La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Serves Up a Hefty $150K to Birch Aquarium's Seahorses

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Serves Up a Hefty $150K to Birch Aquarium's SeahorsesSource: Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Ben J. Costas
Published on November 29, 2023

Seahorses take center stage at the Birch Aquarium, thanks to a generous $150,000 donation from the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The Potbelly Seahorse exhibit now proudly carries the club's name, showcasing their commitment to marine life, per Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

The unveiling of a stunning new plaque marked the occasion, emphasizing the longstanding connection between the club and these unique sea creatures, featured in the club's logo since 1935. Michael O’Donohue, Managing Director of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, expressed pride in supporting conservation and education efforts through this partnership with Birch Aquarium.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, recognized for its contributions to the community, received awards such as the Family-Owned & Closely-Held Business Award from The San Diego Business Journal and the Workplace Excellence Award from Peter Barron Stark Companies. Their involvement extends beyond tennis, embracing environmental stewardship.

As the holiday season unfolds, Birch Aquarium's Executive Director, Harry Helling, emphasizes the significance of this partnership. He expressed gratitude for the club's support of their mission, highlighting the commitment to ocean conservation and biodiversity during the season of giving.

The collaboration goes beyond symbolic gestures, as the Potbelly Seahorse Habitat plays a crucial role in Birch Aquarium's participation in Species Survival Plans. These plans, endorsed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, aim to maintain genetic diversity in marine species. Since 2018, the habitat within the Seadragons & Seahorses exhibit has contributed to the survival of these captivating ocean dwellers, leaving a lasting impression on the over 2 million visitors who have experienced its wonders.