March 11, 2008
KUD International sponsors Aquarium Gala that will award Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and NOAA’s Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Vice Admiral, US Navy (Ret.)
Long Beach, Calif.—March 11, 2008— The Aquarium of the Pacific announced today that KUD International will be the Gold Sponsor of the 10th Anniversary Ocean Conservation Awards Gala on June 14, 2008. KUD International, a leading real estate developer based in Santa Monica, has stepped forward with a $50,000 contribution to secure top sponsorship of the event. The 2008 Gala marks the 10th Anniversary of the Aquarium.
Aquarium President & CEO Jerry Schubel remarked, “It’s particularly fitting that the company which developed the Aquarium should be the top sponsor for this special event, but this is just one example of its generosity.” KUD International has supported the Aquarium every year since its opening 10 years ago. Jim Crenshaw, KUD International CFO, commented that “KUD has a special place in its heart for the Aquarium, and we are delighted to celebrate its 10th Anniversary by supporting the 2008 Ocean Conservation Awards Gala.”
The Aquarium anticipates awarding Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger the 2008 Ocean Conservation Award for his environmental leadership in the state of California. Also receiving an Ocean Conservation Award will be Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Vice Admiral, US Navy (Ret.), Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in recognition of his strong understanding of the interactions between our ocean, the environment, and the atmosphere.
In the Governor’s honor, the Aquarium will theme the Gala as a celebration of the state’s new tourism promotion – California: Land of Wine & Food. Every item on the menu will include a locally grown ingredient in the recipe. Savor…Long Beach Catering by SMG, the Aquariums long-time exclusive caterer, will be responsible for the menu. For example, four of the items will be: Brie Fondue, created with renowned Marin County Creamy Petaluma Brie topped with locally grown Catwalk garden heirloom tomato compote, roasted Gilroy garlic crostini and crispy basil; seared coastal dungeness crab cakes with valley grown sunchoke Puree, smoked paprika chili oil and a dollop of buttery classic California Haas Avocado relish; Harris Ranch grilled filet of beef with a Ghirardelli chocolate demi glace; and seared sustainable Pacific halibut with meyer lemon infused beurre blanc & tomato concasse. Another long-time supporter of the Aquarium, King’s Seafood, will be teaming up on creating this special tribute to California: Land of Wine & Food by coordinating all of the wines to be served throughout the evening, including a 10-year-old Madera County Ficklin Tawny Port.
The Aquarium expects 750 guests to attend the annual Ocean Conservation Awards Gala, almost double the number of guests from last year, to celebrate the Aquarium’s 10th Anniversary. Due to the increased number of expected guests, a special dinner tent will be located on the front area of the Aquarium. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the beautiful exhibits throughout the building during this evening event, providing the rare opportunity to watch the animal’s nighttime behaviors.
KUD International is a global force in developments worldwide and has been involved in the real estate evolution of public-private projects for more than a decade, including museums, university facilities, research parks, and athletic stadiums. The company is currently involved in a mixed-use development in London, combining a world-class aquarium with an active town center for the Royal Docks. In Long Beach, KUD worked with the Aquarium Board and the City of Long Beach to develop the Aquarium of the Pacific making it an educational institution that would revive downtown Long Beach and serve as an anchor for development of the entire Queensway Bay area. Today the Aquarium of the Pacific draws 1.4 million visitors annually and is a prime feature of the waterfront in Long Beach.