It was Jazz in January but in February. On Saturday evening, the crowd converged on the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, celebrating the good life on the Pacific Rim in an effort to protect and preserve the precious Pacific coastline.
Specifically, the institute finds its focus in education. Annual programs, funded through such events as Jazz in January, enable the institute to reach an estimated 115,000 Orange County students and visitors during the year.
"Our unique immersion style educational experiences shows students how to be research scientists, tall ship sailors, expedition leaders and explorers for a few hours, a few days, and sometimes, for the rest of their lives," said Daniel Stetson, president and chief executive of the Ocean Institute.
Support for the annual jazz event, now in its ninth year, is nothing less than super-passionate. The organizing team, comprised of co-chairs Tim McMahon (expecting a call announcing the arrival of his second grandchild that evening) and Jens Von Gierke, has worked year after year to support the cause and help raise funds for the institute. This year, the two-evening jazz event sold out yet again, raising $130,000 in support of the Ocean Institute's educational programming.