Ocean Discovery Institute’s Bubble Up! Gala was attended by over 300 leaders from the San Diego
business, philanthropic, and scientific communities. This year’s event theme, “GENERATIONS” celebrated the accomplishments of the generation of students, and families, who have seized every opportunity to achieve success as STEM and environmental leaders. We raised over $548,000 to reach thousands of young people from City Heights, an urban and underserved community, and provide 100% tuition- free science and conservation programs. Their work empowers 6,000 young people each year, to believe in themselves, to achieve in school and gain entry into college, and
to lead as the next generation STEM workforce. Our student graduates are now engineers, fisheries observers, biotech professionals, and making a difference in our world.
Ocean Discovery’s Bubble Up! Gala, is a time when our community comes together and grows stronger. They raise critical funds that create exceptional results, guests interact with students they have mentored since they were small, and younger students see graduates who encourage them to dream big.
Attendees won exciting auction items including trips to Turtle Island Resort in Fiji, Rancho La Puerta, and priceless items like cooking classes at our Living Lab. Guests had a chance to meet our students and learn firsthand how Ocean Discovery Institute has propelled them on their paths to college and career.
Longtime Ocean Discovery Board Member and Gala Committee Member Sean Caddell, was instrumental in ensuring this gala raised over half a million dollars for the second year in a row. From providing guidance an insight on the event planning process, to engaging his entire network of friends and family, Caddell made sure that Ocean Discovery supporters could come together and see the difference their contributions are making for generations of students in City Heights. “I am so proud to be a part of an organization that makes a huge difference in both today and tomorrow’s youth- as well as an entire community,” said Sean.