Global Oceans Awards Gala


Gary Griggs, a distinguished professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has been named the 2018 Global Oceans Hero. Now in his 50th year at UC Santa Cruz, Griggs served as director of the Institute of Marine Sciences for 26 years. Griggs is a leading authority on coastal issues including climate change, sea-level rise, and coastal erosion.

Please join us for a sumptuous meal prepared by UC Santa Cruz’s chef, Vincent Franco, formerly executive sous chef of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Quail Lodge in Carmel. Chef Franco will delight us with delicious appetizers, splendid courses, and an exquisite dessert, all paired with fine wines as we honor our 2018 Oceans Hero, Gary Griggs and the next generation of ocean scientists.

To become a Gala Sponsor, contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker: (831) 459-3800 or

Location details: 

Cocktail Reception at 6 PM • Dinner at 7 PM
This elegant event will be held on the beautiful UC Santa Cruz Campus.

Admission Required
Admission details: 

Advance reservations required.

For individual or table reservations ($175 per person or $1,400 for a table of eight), contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker: (831) 459-3800 or

Event dates: 
03/24/2018 - 6:00pm