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The original Henry Ford's great-great-granddaughter will be auctioning off an example of one of the company's newest products next month for charity. Heal the Bay, an environmental organization focused on improving coastal water bodies in southern California is holding a fund-raising auction on May 28 in Santa Monica as part of its Bring Back the Beach gala. Elena Ford will be wielding the gavel as attendees bid on a brand new Fusion hybrid.

In addition to the auction, the event will honor Mark Attanasio, owner of the Milwaukee Brewers and artist Catherine Opie for their efforts to raise awareness of water quality and the oceans as well as their work for Heal the Bay. Google's Ocean in Google Earth will also be recognized for giving people the opportunity to explore the ocean floor from their desktops. Tickets are still available at $500 per person through

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Sports, art and tech worlds to mingle at West Coast's biggest enviro fundraiser

SANTA MONICA, CA (Tuesday, April 14, 2009) -- Heal the Bay today announced a lively mix of environmental leaders to be saluted May 28 at the group's annual Bring Back the Beach gala, encompassing the worlds of sports, visual arts and technology.

More than 1,200 guests will be on hand at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar to recognize the achievements of Mark Attanasio, a Heal the Bay board member who serves as group managing director of Trust Company of the West, and chairman and principal owner of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club; Catherine Opie, the Los Angeles visual artist whose provocative photographs were recently featured in a midcareer retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum; and Ocean in Google Earth, the online application that allows millions of users to explore underwater landscapes throughout the world.

While working in diverse sectors, these honorees are unified in their commitment to clean oceans and environmental change. The longtime supporters of Heal the Bay have successfully pushed conventional boundaries in their respective fields and worked diligently to protect our natural resources, each embodying the theme of this year's event: "A Sea of Possibilities."

"These honorees have integrated meaningful environmental stewardship into their public endeavors in a natural and compelling way," said Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay. "Their leadership is an example to all of us who want to make a positive impact by raising awareness and effecting positive change."

In a bid to encourage more sustainable lifestyle choices, Ford Motor Co. has generously donated a fully accessorized 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid vehicle for the event's always brisk live auction. Elena Ford, the great-great-granddaughter of company founder Henry Ford and current chief of global marketing, is scheduled to be on hand to auction off the innovative low-emission vehicle.

Guests will also have the opportunity view the limited edition Catherine Opie series "Four Seasons of the Bay." Shot from one vantage point in Santa Monica, this four-image work can only be purchased from Heal the Bay.

Akasha, the much-talked-about Culver City eco-restaurant, is catering this year's gala and will fashion a special menu featuring innovative sustainable items. Other event vendors have been selected based on their commitment to green business practices.

The West Coast's largest environmental fundraising event has sold out the last four years. Group tables and individual tickets, beginning at $500, are still available at

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About Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean for people and aquatic life. It uses research, advocacy, education and community action to pursue its mission.

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