Del Mar, Calif. (Dec. 2017) – Willis Allen Realtor Sean Caddell, an Ocean Discovery Institute board member, was instrumental in helping the organization raise $450,000 at its annual Bubble Up! Gala. The 17th annual event was attended by over 300 leaders from the San Diego business, philanthropic and scientific communities.
The theme of this year’s event was “Seed to Tree…Reaching New Heights.” It celebrated the accomplishments of the students helped by the Institute who grow from curious young seedlings full of potential into tall trees who become science and conservation leaders.
“I’m so proud of the work this organization does to reach thousands of young people from the underserved urban community of City Heights,” says Caddell. “Our work empowers these young people to believe they can achieve great things, and I’m so grateful to everyone’s generosity at this year’s gala. I believe that by working together, our students can reach new heights!”
Caddell says students who advance in the Ocean Discovery Institute programs are eight times more likely to earn a college degree. Graduates of the program are now engineers, fisheries observers and biotech professionals. “These young people are making a big difference in our world, and I’m thrilled to have a small part in helping make that happen,” adds Caddell.
At the event, attendees had the chance to meet Ocean Discovery students and learn firsthand how the program has impacted their paths. There was also a live auction featuring items like trips to Fiji, Rancho La Puerta, the Kentucky Derby and more.
About Ocean Discovery Institute
Ocean Discovery Institute is a San Diego-based nonprofit working to address the national crises in science education and poverty. Our programs use the ocean to empower urban, underserved young people to become tomorrow’s scientific and conservation leaders. Ocean Discovery Institute transforms young lives through science.