Institution of Oceanography Honors Passionfish Events & Education
Diego , CA — November 13, 2003
Ryland Spurgin, Passionfish’s Events and Education Director,
and Executive Director/Chef of Waters Fine Catering and Waters Fine
Foods recently received two honors from Scripps
Institution of Oceanography (SIO).
Shortly after Passionfish co-hosted SIO’s Centennial Bash
on September 25, the institution’s Director’s Cabinet
honored Andrew with an appointment to their Community Relations
Committee. He was also presented with a Centennial ring. Over the
years Andrew has helped design and produce more than one hundred
events for SIO, honoring dignitaries such as former U.S. President
Bill Clinton; Walter Munk, recipient of the Kyoto Prize; Paul Crutzen,
recipient of the Nobel Prize; and events including The White House
Conference on Environmental Monitoring; the groundbreaking ceremony
for the Birch Aquarium at Scripps; and the launching of SIO’s
Revelle research vessel.
“SIO has always seemed like family to me,” says Andrew.
“SIO is San Diego's jewel in the crown.”
enthusiasm and creativity have been a source of inspiration as well
as providing real support for Scripps,” says Tom Collins,
Deputy Director for Administration at SIO. “His leadership
in helping to organize our 100th Birthday Bash was instrumental
in making it such a great success.” SIO, Passionfish, and
Diego Gastronomically Correct Chefs co-hosted the Bash in which
550 guests enjoyed and learned about environmentally sustainable
The Director’s Cabinet is a group of business and community
leaders in San Diego who provide expertise, counsel, and influence
in the important areas of public relations and funding. They serve
as informed ambassadors to heighten public recognition and awareness
of the vital scientific work being done at Scripps toward helping
society achieve a sustainable environmental balance.
Community Relations Committee of the Director’s Cabinet assists
with promoting awareness and appreciation of Scripps by identifying
key individuals, corporations, and private-sector groups who could
provide assistance to Scripps; making contact with key individuals,
corporations, and private-sector groups; organizing/hosting events
to promote Scripps to the community; and advising on how to improve
communications with the public about Scripps.
scientists have been the ‘good guys’ in the ocean business
for one hundred years and it’s people like Andrew who help
us get our messages out, working relentlessly for the good of the
seas,” says Jill Hammons, Director of Special Events at SIO.
“He passionately believes in preserving the oceans and marine
life, and, lucky for us, he believes in Scripps. We are proud to
have him officially on our team.”
was also honored with an appointment to the E.W. Scripps Associates.
They are the top-level donor group at SIO. Members have a special
interest in the scientific process and the scientists who work at
the oceanographic research institution. Founded in 1993, the group
is named for the pioneering newspaper publisher, E.W. Scripps, who,
for $1,000 arranged to obtain at auction SIO’s 170-acre campus
in La Jolla.
have deep fondness and great respect for, as well as a wonderful
relationship with Scripps that has spanned more than 15 years,”
says Andrew. “The research and outreach that SIO does have
huge influence on the healthy future of our oceans. I am honored
and humbled to be extended these opportunities to raise public awareness
for positive sea change.”
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