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Roundhouse Receives $10,000 Donation

Jul 16, 2018 09:58AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

John Roberts, aquarium board president, speaking to attendees at the May 24 Sustainable Seafood dinner.

By Lynne Gross

The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium has received a $10,000 donation from the producers of the Sustainable Seafood dinner held on May 24 in Manhattan Beach.

The sold-out event, held on the beach near the Manhattan Beach Pier was produced by Outstanding in the Field in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times and the LA Food Bowl celebration of food. John Roberts, the aquarium board president, was one of the speakers at the event, which featured locally sourced, sustainably harvested seafood as well as speakers on seafood sustainability.

The event sponsors wanted to donate to a local non-profit group that was in line with its philosophy of promoting food that comes from sources that will not be depleted. Kelly Stroman, executive director of the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association, suggested the sponsors contact the aquarium, and the $10,000 donation was the result.

The Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association is an organization representing the 300+ businesses located in the downtown business area of Manhattan Beach. It meets regularly to discuss common challenges, successes, and opportunities that will enhance the Downtown Manhattan Beach experience for the businesses, residents, and visitors. The dinner on the beach was an example of a collaboration with an outside group that focused on local topics while showcasing the culinary talent in downtown

The Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center, located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, provides state-sanctioned classes for school children who are bused to the facility. These classes teach about the ocean, its inhabitants, and its environment. The aquarium is also open to the public on weekends and weekday afternoons, and features tanks that highlight the sea animals of the Los Angeles South Bay area.


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