A concert to benefit the local environment will be held in Isla Vista’s Anisq’ Oyo’ Park this Saturday.
The fourth annual Concert for the Coast, hosted by the I.V. Surfrider Foundation, will feature music from The Overtones, White Buffalo and Iration from noon to 5 p.m. Although the concert is free to the public, a raffle will be held to raise money for the More Mesa Preservation Coalition, an organization committed to protecting the More Mesa.
Paul Colbert, I.V. Surfrider chairman, said Hurley International, Rip Curl, Isla Vista Surf Co. and A-Frame Surf Shop donated clothing, such as hats and board shorts, to the raffle.
“We realize that you can’t make much of a difference in the big scheme of things by giving $500,” Colbert said. “Our main goal is to educate people about local issues and how they can help.”
Raffle tickets will be sold for $1. The money raised from last year’s helped fund efforts to preserve Ellwood Mesa. Scott Bull, co-founder of the Shoreline Preservation Fund, said past raffles have typically raised $500 to $600.
“We’re hoping to raise even more money this year because of the quality of the raffle prizes,” Bull said.
The event will also feature speakers on coastal conservation. Surfrider has arranged to have an alcohol permit in the park Saturday, so attendees can bring their own alcoholic beverages.
“The event has been pretty big in the past,” I.V. Surfrider Vice Chair Kelley Neumann said. “Hopefully we can do enough advertising to draw as large a crowd as on Earth Day.”
Other sponsors of the event include Associated Students Program Board, Surf Country Surf Shop, I.V. Bike Boutique, Powell Skateboards and Soul Rider Apparel.