Silver Strand Trash Cleanup

Silver Strand Elementary School 5th Grade students found hundreds of pieces of plastic and other assorted garbage washed up on the shore of Silver Strand Beach after a storm in December last year. 

The CGP Fund recognized this as a learning opportunity for our youth and intervened by requesting the students play a role in ocean stewardship.  The Silver Strand Elementary faculty delightfully agreed and had fun with their students going to work and cleaning up bags and bags of plastic trash before it could wash back into the ocean.  The children showed extra exuberance knowing that they were helping to clear a path for Santa to land his sleigh in a few days from then.  Activities as this play a vital role in protecting marine life and demonstrating ocean stewardship which are the cornerstones of the CGP Fund. By all reports the students were thrilled to be contributing to our oceans’ health in this way, as well as excited to get out of the classroom for a few hours!  To reinforce the students for their hard work the CGP fund awarded each 5th grade class $200 to spend on school supplies.

Congrats to CGP SMM Conference Stipend Winners!

After careful review of 12 applications from around the world, the Coll Perske Memorial Fund for Marine Mammals has awarded a $200 stipend to both Ms. Marina Bauet-Martinez and Ms. Casandra Gálvez as they present their pinniped research at the Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia this October!

The $200 award will cover the cost of registration to the SMM Conference as well as some travel incidentals.

Congratulations to our accomplished award recipients!  We can’t wait to hear more about their research at the SMM Conference this Fall!



CGP Store Now Open For a Limited Time!

The CGP Memorial Fund has partnered with Bonfire to create awesome new shirts for the 4th Annual Coll’s Night at the Park!
Check out the new shirts online at !
Be sure to buy your gear soon – the store closes on June 23 to allow for time to ship and deliver your items before the game.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at Petco Park on Sunday, July 16 in our brand new CGP swag!



4th Annual Coll’s Night at the Park – Sunday (Funday) July 16!

Baseball season is in full swing, which means it’s time for Coll’s Night at the Park!
This year’s game will be on Sunday, July 16th!  We’ll be heading to the Tilted Kilt at 11:30 AM for some pre-game festivities before first pitch at 1:40 PM.
Brand new shirts featuring our new logo will be on sale June 6th, so be sure to get your swag for this year’s event!
We look forward to another great event at the ballpark with family, friends, and Coll’s favorite team!  Go Giants!

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CGP Fund Offers $200 Award to Attend 22nd Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

The Coll Perske Memorial Fund is excited to announce that we will provide up to two $200 awards for student members of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) to attend the 22nd Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals.  This conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from October 22-27, 2017.  Undergraduate or Graduate students that have been selected for oral presentations regarding research with pinnipeds may apply.  The application due date will be determined once abstracts have been chosen by the SMM.

Award winners will be chosen based on the quality of their abstracts and the alignment of their research with the interests of the Coll Perske Memorial Fund. Special consideration will be given to research projects with California sea lions, which were of special importance to Coll.

To apply, please send the following material to

1)   A copy of the abstract submitted to the SMM conference

2)   Proof of registration for the SMM conference

3)   Proof of acceptance for an oral presentation

Award winners will be notified by July 31, 2017.

January Meeting Recap!

Happy New Year, All!

We just held our first meeting of 2017 where we discussed the following:

  • To help remind us of the awesomeness that was Coll, we start each meeting off by telling a fun story about him.  This month’s story included his love for “B Movies” (Sharknado, anyone?!), and how proud he was of the fact that Triassic Attack was filmed in the backyard of his high school home in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Lesser known fact about this movie – it was the first role for Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones (which he also happened to love).  So Daenerys was running around his backyard, and he never shut up about it.
  • We discussed future fundraising efforts and potential ideas for our upcoming Summer 2017 project.  More info to come soon on the 2017 project!
  • We also discussed dates for this year’s Night at the Park, and we’ll be sure to fill you all in as soon as it has been confirmed.

Thanks for checking in, and feel free to leave us a note on the Contact Us page!

Pints for Pinnipeds – Huge Success!

Many thanks to all who came out to support the CGP Fund at our Pints for Pinnipeds event last month!  We enjoyed a night filled with good food, good drinks, good friends, and good memories!

Special thanks to IMATA for supporting the event, to Stone Brewing for hosting us, and to Dr. Sam Ridgway for being our guest of honor!

The funds raised from the event will be used for future projects in support of our mission to improve the lives of marine mammals in honor of Coll, and we certainly could not do this without your help.  So again, a huge THANK YOU to all who came out to the event!

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Pints for Pinnipeds – Nov 17th, 2016 – 6:00PM

Please join us and help raise money for the Coll Perske Memorial Fund for Marine Mammals at the Pints for Pinnipeds fundraising event on Thursday, November 17th at 6:00 pm at Stone Brewing!

In addition to excellent beer and good company, Dr. Sam Ridgway from the National Marine Mammal Foundation and the US Navy Marine Mammal Program will be joining us as a special guest. This is an amazing opportunity to share an evening with the original DOLPHIN DOCTOR! He will be selling copies of his books and will be available to chat about his varied experiences in marine mammal behavior, medicine, and research.

Your ticket includes admission to this exclusive event, a meet and greet with Dr. Ridgway, a pint of San Diego’s finest craft beer (or other beverage of choice), and a door prize ticket. Come raise a glass for pinnipeds with your fellow marine mammal professionals!

Ticket Price: $25 pre purchase/$35 at the door
There are a limited number of tickets available. Purchase your tickets soon!

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens-Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, CA 92106

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