Annual Gala

2019 MMCC LA Sunset Celebration

Join us for a Sunset Celebration

10,000 Days of Sea Lion Hospital History

Saturday, Oct 19th, 2019

5-9 pmMarriott Marina Del Rey

Bayview Room, 10th Floor & Rooftop Lounge., 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Tickets On Sale Now!

$100 tickets, sponsorships available.

Help Us Celebrate 10K Days of Sea Lion Hospital History

We are proud to share a milestone achievement: “Countdown to 10,000 Days:  Join Sea Lion Hospital History”.  We have a fantastic reason to celebrate!  For nearly 10,000 days, our dedicated veterinary and husbandry team has provided same-day medical care, food and shelter for more than 8,000 seals and sea lions that needed treatment for gunshot wounds, shark bites, malnutrition, ocean parasites, entanglement in fishing nets and lines, and injuries from ocean trash and plastic.  The 5 species we treat regularly are California Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, and Fur Seals born in ocean habitats near Mexico and Canada.  We even help injured dolphins that are rescued by providing medical triage and transport to the hospital in San Diego that is set up for shelter of larger marine mammals.

Good news! Our 10,000 days of history has been very fruitful, thanks to experienced staff and caring volunteers — for every paid staff we have 10 passionate volunteers!  And, yes, we need everyone of them to contribute their hard work under stressful conditions: thawing a thousand pounds of fish per day, scrubbing and cleaning enclosures before meals, hand-feeding hungry seals and sea lions, and keeping detailed medical records.  We average 300 new patients each year — that’s 5 per week!  For three years in a row we were deluged with 600, 600 and 700 patients, so many that we had to turn some away or have them wait days to be admitted.  The reward for our hard work is observing healthy seals and sea lions playfully swimming together in pools, getting them ready for the short trip to the ocean, then seeing them look back at us before dashing into the surf  to swim back home.  

In 10,000 days we’ve learned many lessons from interacting with these federally protected marine mammals, lessons that successfully accomplish the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  Our research has taught us about birth rates and life-span, trends in eating habits, effects of varying ocean-nutrients on both food supply and water-borne illnesses, progress at minimizing ocean pollution. and improved medical procedures to more promptly and effectively help seals and sea lions that arrived on local beaches in need of help.  It is exciting that our collaborative work with the six other marine mammal hospitals in California has helped stabilize populations of seals and sea lions.   

Speaking of arriving on local beaches, did you know that there are no beaches in L.A. County where an injured seal or sea lion can rest or heal away from people, buildings or roadways?  Thus, stranded seals and sea lions are brought to us after being rescued from all points along the Santa Monica Bay, Long Beach and the Ports.  This means beaches from Point Dume in Malibu to the South Bay to Palos Verdes Peninsula and south, as well as Santa Catalina Island.  Without our hospital, the beaches and ports of Los Angeles would experience quite an environmental and health crisis.  Maintaining our top-quality public service costs $3 per minute, every hour, every day, every month of every year.  We are entirely dependent on the generous support of individual donors, grants from foundations, and the hearts and goodwill of people like you.  We do not have regular support from any government agency, but we are working diligently to create relationships with City, County and State officials to make them aware of the mandatory public service we provide and obtain their financial support.

We need you to support our ocean conservation efforts by clicking the donate button above to make yourself part of our 10,000 Day milestone in Sea Lion Hospital History and solidify us going forward to provide care for these wonderful creatures for another 10,000 days and beyond.

$100 tickets, sponsorships available.

2019 Special Musical Guests

Andy & Renee | andyandrenee.com
JJ's Sunset Syncopators
JJ’s Sunset Syncopators | www.Yestertunes.com | jjbanjo@juno.com
Torrance Refinery
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2018 MMCC LA Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5-9pm

Laura Hall (from Whose Line Is It Anyway) and The Sweet Potatoes on the rooftop balcony for cocktail hour, then dinner and Laura performing an improv show with some of L.A.’s finest, funniest, seasoned improv actors, created on the spot just for the Gala audience!
The cast:
Shulie Cowen (Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!, The Second City Los Angeles)
Bruce Green (The Second City Chicago, True Grit)
Laura Hall (Whose Line is it Anyway, The Second City Chicago)
Rick Hall (The Second City Chicago, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Norm Thoeming (Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!, The Second City Chicago)

This year we auctioned off 10 hand-painted Sea Lion statues by the following artists!

Kazka McCray  | Cassie ZhangDezcjon Lathrop
Frank RozasyErica Bautista | Iris Peretz
JIM KROGEL | Christine Hernandez
Benedicte Pourchet Dolliver

Live music by JJ’s Sunset Syncopators
Marriott Marina Del Rey

Bayview Room, 10th Floor & Rooftop Lounge., 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292




2017 Silver Seal Gala

October 21, 2017

MMCC Los Angeles is a nonprofit hospital that treats sick, injured and malnourished seals and sea lions. We’ve provided this vital community service since 1992. Our hospital is in San Pedro, but seals and sea lions are rescued from beaches near you, from north of Zuma to Seal Beach. Hundreds of these protected marine mammals get stranded every year in urgent need of food, medical care and shelter – which we provide 365 days a year and during oil spills. We are also home to LAUSD’s Center for Marine Studies. Our education program includes tours, classes, animal viewing, and outreach events for children and adults of all ages. MMCC Los Angeles functions 100% on donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and limited government grants. Donations directly benefit seals and sea lions by helping to buy food and medical supplies, hire staff, train volunteers, and make vital facility upgrades.

Our Silver Seal Gala celebrates 25 years of caring work and generous support and welcomes new donors to help us continue our mission for 25 more years and beyond.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Cocktail Hour – Live music by JJ’s Sunset Syncopators
Dinner Music – Andy & Renee
Entertainment – Live Musical Improv Show by Opening Night
Guest – Meet William Hung
MC – Allan Colman, President of Closers Group

OUR 2017 GALA SPONSORS

BRONZE SEAL SPONSOR – Torrance Refinery

Torrance Refinery has a long history in our region. It features modern technologies that provide consumers with the highest standards of living and mobility in history. These include the cleanest-burning gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States, along with aviation fuels and other products. Torrance Refinery can produce 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year, which represents nearly 10 percent of the demand in California.

For more information,visit Torrance Refining Company

EVENT CO- SPONSOR – Sports 1 Marketing
 
We strategically align and place our clients brands and products in the right circumstances and environments to achieve maximum ROI (investment and influence). We accomplish this by raising the brand profile and awareness of our clients through sponsorship activations, virtual VIP and corporate gifting, and product placement at the most prestigious projects and events. For more information,visit Sports1Marketing.com
 
DIAMOND SPONSOR – MAR3INE

25 years of active support for MMCC includes writing more than $1,000,000 in grants and raising another $1,000,000 in donations for facility upgrades, salaries, refrigeration and filtration equipment, animal enclosures, and preparation for El Nino. MAR3INE also began an employee matching program, upgraded MMCC’s website, and prepaid vendors for supplies and fundraising events. In 2017, MAR3INE financially supports new donor development.

COMMUNITY SPONSOR -LA Sparks
 
The mission of the LA Sparks is to enrich the lives of youth in Los Angeles by supporting community programs that engage and motivate young people and families through sport, health and wellness, education and service initiatives, with a focus on inspiring women and young girls. The Sparks are 2002, 2004 and 2016 WNBA champions.

 

Marriott Marina Del Rey

Bayview Room, 10th Floor & Rooftop Lounge., 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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