In April, the Sharks Foundation celebrated its Environmental Awareness initiative, leaving its mark everywhere from the beach to the heart of downtown San Jose.
To kick-off the campaign, the Foundation partnered with Plantronics and Save Our Shores to host a clean-up at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz on April 5.
Throughout the afternoon, nearly 50 volunteers collected more than 60 pounds of trash, while recycling five pounds of items collected just off the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. At the conclusion of the clean-up, the Foundation presented Save Our Shores with a check for $5,000 to continue its efforts in protecting and preserving the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
A week later, efforts returned to the home of the San Jose Sharks where the Foundation hosted a Beautification Day across from SAP Center at Arena Green Park on April 10. Close to 50 volunteers from the Sharks, Orchard Supply Hardware and CommonWealth Central Credit Union planted new flowers, laid weed barriers and chip, and painted park trash cans in iconic teal.
Then on April 25, the Sharks Foundation teamed-up with the San Jose Downtown Association to support environmental improvements and crime prevention efforts at Fountain Alley (between First and Second Streets) in downtown San Jose.
The project, which included the installation of white and teal string lights, a fresh coat of paint, new landscaping and alleyway cleanup, used local artists to design Sharks-themed decorative elements throughout the space. In total $20,000 was donated to the San Jose Downtown Foundation for these improvements.
During the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sharks Foundation partnered with Habitat for Humanity with a goal of raising $60,000 to complete crucial home repairs for an entire street block in East Palo Alto.
With fan support, the Foundation surpassed its goal, raising nearly $77,000 through beer booth sales at the Sharks Street Rally, auction items, commemorative foam beard sales and the 50/50 Raffle. With more than $16,000 in additional funds, the Sharks Foundation will support San Jose Flood Victims' home improvements that are outside of city funding in San Jose.
Two 50/50 Raffles also supported the San Francisco Zoo and the Oakland Zoo and the Sharks Foundation's Earth Day Jersey Auction donated partial proceeds to O'Neill Sea Odyssey, which provides students with hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between he living sea and the environment.
Throughout the month, the Sharks Foundation donated nearly $127,000 toward environmental awareness projects and programs, impacting 10,000 people.