The Perfect Sail to Kick Off Bay Day

San Francisco Bay was the perfect backdrop for our second annual Bay Day kick-off Catamaran Sail on Sunday, October 1. We partnered with longtime Bay business Adventure Cat and took almost 90 of Save The Bay’s donors and Bay Day partners on a sunset sail under the Golden Gate bridge. We gathered at Pier 39, waved at the sea lions as we drifted out into our beautiful Bay and returned home to a twinkly city nightscape.

The Catamaran Sail was a kick-off to the second annual Bay Day celebration on October 7th. With the leadership of the Bay Day Co-Chairs and Host Committee, we filled the boat to capacity, which was triple the size of our inaugural sail in 2016.  This is yet another reminder of how beloved San Francisco Bay is to residents in the region and how exciting an opportunity it can be to witness the Bay’s beauty from the water, even for people who have lived here for years.

  • © Steve Nosanchuk

We want to extend a special thank you to the photographer of the evening, Steve Nosanchuk, whose photos can be found here, and again recognize Bay Day’s many individual and corporate sponsors.

If you’re interested in learning more about Save The Bay’s events and opportunities to see our work in action, please contact me at kreitter@savesfbay.org or (510) 463-6837. Thank you again to our Catamaran Sail attendees, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Brunch by the Bay: The NextGen of Bay Stewards

Brunch by the Bay Speakers
Brunch by the Bay Speakers

 

One of the most enjoyable events I get to run in my role is Save The Bay’s Brunch by the Bay. On Saturday, August 19th we hosted more than 60 guests, including many founding members, at the Berkeley Yacht Club to commemorate the organization’s founding and discuss our plans for the future.  We look forward to this event every year as a way to honor the organization’s deep roots and remind ourselves that our founders accomplished “impossible” things against all odds.  Sylvia, Kay, and Esther were three women living in a world dominated by men in the 1950s and 1960s. Their world had no environmental protection laws, and they successfully banded together for the good of the Bay and the communities that call it home.

I have spent my entire adult life and the majority of my decade long career standing up for women’s rights. When I learned about the founding of Save The Bay and the three fearless women who started a revolutionary movement to prevent Bay fill, I immediately wanted to join the cause. I enjoy working for Save The Bay because of our inspiring founding story, my Bay Area roots, and most importantly so I can teach my 18 month old daughter the importance of fighting climate change through proactive and nature-based solutions.

A commonly held goal amongst parents is to make the world better for our children and generations to come. This sentiment was echoed at the Founder’s Brunch by Allison Chan, our Bay Smart Communities Manager, who is making real strides on behalf of Save The Bay to help the Bay Area reach zero trash by 2022. One thing that drives Allison is the hope that her baby girl will grow up in a cleaner and healthier environment. Our other speaker, Kenneth Rangel, spoke about his work on the habitat restoration team and how some of the students he takes to the shoreline have never seen the Bay despite growing up just a few miles away. Thanks to Kenneth and his fellow restoration colleagues, Save The Bay leads over 5,000 volunteers to restore the shoreline every year.

Brunch By The Bay 2017

We must honor the unprecedented victories of our founders and continue to protect, preserve, and restore our beautiful Bay, which is at the heart of our Bay Area community. By joining the Save The Bay Legacy Society, you can support this vision! Your legacy can be to leave this beautiful community stronger and more resilient for those who come after us.  I am so moved that Save The Bay has received almost a quarter of a million dollars in legacy bequest gifts this year.  This unexpected funding allows us to hire and retain staff, like Kenneth and Allison, and equip them to engage more volunteers and advocates.

In the spirit of legacy, I encourage you to join us as a member of Save The Bay’s Legacy Society. We are so passionate about our Legacy Society that we’re offering a special, one-time opportunity to receive a beautiful framed photo of San Francisco Bay if you let us know that we are a part of your estate plans.  To learn more about legacy giving and receive your Bay photo, please contact me at kreitter@savesfbay.org or 510-463-6837.

I continue to be inspired by the stories of our founding members—how the Bay was in a dire state before Save The Bay was formed and how our founders’ tenacity and grit helped to transform it. I am grateful to our founding members for making the Bay Area a better place for me, and I am committed to doing the same for my daughter. Thank you for standing with us.