June 5, 2023 3:58 pm

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — The Roundhouse Aquarium’s first-ever Splash Celebration this month raised more than $200,000 that will be used to support marine and environmental science programs for students and visitors of the aquarium.

Held on the fifth anniversary of the aquarium’s reopening, Splash welcomed nearly 200 guests on May 13 to celebrate their shared passion for ocean conservation and marine science education.

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“We were so pleased to open our home for this anniversary celebration,” said on founding donor David McGovern. “It is an honor to continue our relationship with all of the people who care so much about the Aquarium and what it means to the students and people of Southern California and beyond.”

Funds raised at the event will funnel into educational programs that teach the science of climate change and its impact on the marine environment, the dangers of plastic pollution and connect students with the ocean. The money will also be used for required facility maintenance, sea creature care, and help the Roundhouse Aquarium welcome visitors free of charge.

Since the new renovations in 2018, the aquarium has welcomed more than half a million people to view its exhibits and marine life and educated more than 150,00 students, some of whom had never seen the ocean before officials said.

“The Roundhouse Aquarium is an iconic symbol of our community, and we’re so grateful for all the attendees who came out to support this integral monument to our environment,” said Michael Greenberg, founder of the Harrison Greenberg Memorial Foundation and president of Skechers USA. “It’s imperative that we continue to protect our aquarium from the elements and ensure that it remains as a center of learning for children for future generations.”

Following the success of the first event, officials said Splash will continue to be held annually.

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