A local restaurant recently handed over $1,000 to the Newport Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to help keep the ocean clean.
Fresh Griller, which opened its door in Santa Ana in August, says the partnership was important because Surfrider Foundation's green initiatives complement Fresh Griller’s efforts to provide guests with socially responsible food. The money is being used to help the nonprofit organize beach cleanups, as well as raise awareness in the community through programs like the Rise Above Plastics and Know Your H20 campaigns.
"Surfrider’s mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches," said Dudley Tabakin, vice-chairman of Surfrider's Newport Beach Chapter. "We're moms and dads, we're surfers, we're kids and teens... we're you. We're engaged to protect what we love, oceans, waves and beaches."
Fresh Griller officials say the collaboration was a great fit as the restaurant prides itself on dishes made with fresh, naturally raised ingredients that give customers flavorful, antioxidant and nutrient rich food. Its current Santa Ana location offers customizable food options ranging from bowls, wraps and salads to sides and sweets, with more Southern California locations opening up next year.
“Like Surfrider protection of the environment through responsible, sustainable practices is a critical commitment Fresh Griller has made through our brand message,” John Costello, Fresh Griller managing director, said. “We encourage those reading this to learn more about this wonderful organization and discover ways to become involved in efforts to protect the beaches and waterways we all enjoy.”
The Surfrider Foundation operates throughout 18 countries with 60,000 members and 100 chapters. To learn more about Fresh Griller, visit freshgriller.com. If you'd like to participate in Surfrider's initiatives to protect the oceans, visit newportbeach.surfrider.org.