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10th Annual Laguna HERO Fest
A Celebration of World Oceans Day - JUNE 8TH!

Now celebrating it's 10th year the Laguna Hero Fest is a wonderful community building event held annually at [seven-degrees] in beautiful Laguna Beach. Thanks to support from the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

Featured Heroes from the 2017 Laguna Hero Fest
World Oceans Day - Celebrate Marine Parks -
One World One Ocean produced this video to raise awareness about World Oceans Day!
Producer: One World One Ocean
Toni Iseman - Community Hero Award - USA
Laguna Beach Mayor, Toni Iseman, receives the 2017 Community Hero Award for her service to the Laguna Beach Community. Produced by Charles McMahon.
Producer: Charles McMahon
Laguna Beach Lifeguards! - USA
MY HERO Honors Laguna Beach Lifeguards on World Oceans Day!
Producer: The MY HERO Project
Laguna ECO HERO Segment: MacGillivrays One World One Ocean - USA
Segment from the Laguna Beach ECO Heroes documentary featuring the work of Greg, Barbara, Shawn & Meghan Magillivray with their One World One Ocean Campaign.
Producer: The MY HERO Project

Pacific Marine Mammal Center - 2017 release - USA
Producer: Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Laguna Bluebelt 2017 Photo Contest Winners! -
The Laguna Bluebelt Photo contest winners slideshow - no sound.
Producer: Laguna Bluebelt
La Vida Laguna - Ocean Hero -
Billy Fried leads this innovative Ocean minded group in Laguna Beach.
Producer: La Vida Laguna
Sawdust Festival Artist Profile Series - Patsee Ober, Underwater Photographer - USA
Patsee Ober Underwater Photographer reveals the magic just beneath the surface of the sea.
Producer: Sparkle Films

Artist Profile - Robert Young - USA
Cory Sparkuhl produced this wonderful tribute to Laguna Beach Artist Robert Young.
Producer: Sparkle Films
Ocean Institute - Adopt a Class Program - USA
Adopt a Class program impacts the lives of many youth introducing them to Ocean Conservation at the Ocean Institute.
Producer: Ocean Institute

Historic American Landscape Survey Project for Laguna beach and Laguna Greenbelt -
Laguna Beach Heroes Ron Chilcote and Tom Lamb facilitated national recognition for Laguna Beach and the Laguna Greenbelt!
Producer: Tom Lamb & Ron Chilcote

Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award sizzle & 2017 winner
Sylvia Earle OCEAN Conservation Award WINNERS REEL - USA
Highlighting winning films in the MY HERO International Film Festival for the Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award sponsored by One World One Ocean
Producer: The MY HERO Project
Bazaruto Ocean Guardians - Mozambique
Meet the Ocean Guardians of Bazaruto Mozambique, who work tirelessly to teach local communities about the importance of conservation.
Producer: Finn White-Thomson
Finn Moss White-Thomson Acceptance - UK
Finn Moss White-Thomson accepts the Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award.
Producer: MY HERO

10th Annual Laguna Hero Fest Event media
Toni Iseman at 10th Annual Laguna Hero Fest -
Laguna Beach Mayor, Toni Iseman, accepts the Community Hero Award at the 10th Annual Laguna Hero Fest.
Producer: MY HERO
Greg and Barbara MacGillivray at Laguna Hero Fest 2017 -
Greg and Barbara MacGillivray share their passion for the ocean at the 10th Annual Laguna Hero Fest.
John Gardiner - Laguna Poet - Laguna Hero Fest -
Laguna Poet, John Gardiner, shares his moving poetry at the 10th Annual Laguna Hero Fest!
Producer: MY HERO
Chase - Ted Talk -
Fifth grade student from TOW, Chase, delivers his passionate "Ted Talk" to encourage ocean conservation!
Producer: MY HERO

Sean - Ted Talk at Laguna Hero Fest 2017 -
Seam shares his passion for the sea in his Ocean Warrior "Ted Talk"!
Debbie and Charlotte Young at Laguna Hero Fest -
Debbie and Charlotte Young accept the Ocean Hero Award on behalf of the late artist, Robert Young.
Producer: MY HERO
PATSEE OBER at the Laguna Hero Fest 2017 -
Patsee Ober shares her journey to become a professional photographer.
Producer: MY HERO
Laguna Bluebelt Team at Laguna Hero Fest 2017 -
Laguna Bluebelt team and winning photographers take the stage at the 10th Annual Laguna Hero Fest!
Producer: MY HERO

