SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Orange County’s Ocean Institute as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol.
“The Ocean Institute’s work is a fantastic example of nonprofits strengthening our communities, while inspiring everyone – especially children – to learn more about the marine environment,” said Bates. “I have fond memories of taking my children and grandchildren to the Ocean Institute as they participated in fun activities that indulged their curiosity. They and all visitors have left with a better appreciation of the importance of preserving the marine environment. I am proud to honor the Ocean Institute and wish it continued success.”
The Ocean Institute, founded in 1977 as the Orange County Marine Institute, is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization that educates 250,000 visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs. It is located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor; adjacent to a Marine Life Conservation Area. The facility is an ocean education center that offers in-depth marine science, maritime history and outdoor education programs.
The Institute’s president and CEO, Dan Pingaro, visited the Capitol for a photo opportunity with Bates and had lunch with her at the California Nonprofits Day lunch at the Sacramento Convention Center.
“On behalf of the Ocean Institute, I thank Senator Bates for her recognition of our work to advance environmental awareness,” said Dan Pingaro. “We are committed to providing the public with opportunities to enjoy and learn more about our natural environment and marine ecosystems. Working with our community partners, we look forward to providing these opportunities to even more people in the years to come.”
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