On December 1, we held our last official event of the year: our Year End Celebration and Benefit, at the Impact Hub in downtown Oakland. This was the biggest turnout we have ever had, with over 150 attendees!
Highlights included the Rising Leader speeches and Marlim Reynosa’s inspiring performance of Afro-Dominican music and dance. Brown Girl Surf volunteer and hip hop artist Art3mis Prime captivated the audience with her incredible hip hop set–which ended with a dance party on the stage, including youth leaders, volunteers, their parents, and members of the community! Special thanks to our event sponsor Sanuk, as well as our numerous in-kind sponsor and community partners who provided awesome prizes for the raffle and silent auction. As always, Little Chihuahua and Homeroom provided us with delicious food!
2018 was a breakout year for Brown Girl Surf. We had a total of 140 unique participants (216 including repeats) and 40 volunteers! We held 21 Community Surf Sister Days, 5 beach - based leadership building days, 3 land-based celebrations, 2 beach-based volunteer appreciations, 2 environmental stewardship projects, a film screening, a civic engagement workshop, and more!
Thank you to our community, supporters, and amazing volunteers for an incredible year!