2007-06-22 / Community

Celebrities Clean Up Rockaway Beach

Andrew Keegan (left) and Sal Masekela do their part at last Saturday's "Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project" at Rockaway Beach.
Andrew Keegan (left) and Sal Masekela do their part at last Saturday's "Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project" at Rockaway Beach. Several famous faces, along with volunteers from the community, pitched in to clean up Rockaway's beaches at last Saturday's "Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project."

Celebrities and community volunteers gathered trash and debris to make the beach barefoot-friendly, just in time for the busy summer season. Sal Masekela, host of E! Channel's "The Daily Ten" and ESPN's "X Games;" actor Andrew Keegan (WB's "Related" and "10 Things I Hate About You"), who is also a producer and surfing enthusiast; Kristen Schaal from the new HBO show "Flight of the Conchords," and the rescue project's spokesperson Jill Cunniff, from the band Luscious Jackson, all came down to Rockaway's shores to participate in the efforts of Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation.

The grassroots, non-profit environmental event is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans and beaches. Barefoot, a California winery, has been an active supporter of various organizations for the past 20 years. The company is committed to Surfrider Foundation's mission to improve coastal water quality, promote free and open beach access, preserve coastal ecosystems, and protect public beaches.

From left: Kristen Schaal, Masekela, Keegan and designer Nina Clemente enjoy a post-cleanup party at Pier 92.
From left: Kristen Schaal, Masekela, Keegan and designer Nina Clemente enjoy a post-cleanup party at Pier 92. Between June and September of 2007, Barefoot and Surfrider will travel from coast to coast to rescue, restore and renew beaches and coastal communities. Led by Barefoot and Surfrider members, local residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the cleanups. The Rockaway cleanup was followed by an evening celebration of Barefoot wine tastings and a live musical performance by Cunniff at Pier 92.

The next cleanup event will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information on the beach rescue project, visit Barefoot Wine's website at www.barefootwine. com/ beachrescue or the Surfrider Foundation's website at www.surfrider. org.

From left: Laura Mazzarella from the Surfrider Foundation, Jake Wheatley from Barefoot Wine, and Wave columnist Dorothy Dunne.
From left: Laura Mazzarella from the Surfrider Foundation, Jake Wheatley from Barefoot Wine, and Wave columnist Dorothy Dunne.

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