction of the diverse set of people and interests which converge at San Francisco Bay.

This is going to be a fun party – with 250-300 guests, an interesting program, and some great food, wine and music.  Don’t miss this opportunity to Fall for the Bay!  As Chief Seattle so eloquently advised: “We do not inherit this earth from our ancestors; rather, we borrow it from our children”.

— Paul A. Stone

Paul A. Stone, J.D. is the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of 5AM Ventures – a venture capital firm investing in early stage life science companies. Mr. Stone serves on the Board of Directors of Save The Bay and is co-chair of the Fall for the Bay event.