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Event to Benefit Water for Life
an article by Emy Takada

A beautiful young crowd supported the Water for Life Benefit & Fundraiser at the On Broadway Event Center in San Diego on March 23, to celebrate the United Nations World Water Day and the organization's Decade for Water, from 2005 to 2015 (U.N. resolution 58/217).

The inspiration for the event came from the young leadership of the United Nations Association of San Diego to raise money to benefit the Surfrider Foundation, Surfaid International, Project Concern International, and non-profit organizations that work to protect the ocean and beaches, prevent water born diseases and provide access to clean water and food.

The event center was located in one of San Diego's most attractive venues and was divided into different lounges. Each lounge illustrated the uses of water and its benefits. In the main lounge, a big screen set behind the stage, showed water-related photos. The live music of The White Buffalo followed by Ladie Dottie & The Diamonds kept people dancing until the end of the night.

College students volunteered at each organization's booth to provide information about their organization and provided explanations about their projects. In the gallery lounge, an art exhibit was held; ocean and waves were the inspiration for the artists. Additionally, in the next lounge, surf films by Poor Specimen were shown in a huge plasma screen next to the Sea Camp booth. In the Zen lounge, surfers went wild with Spoken Gun's performance.

At around midnight, a crowd gathered around the fundraising donation's booth to buy the last raffles in the hope to win one of the most wanted prizes of the night-a skateboard or a surfboard., with proceeds going to benefit projects that would improve water initiatives.

The first year of the event was definitely successful. It was very nice to be involved in such a belief that young people's power can make difference.

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This report was posted on April 11, 2006.