April 15, 2011
Aquarium Dedicates Classroom in Honor of the Company’s Commitment to Ocean Conservation Education
Hundreds of students from area schools visited the Aquarium of the Pacific today thanks to a donation from SAVOR…Long Beach. The corporation donated to the Aquarium’s scholarship program for the ninth consecutive year, allowing children to visit during the Grand Prix when the Aquarium is closed to the general public. During a special ceremony with these students, the Aquarium officially dedicated and renamed its outdoor classroom in recognition of the company’s continued commitment to sustainability and education. Wes Westley, president and CEO of SMG, the parent company for SAVOR… Long Beach, was in attendance for the ceremony. The SAVOR Watershed Classroom will serve thousands of students each year.
“We are grateful for SAVOR’s crucial role in bringing environmental education to students,” said Jerry R. Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO. More than five hundred students from Long Beach schools had the opportunity to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific today to partake in ocean educational programs under the scholarship. The students had the chance to explore the Aquarium with the entire facility all to themselves. “We’re delighted to be able to introduce the students to the wonders of marine life and to help them learn how they can protect our ocean,” Schubel said. Since 2003 more than 11,000 students have taken part in the SAVOR…Long Beach/Grand Prix scholarship program with more than $128,000 awarded in scholarship funds.
In addition to fulfilling the Aquarium’s food service and event and needs, SAVOR…Long Beach has played a crucial role in the development of the Aquarium. “Through our ongoing involvement with the Aquarium, we are able to help further environmental awareness whether it’s through empowering students through field trips or supporting educational exhibitions,” said Veronica Quintero, regional general manager of SAVOR… Long Beach.
SAVOR…Long Beach, the food and beverage division of special event venue management leader SMG (http://www.savorsmg.com), currently provides food and beverage services as well as VIP, catering, and special event services to more than 100 facilities around the world. The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVOR’s commitment to farm-to-table freshness and food quality typically features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR…Long Beach staff takes pride in being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market.