April's Environmental Awareness month kicked off for the Sharks Foundation by teaming up with Citrix to launch a fan voting campaign inspired by the partner's 30th anniversary. The two organizations would provide a $30,000 grant to a non-profit of Sharks Territory's choice. After a week of submissions, 2,300 votes were cast and fans choose South Bay Clean Creek Coalition (SBCCC) to receive the funding as well as assistance with a local beautification project. On May 11, volunteers from Citrix and the Sharks spent the day cleaning a section of the Guadalupe River with SBCCC to make the area a safer place for community members and the unique wildlife that inhabit the waterway.
On April 3, volunteers from team partner Poly and the Sharks Foundation collected over 81 lbs. of trash and 6 lbs. of recycling at Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz. Additionally, the two organizations provided a $5,000 donation to project partner Save Our Shores. Funding will further its K-12 Student Education Program through fieldtrips and marine based classroom curriculum. This was Poly and the Foundation's third annual Santa Cruz county beach clean-up.
In celebration of the Sharks Foundation and SAP's 2017-18 season $100,000 financial commitment to City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, the two organizations hosted a day of service at Mt. Pleasant High School where they cosponsor a City Year AmeriCorps team. On April 6, more than 100 volunteers from SAP, the Sharks, Mt. Pleasant and the local community gathered to complete beautification projects including gardening and landscaping, painting murals, building benches and more.
Later that evening when the Sharks faced the Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks Foundation dedicated 50/50 Raffle presented by Black Oak Casino Resort proceeds to its Fill the Tank Campaign. Fifty percent of the $54,450 jackpot was donated to the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council Boy Scouts of America to install four water "Shark Tanks" on the scouts' Chesebrough summer camp campus in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The tanks will provide storage for clean drinking water, as well as protection from unexpected wildfires, to the 6,500 annual campers.
On April 10, the Sharks Foundation made Community Assist Grant applicant Breathe California the 50/50 beneficiary of the Sharks vs Vegas Golden Knights game. A $14,915 donation will help fund the non-profit's Youth for a Cool Earth program which is designed to give students an opportunity to join the fight against global warming in the Bay Area by providing them with practical skills and knowledge they can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
April was a successful month for the Sharks Foundation, impacting 7,800 lives and providing $77,140 in funding to four local non-profits focused on environmental stewardship.
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