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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Monday, March 15, 2010

Run for the Seals 2010 Draws a Huge Crowd

March 13, 2010

About 1,000 people laced up their sneakers for the 26th Run for the Seals at The Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, March 13th.

From newborns in strollers to seniors setting a fast pace, lots of folks came to participate in the event. Even costumed dogs were spotted on the course.

All funds raised from the run support the life-saving work of the Center to help sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals.

Medals were awarded to the top three male, female and child runners from the four mile run. There was also a two mile course for those looking for a still challenging but less difficult route.

KFOG's Peter Finch kept the crowd energized as they made their way to the finish line.

The winners included:

Male Runners:
1. John Litzenberg (Glen Ellen) 22:04
2. Mario Escobedo (San Francisco) 23:13
3. Mark Strawn (San Francisco) 25:10

Female Runners:
1. Sara Gigliotti (San Francisco) 25:49
2. Amy Sonstein (San Francisco) 30:12
3. Amie Mazzoni (Clovis) 31:44

Child Runners:
1. Ryan Gallagher (Sacramento) 26:02
2. Garrett Miller (Mill Valley) 35:58
3. Cole Thompson (San Rafael) 35:59

Prizes were given to the best costumes for both humans and dogs:
Best Costume for Families/Adults:
1. Dolphin Pod Mammals In Motion
Monica, Sandy and Gabby Chavez
Katie, Zach and Marcus Jones
Stephanie Burnett
2. Seal
Jaime Peterson

Best Dressed Dog:
Tina Turner
Mottel the Dog

See you next year at the 27th Run for the Seals in 2011!

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Marine Mammal Center Grows its Solar Capabilities with a Big Donation

Children from Willow Creek and Oakland Tech celebrate the announcement of PG&E's $150,000 donation to The Marine Mammal Center for a new solar installation. left to right: The Center's Executive Director, Jeff Boehm and PG&E Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Center board member John Simon.

March 4, 2010

Here comes the sun! The break in this week’s rain was timed perfectly as the sun shone brightly on the children gathered from Willow Creek and Oakland Tech schools to celebrate PG&E’s announcement of a $150,000 donation to The Marine Mammal Center for a new solar installation.

PG&E’s $150,000 donation will create a 20 kilowatt solar installation at the Center’s new headquarters. This solar addition with work together with the Center’s current 23 kilowatt array and will allow the Center to produce an additional 35,000 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy. This is the equivalent of powering up to 4 homes! Equally important, the Center will save $4,000 a year just from harnessing the power of the sun!

The Center and PG&E will also work together to incorporate renewable energy principles into the Center’s existing education program. PG&E’s Solar Schools Program www.pge.com/myhome/environment/pge/solarschools/index.shtml teaches students about renewable energy. This award-winning program makes science fun. The program teaches students how their everyday actions can truly affect the environment.

This special partnership between PG&E and the Center will help create the next generation of environmental stewards.