As a business leader and philanthropist, Steyer believes everyone has a moral responsibility to ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education and a healthy climate. In 2010, he and his wife, Kat Taylor, pledged to contribute most of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes. That same year, he worked to defeat Proposition 23, an attempt by the oil industry to roll back California’s plan to reduce pollution and address climate change.
After founding a successful California business, Steyer left to work full-time on nonprofit and advocacy efforts and now serves as president of NextGen Climate, an organization he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans.
Seaside Soiree, San Diego Coastkeeper’s most anticipated fundraiser of the year, supports the organization’s dedication to fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County — from inland waters to the coastline. The annual celebration at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, with a 4:30 p.m. VIP hosted cocktail party with Tom Steyer. The celebration features live music, a roaming buffet, a silent auction and interactive education stations to engage guests in Coastkeeper’s work.
“Every year, Seaside Soiree cultivates a joyous atmosphere where friends and like-minded locals unite in the name of clean water,” says San Diego Coastkeeper executive director Tracie Barham. “With Tom Steyer’s keynote highlighting what each individual can do to affect change, we hope to inspire a renewed focus on a more sustainable San Diego.”
In the past year, some highlights at San Diego Coastkeeper include:
- hiring its new executive director who leads the charge in the fight for clean water;
- transforming illegally polluting companies into stewards of the environment through legal action and cooperation;
- bringing environmental education to nearly 3,000 elementary school students across the county.
San Diego Coastkeeper thanks its 2016 Seaside Soiree sponsors and table hosts: Bay Sponsor San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Watershed Sponsors Pala Band of Mission Indians, San Diego Gas & Electric, Schmidt Design Group, Stewart and Emily Halpern Charitable Fund, Waitt Foundation; VIP Reception Sponsor Sunroad Resort Marina; River Sponsors BAE Systems, California Strategies, Chatten-Brown & Carstens, Port of San Diego, San Diego State University, Tosdal Law Firm; and its Bar Sponsors Barbara Bry & Neil Senturia, DeLano & DeLano, EDCO, Great Ecology and Sportfishing Association of California.
To continue empowering San Diego County’s water watchdog, purchase VIP or general admission tickets here. To sponsor or underwrite the event, contact Stephanie Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-758-7743 X111.
For more information about San Diego Coastkeeper and how you can protect the county’s waters, please visit Coastkeeper at www.sdcoastkeeper.org.