On Sunday, the Maddie James Foundation will celebrate the naming of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at Dana Point's Ocean Institute. The event will be catered by Newport Coast's Zov's Bistro.
Maddie James, 5, died in March after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor only a couple months prior.
A camper at the Ocean Institute, her parents, Kajsa James and Collie James, made it their mission to raise $1 million to name the new addition to the institute after their daughter, it being one of her favorite places.
In less than three months, they raised the ambitious amount.
Bethany Hamilton, the inspiration for the film "Soul Surfer," is the celebrity chairwoman for the foundation. Hamilton, a professional surfer, lost her left arm in a shark attack when she was 13.