Featured Content from 2017 Youth Program
Ditty for Dilley: Sing Along - USA
Sing along with us as we celebrate James Dilley through song. Featuring original music by Sasha Evans and Doug Miller.
Producer: MY HERO
Everything Laguna Beach - Ocean Segment -
John Barrett produces Everything Laguna Beach and shares the Ocean Segment with MY HERO.
Producer: John Barrett

The 10th Annual Laguna Hero Fest was dedicated to Stu Saffer

Films Celebrating 2016 Honorees
Community HERO Gregg Abel - USA
The 2016 Community Award recipient is Gregg Abel for more than 35 years of service to greater Laguna Beach.
Producer: Charles McMahon
Pray For A Cure by Music in Common -
This original song and music video was created by local youth from diverse religious backgrounds titled “Pray for a Cure", mentored through the Music in Common program at the Laguna College of Art and Design, spearheaded by Jason Feddy, Warren Sellars, and Alisa Eisenberg.
Producer: Music in Common
Art and Nature by Greg MacGillivray for The Laguna Art Museum - USA
Marinta Skupin became the Curator of Education at Laguna Art Museum in 2012. Skupin creates opportunities for all audiences to engage in meaningful and enjoyable ways with art. The Art & Nature Festival, now going into its 4th year, is one of her most successful projects and her enthusiasm for art is infectious.
Producer: Greg MacGillivray
Laguna Beach Live!, a non-profit organization, strives to increase the awareness of and participation in diverse musical experiences, enhancing the reputation of Laguna Beach as a music town. Since 2001, Laguna Beach Live! has brought professional music to the community of Laguna Beach in intimate settings, at accessible venues and at affordable prices. lagunabeachlive.org/
Producer: Laguna Beach Live

POSITIVE SPIN featuring Give a Beat -
Community music educational non-profit organization Give a Beat, founded by Laguna Beach entrepreneur Lauren Segal brings a positive spin to youth in need.
Producer: Give a Beat

9th Annual Laguna Hero Fest Honorees

Gregg Abel at the 2015 Laguna Hero Fest
Credit: Miss Jaime Photography

The 2016 Laguna Hero Fest Community Award is being presented to Gregg Abel for more than 35 years of service to greater Laguna Beach. His impressive work includes designing and building beautiful custom homes all over Laguna, serving as the former President of the local Chamber of Commerce, actively leading, with his wife Kathy, the growth of the Friendship Shelter, and currently serving as a Board of Director for the Laguna Food Pantry. Gregg's generosity to this town is unprecedented.

Jason Feddy with Pray for a Cure Music Video Participants
Credit: Music In Common

Patsee Ober Photography
Credit: Patsee Ober

Art & Nature Laguna Art Museum - honoree Marinta Skupin
Credit: Laguna Art Museum

Zeda Stone and Bryn Mooser honorees from RYOT.org
Credit: RYOT

RYOT Foundation has launched a program called " The Great Escape Project". This program will bring uplifting Virtual Reality experiences to children who are patients at CHOC Hospital. Zeda Stone and Bryn Mooser both with roots in Laguna Beach are spearheading this humanitarian project.

Pediatric Patients at CHOC Hospital experience Virtual Reality from RYOT Foundation
Credit: RYOT

Give a Beat.org
by Lauren Segal, Founder
Whitney Winefordner
by Laguna Beach Teen Vocalist
Patsee Ober Swimming in the Pacific Ocean by Laguna
by Patsee Ober
by Karla Fandel, Art Director

Special thanks to our sponsors


KX93.5 FM

City of Laguna Beach


Featured Laguna Beach Heroes from 2015
Laguna Beach Eco Heroes: One World One Ocean - USA
One World One Ocean is a global campaign led by Greg MacGillivray to raise awareness for ocean conservation.
Producer: The MY HERO Project
Laguna Beach Eco Heroes: Wyland - USA
Wyland is an iconic activist who uses his art, music and love of nature to inspire and encourage stewardship of the planet.
Producer: The MY HERO Project
Laguna Beach Eco Heroes: Mary Fegraus - USA
Mary Fegraus has lead the campaign to create a wilderness park in the greenbelt surrounding Laguna Beach. Thank You Mary Fegraus.
Producer: The MY HERO Project
Laguna Beach Eco Heroes: James Dilley - USA
James Dilley is the father of the Laguna Greenbelt and is commemorated in this wonderful little Ditty.
Producer: The MY HERO Project

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