The Santa Monica-based environmental organization Heal the Bay raised more than $650,000 at the largest fundraising dinner in its history at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar Thursday, May 29th.

More than 1,200 people attended the event to promote the nonprofit organization’s ongoing work.

Themed “Making Waves,” the fundraising event celebrated environmental stewards whose thoughts, words and actions show that every individual is capable of affecting positive change, Heal the Bay officials said.

Many Southland celebrities and civic leaders were on hand to pay tribute to the event’s special honorees including David Nahai, chief executive officer and general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Don Corsini, general manager of local broadcast stations KCBS and KCAL; and Tom Unterman, founder and managing partner of the venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners.

All three leaders have made advancements in their respective fields, encouraging the adoption of more ocean-friendly practices in their business and community activities, Heal the Bay officials said.

To make the “Bring Back the Beach” event as sustainable as possible, Heal the Bay officials said they selected vendors committed to green business practices.

In addition to musical performances by “The Plain White T’s” and “Leon Mobley & Da Lion,” a silent and live auction was held, in which a fully accessorized 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid led the bidding by netting $33,000 for the organization.

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