Local nonprofit, The Santa Monica Mountains Fund, will celebrate the 100 year Centennial of the National Park Service with an outdoor fundraiser at the Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch on May 22nd.
The event will honor Congressman Anthony C. Beilenson (retd), the lawmaker who was instrumental in establishing the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in 1978.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the country. Seventeen million people live within a one hour drive from the park. Being one of only five Mediterranean eco-systems in the world, it is ecologically extremely important to Los Angeles, surrounding cities, the nation and the planet.
Local actor and resident, Jane Seymour, The Cheesecake Factory, Oscar & Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation, House Beer, Oasis Furniture Collection, Sea Lily, Yanetty Landscaping, Bodegas Paso Robles, The Jan Evans Studio, 5 Point Yoga Malibu, Raw Workouts, Coffee Bean, Sefari and Malibu Wines are supporters for this event.
The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $100,000 towards wildlife research, education, trail maintenance and restoration of native habitat. Funds fill in where tax dollars leave off. In the last year the fund raised and provided funding for tracking and health checks for mountain lions, buses to bring underserved youth to the park and building trails in remote corners of the mountains.
Tickets are $125 and are available at www.samofund.org/2016/03/02/attend-our-may-22-fundraiser.